Management districts in East Aldine and Spring Branch are the only two in the state to receive 2022 Economic Recognition Awards from the Texas Economic Development Council.

The awards were presented Feb. 24 at the TEDC’s 2023 Legislative Conference in Austin.

The East Aldine Management District and Spring Branch Management District have now won the award for the second year in row. They are clients of Houston-based Hawes Hill and Associates LLP, whose employee Lance Dean serves as economic development director for both districts.

The East Aldine district’s recent initiatives include organizing and hosting seminars for local businesses at its newly expanded East Aldine Town Center.

With public safety serving as a bedrock of economic development, the district funds exclusive patrol services and graffiti and litter abatement in their services areas, among other things.

Management districts are economic development government agencies formed under state law.

The non-profit TEDC said the awards provide “recognition to economic development organizations that meet a desired threshold of professionalism.”

“Recipients qualify for recognition based on training taken by their governing board/council as well as the economic development director and  professional staff,” the TEDC said. “Certifications, professional memberships and activities, and organizational effectiveness of  the economic development staff also contribute to the standards for qualification.

“This recognition from TEDC continues to highlight the quality and competence of our staff, especially our Director of Economic Development Lance Dean, and the dedicated work that is being put in every single day to make it known far and wide that East Aldine is open for business, open for development, and open for establishments looking to set up shop in our community,” said East Aldine Chairman Carlos Silva.

The other 52 award recipients included the City of League City and economic development corporations in municipalities such as Sugar Land, New Braunfels and Amarillo.

The Texas Economic Development Council, established in 1961, is an Austin-based, statewide, non-profit  professional association dedicated to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Texas. The TEDC provides information, educational and legislative services to more than 950 members. The  organization’s objective is to support the economic growth of Texas and develop strategies that promote a positive business climate in the state.