DOTHAN, Ala. – The Houston Economic Development Association, the operator of Country Crossing’s electronic bingo operation, announces its board of directors and mission to the community.

The non-profit’s board of directors is made up of three members: Frank Wendt, president, HEDA; James Weatherford, Weatherford and Williams, LLP; and Bill Durden, Durden Outdoor Displays Inc.

The three-member board is tasked with promoting sound economic development policies, providing leading-edge economic development education and nurturing an effective economic development network to foster the economic health of the Wiregrass region.

“This organization will bring about a great change to the Wiregrass Area,” says Frank Wendt, president, HEDA. “We are looking forward to working with business professionals and non-profit organizations to help stretch much needed dollars and ensure that the Wiregrass becomes an economic leader in the state.”

The Houston Economic Development Association includes a mixture of local, state, corporate and non-profit economic development professionals from the Wiregrass region. Through meetings, conferences and seminars, HEDA will work to educate individuals at all levels to ensure that the Wiregrass retains a competitive advantage through well-informed, up-to-date economic development practices.

One way HEDA will generate revenue to fulfill its mission is through the operation of the charitable electronic bingo facility at Country Crossing. In accordance with its Articles of Incorporation, HEDA will pay 100 percent of its net revenues to the Houston County Foundation for distribution to local charities.

Bill Durden added, “We look forward to working with the Houston County Foundation in giving much needed funds to the community. So many will benefit from this process.”

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