The Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Department received the GOLD Award at the 2023 Excellence in Economic Development Awards last week for their Regional Workforce Development Innovation Program. The Chamber-led San Angelo Regional Workforce Development Innovation Program consists of four industrial workforce development programs:
- SME PRIME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers – Partnership in Response in Manufacturing Education) projects linking local manufacturers with students;
- Fabricators Recruitment Day – A day in which a local steel fabrication company interviews over 90 students;
- Manufacturing Days – Each October the SARMA (San Angelo Regional Manufacturers Alliance) Organizes events and factory tours for students from Angelo State University, Howard Community College and the San Angelo Independent School District (SAISD);
- Aermotor Windmill School – A 4-day event attended by students throughout the United States to learns kills for maintenance and construction of wind-powered water supply systems.
“Your dedication, innovation, and commitment to fostering economic growth and prosperity stand as exemplary models to the entire international economic development community. Your efforts have not only shaped local and regional economies, but have also had far-reaching impacts, inspiring others to follow in your footsteps,” said IEDC. “The IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards program serves as testament to your achievements and underscores the critical role you play in advancing economic development on a global scale. Your vision, passion, and leadership have had a profound impact on communities, businesses, and individuals, leaving a legacy that will continue to benefit generations to come.”