Members of the Tomball Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) recently returned from the Texas Economic Development Council's annual conference with big smiles.
TEDC was honored with an award by the state for the first time in its 20-year history. They received the Community Economic Development Award for the 5,000 to 15,000 population category.
"We are very excited to get that award," said TEDC executive director Kelly Violette.
Violette explained that TEDC won the award for its assistance and facilitation efforts on the Baker Hughes Western Hemisphere Education Center expansion.
According to the Texas Economic Development Council the Community Economic Development Award program recognizes exceptional contributions of Texas EDC 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. Nominees were judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.
Violette said it was a proud moment for her when the award was announced, because several TEDC board members, employees of Baker Hughes and even Tomball Mayor Gretchen Fagan were present at the conference.
She said that the hard work and collaboration of many entities were the reason they won the honor.
"For us it was the community involvement from everyone like the TEDC, the chamber of commerce, the city and Baker Hughes," she said. "It wasn't an easy clear cut
project and it took a lot of steps, coordination and partnership."