The director of the South Plains Association of Government was in Levelland Monday night to formally present the Star of the Southwest Award to the Levelland Economic Development Corporation and Levelland City Council.
The Levelland Industrial Rail Park was recognized with a 2017 Star of the Southwest Award during the Southwest Region Economic Development Association’s Conference, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in July. Ten projects from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas were recognized for their accomplishments. All of the winning projects were funded, in part, through support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Austin regional office.
The Levelland EDC and the City of Levelland received a grant in the amount of $3.3 million from the US Economic Development Administration to go with $5.3 million in local funds to create the rail park in 2010. Thus far the project has created or retained over 70 jobs and has generated over $25 in private investment.
The Southwest Region Economic Development Association is a voluntary association of executive directors of Councils of Governments and Economic Development Districts across the five state region covered by EDA’s Austin Regional Office.