The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) has announced Amarillo as a recipient of its annual Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) for 2022. The awards were presented at the Award Luncheon at the TEDC’s 2022 Annual Conference on Thursday, October 20th, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.
The Community Economic Development Award program recognizes exceptional contributions of TEDC member cities toward the economic vitality of their communities and the state of Texas through creativity, leadership, and partnership in the achievement of business retention, business recruitment and community improvement.
The CEDA committee received twenty-four applications this year. Nominees were judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.
The 2022 CEDA recipients in population categories are: Population Less than 10,000: City of Navasota Population 10,001 to 20,000: Taylor Economic Development Corporation Population 20,001 to 50,000: Sherman Economic Development Corporation Population 50,001 to 100,000: Temple Economic Development Corporation Population 100,001 to 250,000: Amarillo Economic Development Corporation Population 250,001 and Above: Borderplex Alliance
“Our Community Economic Development Award is one of the ways in which our organization honors the excellent work done by our communities, their leaders, and their economic development professionals,” noted Wesley Burnett, 2022 Board Chair of the Texas Economic Development Council. “Each community nominated achieved excellence in economic development and substantially improved the economic base of their respective regions. The recipient communities in each population category were recognized for extraordinary accomplishments in meeting the criteria set forth in the nomination process.”
"This award is such an honor because it recognizes our team's work on the project with Cacique Foods in 2021. Pivoting and adapting from the pandemic, the project with Cacique exemplified why doing business in Texas, particularly in Amarillo, is the best way to grow an organization and ensure its legacy of success," said Kevin Carter, President & CEO of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation.