TEDC Announces Recipients of the 2020 Workforce Excellence Awards

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) has announced the recipients of their 2020 Workforce Excellence Awards. Four recipients have been awarded the TEDC 2020 Workforce Excellence Award in their respective population categories.

The Wichita Falls Talent Partnership and Chamber won in the population category of 100,001 and above.

“A couple of years ago, this community developed a new plan to grow Wichita Falls.  Talent development is a key component of the strategy, and the Talent Partnership’s goal is to increase the size of the labor pool and help our employers find the talent they need to function effectively.  This recognition tells me that we’re headed in the right direction.”

Henry Florsheim, President/CEO of the Wichita Falls Chamber.

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.

“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”

Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of the TEDC

The award recognized the following initiatives created in Talent Partnership’s pilot year:

Military Matters

Job Distribution List, Sheppard Military Spouse Professional Network, Military Spouse Community Tours, and Military Roundtable

Leadership Development

The Circuit – Developed and rebranded a new Young Professionals of Wichita Falls

Talent Recruitment

Relocation Incentive and the Chamber Job Board

Talent Development

Intern Wichita Falls and Custom Workforce Recommendations

“The Talent Partnership has made a lasting impact on our community and has brought new life and hope into our job-seekers, community partners, and employers. We are ready, willing and able to meet the call for workforce reform and talent.”

Taylor Davis, Director of the Wichita Falls Talent Partnership

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 AlliancePlainview-Hale County Economic Development CorporationLittlefield Economic Development CorporationLevelland Economic Development CorporationIdalou Economic Development CorporationBrownfield Industrial Development Foundation and Texas Mutual Insurance Company