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Awards & Recognitions

TEDC 2014 CEDA Award
IEDC 2012 Gold Excellence Award

SEDC 2012 Communications Award of Merit

Lindale Economic Development Corporation Receives Community Economic Development Award from
The Texas Economic Development Council

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) announced the recipients of its annual Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) for 2014.

The Community Economic Development Awards 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 applications from 23 member communities.  Nominees were then judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.

Communities nominated included: Category I (population less than 5,000) – Lindale, Nocona and Tye. Category II (population 5,001 to 15,000) – Bonham, Cameron and Levelland. Category III (population 15,001 to 40,000) – Bay City, Copperas Cove, Farmers Branch, La Porte, Little Elm, Palestine, Rosenberg and Southlake. Category IV (population 40,001 to 100,000) – Longview and Victoria. Category V(a) (100,001 to 250,000) – Frisco, Houston-Greenspoint District and Round Rock. Category V(b) (250,001 and Above) Austin, Katy Area, San Antonio, and Williamson County.

The CEDA recipients in the five population categories are:

Category I (<5,000 population)          Lindale
Category II (5,001 - 15,000)              Levelland
Category III (15,001 - 40,000)           Bay City
Category IV (40,001 - 100,000)         Victoria
Category V(a) (100,001 - 250,000)   Round Rock
Category V(b) (>250,000)                 Katy Area

“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 Rusty Brockman, 2014 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.”

The TEDC 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 more than 800 members, the TEDC is now the largest state economic development association in the nation.

For More Information on the CEDA Program:
Contact: Carlton Schwab, President/CEO, Texas Economic Development Council
(512) 480-8432,  carlton@texasedc.org

Lindale Economic Development Corporation
Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council


Lindale Economic Development Corporation received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for their New Primary Website in the category of General Purpose Website for communities with populations of less than 25,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 30 – October 3 in Houston, Texas.

"We recognize Lindale Economic Development Corporation for creating innovative and successful strategies to promote economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Jay Moon, IEDC chair. “Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. Lindale Economic Development Corporation demonstrates that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using cutting-edge, effective practices that can be replicated in other communities."

According to LEDC President, John Clary, "in 2011, LEDC sought to create a brand new primary website to replace our website originally developed in 2005. We sought a site that catered to site consultants, real estate professionals and lay people looking for data. (It’s all about the data.) We also wanted improved SEO, and to compete on the world stage. We contracted with ED Solutions to help us create an RFP which was distributed locally and nationally and ultimately chose ED Suite of Kilgore Texas to design the site due to their superior design and support."

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Following the awards ceremony, Clary stated, "It's humbling to receive such a prestigeous award, especially knowing that is has been judged by peers in our industry. This definitely raises the bar for our organization and we are proud to have the opportunity to represent our community with this award and website."

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest independent non-profit membership and research organization devoted exclusively to the field of economic development. IEDC helps economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. Serving more than 4,400 members, IEDC provides a diverse range of services including conferences, professional development and certification, publications, research, advisory services, and legislative tracking. Visit www.iedconline.org.

Lindale Economic Development Corp. is charged with developing primary jobs and capital investment as well as generally helping improve the economy for Lindale, Texas. Lindale (about 5,000 population) is located in northeast Texas at the intersection of Interstate 20 and U.S. 69. Lindale is a fast growing community that prides itself for its Great Texas Living.

While Lindale is a small community, more than 340,000 people live within 30 miles, providing sufficient workforce within commuting range for business and industry. Lindale public schools are highly ranked in the state, and many families seek to live in Lindale so their kids can attend school in this outstanding district. Lindale's largest employer is a Target Corporation distribution center (DC) located at Harvey Road and Interstate 20. The DC opened in 1998 and employs about 725 dependable hard working associates. In addition to creating a great website, LEDC has developed a 120 acre industrial park near the Target DC on Interstate 20 at Harvey Road. This park has streets and all utilities in place to serve all sites within the park, and is Open For Business!

Lindale Economic Development Corporation Honored at the 2012 SEDC Annual Conference
Award of Merit Given at Communication Awards Ceremony

ATLANTA, GA (August 15, 2012) –Lindale Economic Dev't Corp. received an Award of Merit for it’s web site entry http://www.lindaletexas.com at the Communication Awards Ceremony during the 2012 Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Annual Conference, recently held August 5‐7, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

“These annual Communication Awards recognize and showcase the leading marketing work done by economic development professionals throughout the south. Lindale Economic Development Corporation. was one of the organizations that hit the mark this year with its web site. This site not only showed creativity, but also solid messaging and effectiveness at reaching its target audience. We were wowed by all the entries we received this year, and were impressed with the high level of marketing work being done in economic development by SEDC members,” said SEDC President Gene Stinson after the Ceremony.

The Communication Awards are given each year by SEDC at its Annual Conference. Over 20 categories of marketing work submitted by SEDC members are evaluated within four division size levels. The awards are: BEST OF SHOW, BEST OF CLASS, SUPERIOR, EXCELLENT, MERIT , and SPECIAL JUDGES’ AWARDS. Judging criteria for General Entry Awards include Graphic Appeal, Clarity of Message, Quality of Information, Positioning / Differentiation and Format. All winners were on full display for attendees to view during the conference.

Judges for the Communication Awards competition are economic development consultants, practitioners and design professionals from across the southern U.S. that work with clients in developing strategies for growth in their communities. SEDC chose these judges because of their knowledge of economic development, site location and design. They understand the needs businesses have in choosing a site and how communities and economic development organizations can reach prospective clients through their marketing efforts.

The 2012 SEDC Annual Conference is currently in its 65th year and is SEDC’s main educational event of the year. Over 400 economic development professionals spent three days networking and learning recent economic development trends and strategies from corporate, government and executive professionals.

About SEDC
The Southern Economic Development Council is an 870 member professional association composed of a broad cross‐section of active and influential economic developers from business and industry, utilities, transportation, financial and education institutions, chambers of commerce, and local, regional and state development agencies. Members in the 17‐state area share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. The SEDC region includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information about SEDC please visit our Web site