The 2017 Southwest Region Executive Directors Association, a part of the US Economic Development Administration held their annual conference July 26-28 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During the conference the Levelland Economic Development Corporation’s Industrial Rail Park was recognized as a Star of the Southwest award project.
The award recognizes projects which have had a measurable and positive impact on their region. SWREDA is a voluntary association of executive directors of Councils of Governments and Economic Development Districts across the five-state EDA Austin region.
A $3.3 million EDA investment (total investment of $8.6 million) helped construct the first phase of the Levelland Industrial Rail Park that focuses on rail-based businesses as part of diversifying the region’s economy. Five companies have located in the park and generated $25 million in private investment, and created 63 jobs and retained 73 jobs. This project was possible only as a result of the many partnerships with many entities including the Economic Development Administration, Levelland Economic Development Corporation, South Plains Association of Governments, Hockley County, and the City of Levelland.
Levelland City Manager Rick Osburn traveled to Louisiana to accept the award on behalf of the city and LEDC. He also was a speaker at the conference speaking on his experience and knowledge in leading during an economic downturn.