The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) has announced the recipients of our 2019 Workforce Excellence Awards. The awards will be presented at a special awards breakfast held Thursday, June 13, 2018, at the TEDC’s Mid-Year Conference in Rockwall, Texas. The two and one half-day conference was held June 12-14, 2019, at the Hilton Rockwall Hotel.

The Workforce Excellence Award program recognizes exceptional contributions by a Texas community or region that has implemented successful workforce initiatives. The TEDC’s Workforce Development Committee reviewed applications from communities and organizations across the state of Texas. Nominees were then judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.

“Our marketing and awareness program is a combined effort of regional stakeholders including the East Harris County Manufacturing Association, community colleges (San Jacinto College and Lee College), petrochemworks.com, Dream It, Do It Southeast Texas Foundation, and the school districts and community organizations around Harris County.  Through the combined efforts of these partners, since 2016, we’ve coordinated over 260 events and informed more than 35,000 individuals of the high-demand careers and the pathways to those careers.” “Patti Bell, our Workforce Development Coordinator leads the effort and makes it all possible.”  Chad Burke, President & CEO of the Economic Alliance.

“The TEDC’s Workforce Excellence Award is one of the ways in which our organization honors the outstanding work done by our communities and regions, their leaders, and their economic development professionals in the area of workforce development,” noted Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of the TEDC.”

The TEDC was organized in 1961 and 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 over 850 members, the TEDC is now the largest state economic development association in the nation.