Feb 21, 2020

Brazos Valley Hosts TEDC Winter Conference

Steve Fullhart

The Texas Economic Development Council brought the 2020 edition of its annual Winter Conference to the Brazos Valley.

More than 200 economic development professionals from across the state signed up to attend presentations and panel discussions at the Hilton College Station February 19-21. Topics ranging from transportation to incentives to broadband to career and technical education were part of the conference.

"It's a growing and dynamic place," TEDC President/CEO Cartlon Schwab said of the Brazos Valley. "It was time for us to come back here. It was long overdue, actually, and we're glad to be here. It's been a fabulous turnout, lots of support by the Brazos Valley EDC, lots of support by local and regional sponsors."

Experts connected to Texas A&M University and the A&M University System made up a significant number of the presenters, including the director of the revolutionary RELLIS Campus, Kelly Templin.

Following a Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation-sponsored breakfast Thursday morning, College Station Mayor Karl Mooney welcomed the group to the area. That night, participants took part in a reception at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which A&M mascot Reveille IX also attended.

During the conference, the BVEDC was the recipient of an Economic Excellence Recognition from the TEDC.

Since 1961, TEDC has been working to develop economic and employment opportunities in the state. The non-profit professional association provides information, educational and legislative services to its approximately 850 members, of which the BVEDC is one.

“Attending TEDC conferences provides our staff with valuable insights and connections which we use to help companies launch, grow and locate in the Brazos Valley,” said BVEDC President/CEO Matt Prochaska. “To not only attend the Winter Conference but have it in our community offered us a great opportunity to showcase ‘The Hub of the Texas Triangle,’ all it has to offer and its limitless potential. We are thankful our friends at TEDC chose us for one of their major annual events.”