The Economic Excellence Recognition program provides recognition to economic development organizations that meet a desired threshold of organizational proficiency and effectiveness. It is the eleventh consecutive year TEDC has awarded the honor to KEDC.
“TEDC’s Economic Excellence Recognition program is one of the ways in which our organization honors the outstanding commitment to excellence of our communities and regions, their leaders and their economic development professionals have toward the professionalism of their economic development efforts,” said Carlton Schwab, president and CEO of TEDC.
“The KEDC board and staff place a high value on professional development and accountability,” said Lisa Denton, KEDC’s executive director. “To have the organization’s efforts acknowledged at a state level is quite an honor.”
Kilgore EDC was one of fifty-seven (57) communities recognized for 2021, a record-breaking number.
About TEDC: Texas Economic Development Council, established in 1961, is an Austin-based, statewide, non-profit professional association, dedicated to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Texas. The TEDC provides information, educational and legislative services to more than 875 members. The organization’s objective is to support the economic growth of Texas and develop strategies that promote a positive business climate in the state.
About Kilgore EDC: Kilgore Economic Development Corp. is an organization focused on growing and diversifying the Kilgore economy. In the last five years KEDC staff closed projects that represent more than $190 million in new and retained capital investment and more than 2,600 jobs. It is directed by a five-person board, and managed by a staff of four with certifications in economic development and economic development finance. KEDC has won international awards for excellence in economic development and has been selected as the outstanding Texas community of its size in 2001, 2007, 2015, and 2019. In 2020, KEDC was recognized by IEDC as the Economic Development Organization of the Year.