Tom McClurg

Freelance Business Plan Writer & Editor

Location:Humble, Texas, United States
2 Skills

Tom McClurg, Jr.

I am a retired individual but am interested in possible relocation. I have over 40 years of non-profit and local government administrative experience at the executive level. My goal is to find suitable work in a rural area, preferably in Kentucky or that region with either a small community economic development agency or non-profit social service agency, but will consider any viable offers. I am not interested in relocating to major urban areas.

Education: Centenary College, Shreveport, La., 1968, BA History and Government
Postgraduate work at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, La., 1969. Economic Development Administrators Course, Texas A&M. Numerous economic development, business management, and financial training courses

Military: U. S. Air Force, 1969 - 1973. Honorable Discharge, Staff Sergeant; Eglin AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, AK

Current Occupation:

Retired from active Government Service, July 31, 2007
Owner, McClurg & Associates, a Private Business and Government Agency
Consulting and Grant Writing firm, Current contracts:
Terra BioChem – chemical manufacturer
North Star Resource Management Services – wood product manufacturer
Natural Resource Energy – wood pellet manufacturer
Jasper Hospital District – grant writer
Co-owner of North Star Gasifier, LLC, an alternative biofuels equipment manufacturer. Working with gasification, wood pellet manufacturing.

Previous Employment:

Executive Director, Jasper Economic Development Corporation. May 2000 to July 2007. Duties included: Organization and management of city-wide economic development program; recruit and retain businesses; develop and manage industrial parks within the City; grant writing and developing finances to support JEDCO and for existing and start-up businesses. Retired July 31, 2007.

Housing and Economic Development Consultant, Hunter & Hunter Consultants. January 1997 to May 2000. Duties include: Provide consultant and managerial services to housing finance corporations, mortgage companies, and realtors concerning government-financed affordable housing programs; provide grant writing assistance to rural cities and counties for Community Development Block Grant, federal HOME programs, Economic Development Administration, and USDA Rural Development programs; develop concept papers, future planning documents, and operational plans for small cities and economic development corporations; administer operations of economic development corporations. Served as Director, Linden Economic Development Corporation. Consultant to City of Linden, McGregor Economic Development Corporation, Naples Chamber of Commerce, Sam Rayburn area, Royce City, Rockwall Housing Development Corporation, Texas Rural Development Council (Camp Wood, Crystal City, Daingerfield, Jasper)

Executive Director, East Texas Human Development Corporation (HUDCO), and Executive Director, Harrison County Housing Authority. January 1980-December 1996. Reports to Chairman, Board of Directors; 15-member Board; Chairman, Harrison County Housing Authority, 5 member Commission. Operated in a seven-county district. Served both positions concurrently.

Duties included fiscal management, planning, and program development, as well as general administrative oversight and responsibility for all operations of a $4.5 million private, not-for-profit multi-purpose social service agency with over 200 employees. Included anti-poverty activities such as Project Head Start, CCMS Child Care, Senior Citizen Activity and Nutrition Centers, Meals on Wheels, Home Weatherization, Housing Development/New Home Construction, Neighborhood Revitalization/Economic Development, Emergency Services, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, HUD Section 8 Rental Assistance, and others.

Director, Project Head Start, East Texas Human Development Corporation, 1973 - 1980. Responsible for daily supervision of all program activities, as well as planning and development for anti-poverty programs for children and youth programs. Projects included Summer Nutrition and Youth Recreation programs and child care services.

Related Recent Experience and Community Involvement:

Jasper County Historical Museum, Board of Directors, 2013 -- ongoing
Lake Sam Rayburn Pavilion Association, Treasurer, Board of Directors, 1998 –
Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Treasurer, Board of Directors, 2005 –
Pineywoods Economic Partnership, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, 2005 –
Deep East Texas Regional Economic Development Initiative (DETCOG),
Chairman – 2005 -2007
Partnership of Southeast Texas, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2008
Texas Economic Development Council, Legislative Affairs/Rural Affairs
Committees, 2001 – 2010
Texas Rural Development Council, Community Needs Assessment Team
Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness, Task Force for
Case Management Implementation, 1994 - 1999. Advised State on
consolidation of job training and child care programs, especially as related to case management.
East Texas Council of Governments, Private Industry Council. 1983 - 1996.
Policy Board to administer JTPA programs.
Harrison County Child Welfare Board – 1975 - 1986

Skills and Experience:

Proposal development and grant writing to state, federal, and private funding sources including projects funded by above governmental agencies, the Meadows Foundation, Hogg Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Rural LISC, and Fannie Mae Foundation.

