The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) has announced the recipients of its annual Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA). Athens Economic Development Corporation submitted a process which transformed the loss of a biotech operation into an opportunity for growth and investment. The entry was the winner in the category of Communities with 5,001—15,000 in Population. Winners were recognized at an awards luncheon held in their honor Monday, August 21, at SEDC’s annual conference in Charlotte, NC.
“Economic Developers in the South are some of the best in the business,” said SEDC 2017 Chairman Robert E. Leak, Jr. “This award goes to communities that exemplify the highest level of economic development professionalism. We are proud to have them in the SEDC region.”
This summer, John Karamanos of HVAC Manufacturing, Inc. (HVAC) traveled to North Carolina to attend a first-time event hosted by Siemens, and to receive the 2017 Supplier of the Year award.
Siemens, a multi-billion dollar company and global powerhouse, focuses on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization and is one of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies and leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis.
Deep in the heart of Chandler, near the railroad tracks crossing, off of South Broad Street/FM 315 S sits what many who have visited call ‘Chandler’s Best Kept Secret.’ What is the secret? It is the Old Main Street Station on West Main Street, directly behind What-A-Burger. A row of quaint little stores that include Rip’s BBQ, Stillwater Farm Market Store, Stillwater Dairy Shop, Daydream Attic and Generations Beauty Salon make up the Old Main Street Station.
You may not have caught on yet, but those rocks you see painted with colorful pictures and messages of encouragement didn’t just get in that particular spot by chance.
Those rocks are called ‘kindness rocks.’ Citizens like you have picked up the idea that a good way to spread inspiration and kindness is through the sharing of rocks.
Yes, rocks. The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and a moment of kindness for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks dropped along the way. It began on the east coast near Cape Cod.
It has reached east Texas, and New Zealand and Germany and other European countries, and groups have started in Tyler and Chandler and Brownsboro.
For the second year in a row, the Athens Economic Development Corporation has been recognized for Economic Excellence by the Texas Economic Development Council. The 2016 recipients were announced last week at the TEDC’s Mid-Year Conference in Plano.
The objectives of the Economic Excellence Recognition Program are to provide recognition to economic development agencies that meet a threshold of professionalism, encourage professional staff membership and involvement in TEDC. AEDC was one of 33 communities recognized.