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The Woodlands Area EDP Celebrates 20th Anniversary


An aerial view of The Woodlands.

An aerial view of The Woodlands.

Agency promotes area as a premier business destination

The Woodlands Area Economic Develop­ment Partnership (EDP) celebrated its 20th anniversary in September. EDP was established in September 1997 as an extension of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber). In April 2016 the EDP separated from The Chamber into a separate nonprofit organization. EDP is the only member-based, nonprofit Economic Develop­ment organization in Montgomery County, which includes the master-planned community of The Woodlands and the cities of Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North.

The organization is run by a staff of four. CEO Gil Staley has been with the EDP for over 12 years; Holly Gruy has been with the company for more than 19 years and serves as the vice president of operations; Laura Lea Palmer joined over six years ago as the vice president of business retention and expansion; and Ashley Byers has been with the EDP over five years and acts as the administrative and communications coordinator. Combined, the team has over 42 years of economic development experience.

Said Staley, “It has been my pleasure and honor to lead the EDP over the last eight years. I am thankful for a dedicated team that is committed to maintaining the economic vitality of our community. Over the last two decades, our Partners and Board of Directors has grown the EDP into one of the most well-respected and recognized economic development organizations nationally and internationally.”

As the lead economic development organization in The Woodlands Area, the EDP’s primary focus is job creation, capital investment, recruiting new businesses and supporting existing businesses in job retention and expansion. The EDP promotes The Wood­lands area as a premier business destination and staff members have traveled all over the world doing so in partnership with The Woodlands Township and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Businesses rely on the EDP as a primary source of information and influence. The EDP connects employers with a number of resources and offers a variety of complimentary services on behalf of area businesses: Coordinates business expansions and relocations; facilitates business incentives with local and state officials; assists with government, regulatory and transportation infrastructure needs; is a business advocate for local, state and federal issues; has strong relationships with developers and site selectors; connects employers to resources such as utility companies, research and development, workforce development and nonprofit organizations; and provides profiles on the labor market statistics, traffic counts, demographics, population growth and other custom reports that impact local business.

The EDP is publicly and privately supported by 92 funding partners active in the organization. For more information on the EDP, visit edpartnership.net or call 281 363-8130.


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