March 26, 2024

The Development Corporation of Abilene Receives Economic Excellence Recognition by The Texas Economic Development Council

Abilene, Texas — The Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA) proudly announces being named as a recipient of the 2023 Economic Excellence Recognition program by the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC).

“Our team’s tenacity and diligence to be a leader in the field of economic development is represented by this recognition and reflects our collective dedication to our mission,” said Misty Mayo, President and CEO of the DCOA. “Together, we are committed to carrying out a strategic approach as we build the Future Abilene.”

The Economic Excellence Recognition program provides 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 leadership and professional staff. Certifications, professional memberships and activities, and organizational effectiveness of the economic development staff also contribute to the standards for qualification.

The awards were presented during the TEDC’s 2024 Winter Conference in San Antonio, Texas where seventy-two economic development organizations received this distinctive recognition.

“The TEDC’s Economic Excellence Recognition program is one of the ways in which our organization honors the outstanding commitment to excellence of our communities and regions, their leaders, and their economic development professionals have toward the professionalization of their economic development efforts,” noted Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of the TEDC.

About the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA)

Recognized as the Economic Development Organization of the Year by the International Economic Development Council, the DCOA is the economic development driver of Abilene with the goal to build the future Abilene by attracting and sustaining industries that support job creation, foster strong business, and ensure a prosperous community. The DCOA is focused on the future success of the community and leverages the DevelopAbilene partnership to market Abilene as the premier location for business expansion. Learn more about the DCOA and DevelopAbilene at

About Abilene

Abilene, Texas, is located in Taylor County, Texas. Directly on I-20, just two and half hours from the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, Abilene is strategically located in the south-central United States. The city has a population of 127,129 people and is a regional hub representing a civilian labor force of more than 145,000 people. In addition to powerful professionals, the community has a robust infrastructure and a strategic location in the south-central United States that secures Abilene as the premier location for global companies.

About The Texas Economic Development Council

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 1,000 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.

Development Corporation of Abilene is a proud recipient of the following recognition: