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KEDC Recognized as Excellent by Peers

Kilgore Economic Development Corporation was one of 33 organizations to receive the 2017 Economic Excellence Recognition from the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC). The recognition was based on activities completed in 2016.  KEDC was recognized in 2007 and each year since 2009. 
The Economic Excellence Recognition program provides acknowledgment to economic development organizations that meet a desired threshold of professionalism. Organizations are eligible for recognition based on qualifying activities such as organizational proficiency, certifications, and continuing education.
'Demonstrating excellence in activities and in the way we conduct business is an important credential for Kilgore Economic Development,' said KEDC Executive Director Amanda Nobles.  'As a smaller community we need to establish that Kilgore not only desires to assist primary employers, but also is capable and professional in its efforts.' 
‘TEDC’s Economic Excellence Recognition program is one of the ways in which our organization honors the outstanding commitment to excellence of our communities toward the professionalization of their economic development efforts,’ noted Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of the TEDC.
The 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. TEDC provides information, educational and legislative services to nearly 850 members with an objective to support the economic growth of Texas and develop strategies that promote a positive business climate in the state.
Founded in 1990, Kilgore Economic Development Corporation is funded by a dedicated sales tax approved by local voters.  The organization is under the direction of a five-person board and is managed by a staff of four. In the last five years KEDC staff closed projects that represent almost $55 million investment and more than 2200 jobs. KEDC also connects local employers with resources and economic development programs.