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Forney EDC Director Appointed to COG Economic Development Board

Kyle Rouvaldt

Forney EDC Director Appointed to COG Economic Development Board

February 8, 2017

Contact: Forney EDC - (972) 564-5808

At its January Executive Board meeting, the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ (NCTCOG) Executive Board appointed Warren Ketteman, Economic Development Director for the Forney Economic Development Corporation, to serve on the first Economic Development District Board for the North Central Texas region, the North Central Texas Economic Development District Board (NCTEDD).

Earlier in the month of January, the North Central Texas Region was designated as an Economic Development District (EDD) by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA). Over the past two years, economic development stakeholders in the region from cities, counties, education institutions, chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, private sector, and workforce development boards have worked together, in conjunction with NCTCOG, to satisfy the requirements to be designated as a district, including the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS). The CEDS serves as a guideline of strategies for continued and new economic development growth. It is updated every five years.

The NCTEDD Board functions as an advisory board to the NCTCOG Executive Board, which is the policy-making body for NCTCOG. Among its duties, the District Board will provide an oversight and evaluation system for the programs of the economic development district. The NCTCOG Executive Board appointed 32 members to the first NCTEDD Board, based on EDA requirements and the District’s Bylaws

Warren brings more than 19 years of economic development experience to the board. Warren began his economic development career in his native Illinois before relocating to Texas in 2002. He served the Texas cities of Buda, Alice, and Granbury prior to accepting the position at Forney Economic Development Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri and earned Certified Economic Developer status in 2004.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including 16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the activities of NCTCOG, visit www.nctcog.org.


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