SEGUIN, TX – The Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is the 2020 recipient of Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) for population category 20,001 and 50,000. The SEDC earned this recognition for the recruitment of Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) and United Alloy, Inc into the Rio Nogales Industrial Park in Seguin.
In the process of working to recruit the businesses to Seguin, the SEDC team worked aggressively on the negotiation and finalization of two separate incentive packages for CSP and United Alloy. Combined, the two projects will result in the creation of over 300 new jobs and $100 million in new capital investments. The creation of jobs and capital from both projects will have far-reaching economic impacts on the city, region, state and will position the companies to be more competitive on a global level.
“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 Dale Fowler, 2020 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.”
This is the second time that the SEDC has received the CEDA in less than five years. The previous award was received in 2016 for the recruitment of Niagara Bottling LLC.
“The momentum that has been created over the past couple of years by being creative, looking for solutions and being customer-service oriented, all of those things have come together to bring economic development opportunities to the City of Seguin,” said City Manager Steve Parker. “There are a lot of things that play into it, it’s the incentives, quality of life, workforce, but it’s also a community that’s all working together to make sure that all of these things are possible and that we all have the same vision. We know we’re going to grow; we want to grow smart, and we want to grow fast. I am so excited about what has already happened here, but also the potential of the future.”
The Community Economic Development Award 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.
“I always like to say that economic development is a team sport, so we really couldn’t have done any of these deals without the support of our partners in economic development,” said SEDC Executive Director Josh Schneuker. “All of our partners coming together helped to really push everything over the goal line and really helped our community to be successful in the recruitment of these companies to Seguin.”
The CEDA committee received applications from thirty-four member communities. Nominees were then judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits. Communities nominated included: Population Less than 10,000 – Bastrop, Brookshire, Cuero, Hondo, Ingleside, Jacksboro, Rockdale, Sinton and South Padre. Population 10,001 to 20,000 – Bonham, Brownwood, Fate and Sweetwater. Population 20,001 to 50,000 – Burleson, Cibolo, Denison, Greenville, Lancaster, Little Elm and Seguin. Population 50,001 to 100,000 – Cedar Park, Conroe, Harlingen, North Richland Hills, Pflugerville and Waller County. Population 100,001 to 250,000 – Abilene, Odessa, Sugar Land and Wichita Falls. Population 250,001 and Above – Borderplex Alliance, Brazos Valley, Corpus Christi and Lubbock.
The 2020 CEDA recipients in population categories are:
- Population Less than 10,000: Sinton
- Population 10,001 to 20,000: City of Fate
- Population 20,001 to 50,000: Seguin Economic Development Corporation
- Population 50,001 to 100,000: Pflugerville Community Development Corporation
- Population 100,001 to 250,000: Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce
- Population 250,001 and Above: Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation
The awards will be presented at a special awards ceremony during the TEDC’s 2020 Virtual Annual Conference to be held Thursday, October7th.
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