WT Enterprise Center received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2015 project in the category of Regionalism & Cross-Border Collaboration for communities with populations of 25,000-200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 5th, during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 4th-7th, in Anchorage, Alaska.
WT Enterprise Center and Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, entered a partnership to accelerate entrepreneurial development through a program, called “Incubation with Urgency: A Collaborative Ecosystem for Developing Entrepreneurs”.
The partnership enables WT Enterprise Center to provide expedited services to local entrepreneurs through investment provided by Amarillo EDC.
The project provides funding for experienced entrepreneurs who coach and mentor growth in clients in the incubator.
It also creates a culture that exhibits a “no wrong door” mentality when it comes to assisting entrepreneurs.
Upon entering the Enterprise Center, a person can plug into the ecosystem and receive help with their idea or existing business, and also receive assistance from other service providers throughout the region.
WT Enterprise Center is a rural, mixed-use, incubator and offers facility space including offices, production/manufacturing space and a culinary kitchen for client use.
Through business coaching, strategic planning, community resources and programs, the WT Enterprise Center exists to help local entrepreneurs grow their business.
Recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards demonstrate to an experienced panel of judges that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession.
They are recognized as the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders.
These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.