Managerial expertise in statistical analysis and financial cost analysis as would apply to program planning and development in private, non-profit and governmental entities. Specialize in anti-poverty programs. Certified in preparation and administration of SBA 504, USDA Business and Industry, and USDA Rural Energy Assistance Program lending.

Personnel management, including supervision, fringe benefit packages, compensation, OSHA, and civil rights compliance.

Community organization techniques and local program implementation, including working directly with Boards of Directors and community advisory committees, public hearings, grievance processes, and public relations. Plan and organize fund raising.

Governmental liaison with state and federal agencies including U. S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, U. S. Dept. of Energy, U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Economic Development Administration, Texas Dept. of Commerce, Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Dept. of Parks and Wildlife, Texas Dept. of Commerce, Texas Dept. on Aging, and members of the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Governmental liaison with local units of government including numerous County Commissioner's Courts, city governments, school districts and Councils of Governments. Extensive contacts in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.

Relationships with various community service agencies such as MH-MR, community action agencies, Red Cross, Salvation Army, chambers of commerce, Texas Rural Development Corp., United Way, and many others.

Significant Accomplishments:

Served as Financial Consultant for Terra BioChem LLC and helped develop a $5.7 million chemical plant in Jasper, Texas. Secured $3.7 million in USDA B&I Guaranteed Loan and $750,000 equipment loan for the plant operations.

Site Consultant for Natural Resource Energy, a British firm seeking to place 3 to 5 wood pellet manufacturing mills in Texas and Louisiana for export to Europe. Project still in progress and am actively involved.

Assisted in the development of Premier Pellets, LLC, a New Mexico wood pellet and wood shavings manufacturing firm in Tularosa, NM. Provided site location, financial planning, and local government laision. Gained extensive experience in wood pellet production and biomass utilization.

Part owner of North Star Gasifier, LLC, a new alternative fuel technology, designed to convert various biomass feedstocks into various gases which can be used to produce power, or heat to produce steam, or gases such as methane and hydrogen for other manufacturing purposes. The North Star Gasifier was designed in conjunction with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Consulted for North Star Resource Management Services on business development in biomass collection and utilization. Worked with companies in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Colorado on North Star’s behalf.

Awarded $800,000 grant from Economic Development Administration for new Jasper Vocational Training Center. Successfully recruited Tiger Truck (Chang’An Automobiles) first Chinese auto assembly plant in US to Jasper, TX. Recruited Explorer Aircraft to Jasper, TX. Recruited Lowe’s, Walgreen’s and Tractor Supply stores to Jasper, TX. Worked with Jasper County to form Jasper County Development District #1 for economic development in rural Jasper County. Completed $1.8 million Jasper Airport Industrial Park. Secured and initiated development of Jasper Rail Park for heavy industrial development. Secured $325,000 grant to construct Lake Sam Rayburn Pavilion to serve as professional fishing tournament headquarters for Lake Sam Rayburn, Tx. Wrote major proposal for Jasper County Commissioners Court to successfully win construction of new Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Fish Hatchery at Lake Sam Rayburn which will be the largest fish hatchery in Texas. Brought first C.A.S.T. For Kids fishing tournament to Jasper in 2002 and actively participate with on-going children’s fishing tournaments.

Secured $175,000 Small Business Loan Fund for Linden Economic Development Corporation. Developed City Park grant for Linden, Texas. Secured financing and property for 84-acre Linden Industrial Park. Assisted in establishment of City Library, Naples, Texas. Developed City of McGregor Industrial Park Plan for 9600-acre former military facility. Secured $800,000 grant for Community Development affecting Marshall, surrounding communities, and having impact on location of TSTC in Marshall. Secured $400,000 grant for acquisition of new facility for City of Longview Head Start program. Acquired 154 lots in Marshall by private donation to begin their first low-income housing project since early 1970's. Created new home construction-single family homebuyer's program for low-income families with $347,000 HOME grant from Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs. Secured initial grant for East Texas Open Door located in Marshall to create one of the premier youth shelters in Texas. Founded Retired Senior Volunteer Program for East Texas.

Successfully managed East Texas Human Development Corporation, a Community Action Program, starting as a Head Start Program Director for seven years, and becoming the agency Executive Director and serving in that capacity for 16 years. Increased programs from a small rural two county project to serving up to nine counties with over two hundred employees. One of the largest rural programs in Texas.

I also volunteer my services to missionary groups in the Navajo Nations in New Mexico and Utah and to the Dominican Republic and Haiti providing planning and implementation assistance on various economic development/community development initiatives. I am working with a United Methodist organization from Georgia to assist with implementation of a sustainable agrarian-based economy, possibly resulting in ethanol or biodiesel production.


Available upon request.
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Business Plan Writing