Odessa Chamber of Commerce to receive Economic Development Award

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) has announced that the Odessa Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of its annual Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) for communities its size in the state of Texas for 2021, a press release stated on Friday.

The award will be presented at the TEDC’s Annual Conference in Fort Worth on Oct. 14.

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.

The CEDA committee received fifty-six applications this year. Nominees were judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits. Odessa is being recognized and receiving its award for the category of cities with a population 100,001 to 250,000. Other Texas cities receiving awards in their categories are Hillsboro, Terrell, Lancaster, Conroe, and El Paso.

“I am so proud of our Chamber staff, all of our taxing entities, and numerous business leaders for working together to keep Odessa in the forefront of economic development in West Texas,” Odessa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Renee Earls said in the press release. “Our can-do spirit once again proves that Odessa is the place where growing businesses can reach their full potential.”