For the second straight year, the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation has earned a top recognition from the Texas Economic Development Council.
On Tuesday, February 23 as part of its annual legislative conference, TEDC announced the BVEDC was one of 51 economic development organizations receiving its Economic Excellence Recognition for 2020.
According to TEDC, the program provides recognition to organizations meeting a desired threshold of professionalism. The honor is based in part on training taken by board members, the head of the organization and its staff. Also considered are certifications, memberships and activities related to economic development, as well as organizational effectiveness of the staff.
"We're grateful to have earned this recognition from TEDC for our efforts in 2020," said BVEDC Board Chair Mike Gentry. "The growth of the Brazos Valley and its growing potential require the best expertise and efforts of everyone involved in our community's economic development. The BVEDC's board, staff and funding partners are committed to excellence as, together, we help companies launch, grow and locate here."
"The TEDC 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 TEDC President/CEO Carlton Schwab.
In addition to two straight years receiving the Economic Excellence Recognition, the Brazos Valley also received a 2020 Community Economic Development Award from TEDC, as announced in September. The CEDA for all Texas metropolitan areas with at least 250,000 residents was presented for the $120 million capital investment by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies to expand its facilities located in the Brazos Valley Biocorridor.
The Brazos Valley also hosted TEDC's 2020 Winter Conference in January of that year, with more than 200 economic development professionals from across Texas registered to attend presentations and panel discussions.
More than 850 members make up the non-profit TEDC, which is celebrating 60 years supporting economic growth in the state and developing strategies to promote a positive business climate.