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Forney EDC Recognized for TEDC Community Economic Development Awards

Stewart McGregor

November 2, 2016


The Forney Economic Development Corporation was recently recognized for merit recognition in community economic development by the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC).  Forney was one of thirty communities across the state recognized by the trade organization.  Communities were required to submit a project or event the organization had accomplished within the past year.  Forney submitted their Entrepreneur Forum, which took place in March 2016 with over thirty participants and partners in economic development, including the Small Business Development Center.

Forney EDC Director Warren Ketteman said, “I’m so proud of the accomplishments by the Forney EDC, including support from our Board of Directors, City leaders and partners in economic development.  I look forward to continuing our efforts in attracting new industry, growing small businesses and enhancing our programs for local business owners.”  Mr. Ketteman was recognized by TEDC President & CEO, Carlton Schwab, and TEDC Board President John Osborne of Lubbock at their annual conference in San Antonio on October 20, 2016.  Mr. Osborne noted, “Each community nominated achieved excellence in economic development and substantially improved the economic base of their respective regions. The recipient communities in each population category were recognized for extraordinary accomplishments in meeting the criteria set forth in the nomination process.”

The Texas Economic Development Council provides information, education and legislative services to its members to foster the expansion of existing businesses, the location of new firms and the development of strategies that promote a positive business climate in Texas. With more than 850 members, the TEDC is the largest state economic development association in the nation.


For more information, contact:

Stewart McGregor, Economic Development Coordinator: (972) 564-5808

Kyle Rouvaldt, Public Information Officer: (972) 564-7337

  •     “The community is real supportive of new business coming in. The city itself has great ideas on what’s coming ahead. I would advise anyone to look at moving into the Forney area.
    - Patrick McCrea
    Owner, Doe Belly’s Catfish Café
  •     Working with the City of Forney has been a pleasure. The City’s proactive response to any problem Steve Silver Company has encountered is refreshing. Glad to call Forney our home.
    - Jud Preskitt
    Vice President, Steve Silver Company
  •     Smurfit Kappa’s Forney Mill has been operating in Forney for over forty years.  Forney is a great place to do business with an excellent, well-educated workforce and a supportive, forward-thinking city government.
    - Dave Nelson
    Vice President of Paper Operations, Smurfit Kappa North America
  •     OGW is a proud member of the Forney business community. The EDC, City Government, and the community as a whole are very open and supportive of growing businesses.
    - Holly Dempsey