Sherri Skeeters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2019

AEDC receives fourth consecutive Economic Excellence award

ATHENS, TX: For the fourth consecutive year, Athens Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) has received the Economic Excellence award by Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC). The 2018 recipients were announced this week at TEDC’s Legislative Conference in Austin. AEDC was one of 51 communities recognized, a record breaking number.

The Economic Excellence Recognition program provides recognition to economic development organizations that meet a desired threshold of professionalism. Recipients qualify for recognition based on training taken by their governing board/council as well as the economic development director and professional staff.

“The board and staff place a high value on professional development and accountability,” said Lisa Denton, AEDC’s executive director. “To have AEDC’s efforts acknowledged at a state level is quite an honor.”

“TEDC’s 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 Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of TEDC.

TEDC is made up of nearly 850 members representing more than 500 public and private economic development organizations, including more than 350 cities.

AEDC was established in 1990 after voters elected to permit the Corporation to receive a dedicated half-cent sales tax to fund the economic growth of Athens. These funds can be used to assist companies with infrastructure, relocation, training and other needs.

In 2005, AEDC became a Type B Corporation which provides for broader uses of the funds received.