TEDC Announces Recipients of the 2020 Workforce Excellence Awards, Gainesville EDC Among Recipients

Gainesville Economic Development Corporation

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Mr. Carlton Schwab Ms. Audrey Schroyer

President/CEO Executive Director

Texas Economic Development Council Gainesville Economic Development Corporation

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For Immediate Release

June 1, 2020

TEDC Announces Recipients of the 2020 Workforce Excellence Awards, Gainesville EDC Among Recipients

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) has announced the recipients of its 2020 Workforce Excellence Awards. Four recipients have been awarded the TEDC 2020 Workforce Excellence Award in their respective population categories. A total of thirteen nominees overall were recognized for their workforce award projects.

The Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) was awarded a 2020 Workforce Excellence Award in the population category of 15,001 to 40,000 for its Manufacturing Consortium and Manufacturing Day initiative.

The Workforce Excellence Award program recognizes exceptional contributions by a Texas community or region that has implemented successful workforce initiatives. Members of the TEDC’s Workforce Development Committee reviewed and scored the applications from the nominees based on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.

Communities nominated included:  Population 15,001 to 40,000 – Gainesville Economic Development Corporation and Terrell Economic Development Corporation; Population 40,001 to 100,000 – Pharr Economic Development Corporation, Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, Victoria Economic Development Corporation and Wylie Economic Development Corporation; Population 100,001 and Above – Borderplex Alliance, Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation and Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce; Regional – Workforce Solutions Borderplex, Workforce Solutions Cameron, Workforce Solutions Capital Area, Workforce Solutions South Plains/Lubbock Economic Development Alliance/Plainview-Hale County Economic Development Corporation,/Littlefield Economic Development Corporation/Levelland Economic Development Corporation/Idalou Economic Development Corporation/Brownfield Industrial Development Foundation and Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

The 2020 Workforce Excellence Award recipients are:

Population (15,001 to 40,000): Gainesville Economic Development Corporation

Population (40,001 to 100,000): Victoria Economic Development Corporation

Population (100,001 and Above): Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce

Regional Category: Workforce Solutions South Plains including Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Plainview-Hale County Economic Development Corporation, Littlefield Economic Development Corporation, Levelland Economic Development Corporation, Idalou Economic Development Corporation, Brownfield Industrial Development Foundation and Texas Mutual Insurance Company

“Our 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 GEDC submitted the Manufacturing Consortium and Manufacturing Day, an initiative started in 2016 by now-retired Executive Director, Arleene Loyd. Following the success of its first Manufacturing Day, community leaders from both the private and public sectors came together to form a Manufacturing Consortium, whose sole charge is to ensure that Gainesville would have a sustainable talent pipeline for years to come. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and subsequent workforce.

“The Manufacturing Consortium is an opportunity for our major employers to meet and discuss their workforce needs and collaborate on creative solutions,” said Audrey Schroyer, current Executive Director of the GEDC. “Manufacturing Day is an exciting event for our rising youth of Cooke County to experience manufacturing in an engaging way. This is a phenomenal program that started under Arleene’s leadership and I’m happy to see it continue.”

Schroyer also shared that the Manufacturing Consortium will continue to meet and plans are underway for the 2020 Manufacturing Day, noting that necessary precautions will be discussed and implemented in respect to the participating independent school districts as well as participating manufacturer’s protocols that may be in place due to COVID-19.



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.


The GEDC is a Type B EDC formed in 1994, funded by ¼ of 1% of the sales and use tax for the City of Gainesville to assist in industrial and economic growth through targeted attraction and recruiting efforts and retaining existing primary employers.

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