Galloway EDC opens its doors

John W. Galloway, right, thanks the community for the honor he received this week when the new John W. Galooway Economic Development Center opened at 120 N. Washington St. in downtown. His wife, Elizabeth, shows her support for the longtime businessman and one-time mayor of the city.

BEEVILLE – John Galloway, a longtime businessman, was in his usual humble mode Tuesday afternoon, June 4,  as a new economic development building with his name on it opened downtown.

Accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth, and four grandchildren, the former mayor of his hometown said, “I appreciate this very much.”

“I’d like to say what an honor this is,” Galloway told the assembled well-wishers inside the John W. Galloway Economic Development Center at 120 N. Washington St.

The owner of Galloway & Sons Funeral Home laughed as he said, “I’ve been involved in economic development here for 50 years.”

The opening ceremony officially started with comments from County Judge Stephanie Moreno and Beeville’s new mayor, Frank Dominguez.

Moreno commented on how far the work on the building had progressed since it had been leased as an economic development center for Bee County.

She pointed to the concrete floor and said that had been dirt when she first walked into the building.

Dominguez called Galloway a great example of a local businessman who had dedicated so much to his community.

Members of the Galloway family joined him to cut the Bee County Chamber of Commerce ribbon, officially opening the business center.

They included Galloway and his wife, Elizabeth, granddaughters Jane Hunt and Hanna Galloway and grandsons Jake and Chase Galloway.

The intention of the new facility is to seek out new business opportunities and give them a central location through which to find the resources necessary to create new employment opportunities in the county.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.