Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation
The Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is a Type A corporation operating within the City of Cedar Hill. The mission of the Cedar Hill EDC is to retain and expand business through a proactive retention and expansion program, attract desirable business and industry by fostering a business-friendly environment, and aggressively market Cedar Hill utilizing a multi-faceted approach.
In the early 1990s, the population of Cedar Hill was increasing rapidly and citizens began to be concerned about the need for orderly economic development. An economic development advisory committee was formed by the city council that surveyed the residents to see how they envisioned Cedar Hill's future. Based on the response, subcommittees were formed to look into funding, asset enhancement, and community image.
In January 1994 voters approved a special sales tax to fund the economic development efforts, and the Cedar Hill EDC was incorporated in September 1994. They began with an annual budget of $150,000, and have increased it to $3.5 million with their development efforts.
In addition, the Cedar Hill EDC has also received the Workforce Excellence Award for their development of an innovative and collaborative workforce model in partnership with local industrial companies, education partners, and non-profits. The award was received on June 2015 from the Texas Economic Development Council.
Cedar Hill EDC was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Economic Excellence by the Texas Economic Development Council for a "commitment to professional economic development by the city administration, elected and appointed officials, and exemplary professional standards demonstrated by the economic development staff."
Most recently, in April of 2019, the International Economic Development Council announced that the Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation has been recognized as one of 63 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization. “Cedar Hill EDC displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle. Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.