The South Plains is the king in cotton and now one local town is getting some national recognition. Out of almost 100 cities in the country, the city of Floydada has been named Cotton Town USA by the National Cotton Women's Committee and Bayer Crop Science.
If you are just passing through, Floydada looks like any ordinary West Texas farming town, but to Director of Economic Development, Dora Ross, it is one of the kings in cotton. That is why she nominated Floydada Cotton Town USA.
"I just put our stats in there about how our county is just really dependent on cotton. And we've got I think 10 cotton gins in the county with over 300 employees just during ginning season and that's a whole lot for a town the size of Floydada," says Ross.
Ross says Floydada will receive $10,000 from its Cotton Town USA award to help fund their community technology center. "The technology center is going to be the backbone to trying to improve the economy in Floydada. It will give us a place to do workforce development and computer training," says Ross.
The center will also provide education classes to citizens who do not have the time or opportunity for higher education. "The 2000 Census revealed that 61% of adults in Floyd County do not have a high school diploma or GED and that is adults over 18 not enrolled in school. That is high for the South Plains, it is very high," says Ross.
Ross hopes the center will help educate the citizens and farmers of Cotton Town USA. "We hope to be able to take our farmers and teach them how to go on the web and research other means of marketing their cotton. You know we have lots of farmers who are entrepreneurs. They are entrepreneurs. They are small business owners. Farming nowadays is a business and it has to be run like a business as well," says Ross.
The technology center in Floydada will undergo a facelift before it opens its doors in February of next year. Out of more than 80 cities, Floydada, Stamford and Dermott, Arkansas received the Cotton Town USA awards for this year.