TEDCís Workforce Excellence Award recognizes Victoriaís economic development efforts

The TEDC recognized VC's Emerging Technology Complex with its Workforce Excelence Award.

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) recognized Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex with its Workforce Excellence Award at the recent TEDC Mid-Year Conference in Irving.

The Victoria Economic Development Corporation (VEDC) nominated Victoria College for its contribution to workforce development in the region. Victoria College President Dr. David Hinds and Jennifer Yancey, vice president for college advancement and external affairs, joined VEDC President Dale Fowler and Vice President Adrian Cannady in accepting the award.

“We are proud to receive this award and very appreciative of the Texas Economic Development Corporation to recognize our Emerging Technology Complex,” Hinds said. “We also greatly appreciate the Victoria Economic Development Corporation for nominating the Emerging Technology Complex for this prestigious award.”

The Workforce Excellence Award program recognizes exceptional contributions by a Texas community or region that has implemented successful workforce initiatives. The TEDC’s Workforce Development Award committee reviewed applications from 16 communities and organizations. Nominees were judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives and secondary benefits. Victoria competed with nominees from New Braunfels, San Marcos and Allen.

“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,” said Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of the TEDC.

The 2016 Workforce Excellence Award recipients are:


·         Population (up to 15,000): Coleman

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

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

·         Population (100,000 and above): Lubbock Economic Development Alliance

·         Regional Category: Workforce Solutions Alamo


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.

Pictured from left are Aaron S. Demerson, Director of Employer Initiatives-Texas Workforce Commission; Dr. David Hinds, Victoria College president; Jennifer Yancey, VC vice president of college advancement and external affairs; D. Dale Fowler, Victoria Economic Development Corporation president; Adrian Cannady, VEDC vice president; and John Osborne, Texas Economic Development Council Chairman of the Board.


Published: Wednesday, 15 June 2016

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