TEDC Announces Recipients of the 2023 Workforce Excellence Awards


For Immediate Release

June 27, 2023

Headline: Weslaco EDC awarded with the prestigious 2023 Workforce Excellence Award


WESLACO, TX. June 22, 2023 – The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) awarded the Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco (EDCW) as the 2023 Workforce Excellence Award Recipients in the population category ranging from 40,001 to 100,000. The award was presented during the TEDC’s 2023 Mid-Year Conference in Allen, Texas on Thursday, June 22, 2023.

The award recognizes the EDCW for its partnership and collaboration with South Texas College and the successful implementation of its Job Training Program, which offers a variety of skill development training for currently employed workers within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Weslaco.

“This award is a validation for the work that is being done in our local community through the intergovernmental relationship between the EDCW, the City of Weslaco, and South Texas College,” says Steven M. Valdez, EDCW Executive Director.

Through this initiative, the EDCW awards a $75,000 grant annually to South Texas College to provide valuable training and upskilling opportunities to businesses seeking to enhance their employee’s skills, ultimately supporting the growth and development of the workforce talent in the community. Through this partnership and its success, the EDCW and South Texas College have been able to provide training to roughly six hundred and forty (640) employees within the calendar year of 2022.

“This partnership has greatly benefited local businesses by providing skilled workers to meet their demands,” said Juan J. Serrano, EDCW Board President, “and the award recognizes the dedication and effort put forth by all parties involved to strengthen the workforce in the community.”

TEDC created the Workforce Excellence Award to recognize the exceptional contributions of Texas communities that have implemented successful workforce initiatives. “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,” noted Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of the TEDC.”

For more information regarding the Job Training Program, please call us at 956-969-0838 or come by our office located at 275 S. Kansas Avenue, Weslaco, TX 78596.


About Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco (EDCW)

The EDCW is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the creation of jobs through the recruitment of new industries and helping existing companies relocate and/or expand. Our objective is job creation and adding wealth to the city of Weslaco. The EDCW serves as a catalyst in increasing economic wealth and growth in Weslaco by fostering a positive business environment, assisting and facilitating investment in business interests in Weslaco, and adding value to Weslaco’s tax base.

About South Texas College (STC)

South Texas College offers 127 degree programs and certifications as well as continuing, professional and industry training programs and Dual Credit courses for eligible high school students.

About the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC)

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 980 members, the TEDC is the largest state economic development association in the nation.