The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) announced the recipients of its annual Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) for 2018.
The Community Economic Development Award program recognizes exceptional contributions of TEDC member cities toward the economic vitality of their communities and the state of Texas through creativity, leadership, and partnership in the achievement of business retention, business recruitment and community improvement.
The CEDA committee received 25 applications this year. Nominees were judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.
The 2018 CEDA recipients are:
- Population Less than 10,000: Development Corporation of Haskell
- Population 10,001 to 20,000: Sulphur Springs Economic Development Corporation
- Population 20,001 to 50,000: Greenville Economic Development Corporation
- Population 50,001 to 100,000: Waller County
- Population 100,001 to 250,000: Tyler EDC, Lindale EDC, and Mineola EDC
- Population 250,001 and Above: San Antonio EDF
"Our Community Economic Development Award is one of the ways in which our organization honors the excellent work done by our communities, their leaders, and their economic development professionals," says Tom Long, 2018 chair of the Texas Economic Development Council. "Each community nominated achieved excellence in economic development and substantially improved the economic base of their respective regions. The recipient communities in each population category were recognized for extraordinary accomplishments in meeting the criteria set forth in the nomination process."
The TEDC 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 850 members, the TEDC is the largest state economic development association in the nation.