The contract calls for Longoria to work half time, 20 hours a week, for the authority.
The board authorized BDA Executive Director Joe B. Montez to sign the contract with Longoria shortly after members approved an agreement between the BDA and Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation.
The EIC board has recommended that the City Council approve awarding a $50,000 grant that the BDA requested to pay Longoria. The money will come out of the city’s 4B sales tax funds.
Longoria is a Beeville native who has lived in Corpus Christi for many years. The former banker and Boys & Girls Club director was elected to the City Council here and served as mayor pro tem. He also has served on the City Council and school board in Corpus Christi.
Montez has said he needs some assistance working with businesses coming to Beeville to work in the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas formation.
In other business, the BDA board voted to:
— Approve a sublease agreement between Kay and Associates and Jake’s All American Bar BQ, LLC for the operation of a food service business at the Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance facilities at the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex.
— Allow Montez to sign an agreement between the Office of the Governor Texas Military Preparedness Commission and BDA.
The agreement allows the BDA to receive a $645,600 grant from the commission to help fund the construction of a 38,000-square-foot warehouse for the Sikorsky operation at Chase Field.
— Authorize the executive director to enter into a mortgage agreement between the BDA and U.S. Economic Development Administration that places a 20-year lien on Hangars 24 and 25 at Chase Field to assure that grant funds paid to the authority are properly used.
The lien would allow the government to collect a pro rata share of the grant money in the event the BDA should sell the property within 20 years.
— Allow Montez to sign a non-federal reimbursement agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration in the amount of $72,822.26. The agreement is similar to the one that will be signed between the BDA and EDA. That agreement involves the FAA’s funding of the installation of a Global Positioning Service navigation system for the BDA’s industrial airport operation at Chase Field.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.