TEDC Presents Workforce Excellence Awards at 2018 Mid-Year Conference

9 Aug 2018

Release by Texas Economic Development Council

For more information contact:
Mr. Carlton Schwab
Texas Economic Development Council
(512) 480-8432

The  Texas  Economic  Development  Council  (TEDC)  has  announced  the  recipients  of  its annual Workforce Excellence Awards for 2018.  The awards will be presented at a special awards breakfast held Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the TEDC’s Mid-Year Conference in Galveston, Texas. The two and one half-day conference was held June 13-15, 2018 at the Moody Gardens Hotel.

The  Workforce  Excellence  Award  program  recognizes  exceptional  contributions by a Texas community or region that has implemented successful workforce initiatives. The TEDC’s Workforce Development  Committee committee  reviewed  applications  from nineteen  (19) communities and organizations.  Nominees  were  then  judged  on  five  criteria:  innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.

Communities nominated included:

  • Population Less than 15,000 – Athens EDC, City of Azle, Borger EDC and Bowie EDC. Population 15,001 to 40,000 – City of Corsicana and the City of Donna.
  • Population 40,001 to 100,000 – Allen EDC and the City of Burleson/Burleson EDC.
  • Population 100,001 to 250,000 – Development Corporation of Abilene and the Research Valley Partnership.
  • Population 250,001 and Above – Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, Katy EDC/Katy ISD, Lubbock EDA and Project Quest.
  • Regional – New Braunfels and Seguin EDC, Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, Workforce Solutions Central Texas, Workforce Solutions Borderplex and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas.

The 2018 Workforce Excellence Award recipients are:

  • Population (up to 15,000): Bowie Economic Development Corporation
  • Population (15,001 to 40,000): City of Corsicana
  • Population (40,001 to 100,000): City of Burleson/Burleson EDC
  • Population (100,000 to 250,000): Research Valley Partnership
  • Population  (250,001 and Above): Lubbock Economic Development Alliance
  • Regional Category: Workforce Solutions Central Texas

“Our TEDC’s Workforce Excellence Award is one of  the ways in which our organization honors  the outstanding  work  done  by  our  communities and  regions,  their  leaders,  and  their  economic development  professionals in  the  area  of  workforce  development,” noted  Carlton  Schwab, President/CEO of the TEDC.”

The TEDC was organized in 1961 and provides information, education and legislative services to its members  to  foster  the  expansion  of  existing  businesses,  the  location  of  new  firms  and  the development  of  strategies  that  promote  a  positive  business  climate  in  Texas.  With  over 850 members, the TEDC is now the largest state economic development association in the nation.