Wylie, Texas – May 11, 2022. Last night at the Wylie City Council meeting, Mayor Matthew Porter issued a Proclamation confirming the official observance of May 9-13, 2022 as Economic Development Week (EDW) in Wylie, Texas. This week is set aside each year to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by professional economic developers. Established in 2016 by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest international professional trade association for economic developers, EDW aims to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and improve the quality of life in communities across American and throughout the world.
Economic Development plays an essential role in establishing economic well-being and promoting quality of life within communities. Creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base allows communities to flourish in good times and weather downturns in the economy. Economic Development focuses on policies and programs that strive to continually improve the business climate through workforce development programs, business finance, marketing/attraction, neighborhood development, business retention and expansion, technology transfer, real estate development, and revitalization.
“It's no accident that Small Business Week and Economic Development Week go hand-in-hand," stated Jason Greiner, Executive Director of the Wylie Economic Development Corporation (Wylie EDC). " Small Businesses form the backbone of our local economy and we acknowledge the entrepreneurial spirit it takes to succeed."
"Working closely with our local partners - Collin College, Wylie ISD, Wylie Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Wylie - we invest in and facilitate programs that help ensure robust talent pipelines for in-demand jobs and access to advanced career development opportunities," commented Angel Wygant, Director of Business Retention and Expansion. "In addition, by connecting our graduating student population with local businesses, generations of our citizens can enjoy fulfilling and lucrative careers with enhanced quality of life... without ever leaving Wylie, Texas."
The International Economic Development Council is the leading international association for professional economic developers. IEDC supports the work of more than 5,000 economic developers to create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, universities and a variety of other institutions.
The Wylie Economic Development Corporation (Wylie EDC) is funded through a citywide half-cent sales tax that is impacted/funded via the 220,000 consumers in our retail trade area. The Wylie EDC facilitates corporate relocations, local expansions of existing businesses, retail/commercial development and revitalization projects that lead to the creation of new jobs and the generation of additional tax revenue for the benefit of the community.
For more information, visit www.WylieEDC.com.