Cedar Valley College, entering its 40th year of existence, continued its commitment to regional prosperity through its presenting sponsorship of the Best Southwest Partnership's Regional Economic Development (RED) Summit, held March 23 in Duncanville and hosted by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.
Patricia A. Davis, executive dean and chief resource officer at Cedar Valley College, currently serves as the board chair for the Lancaster Chamber and opened the luncheon by introducing the Best Southwest chair, Maranda Auzenne.
"For 40 years, Cedar Valley College has been a strong supporter of economic development in the Best Southwest region," Davis said. "We look forward to further strengthening our partnerships through helping develop effective workforce strategies and promoting economic development."
Peter Brodsky, president of Redbird Development Group and board chair of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Charter Schools, was the keynote speaker, and he reported on exciting developments associated with Redbird Mall. Tracy Merzi, publisher for the Dallas Business Journal, served as the master of ceremonies.
The summit also featured two business and industry panel discussions. One track, for developers, featured updates on commercial, residential and mixed-use developments in the Best Southwest region. The other track, focused on employers and workforce, gave participants an opportunity to discuss opportunities, challenges and solutions for workforce issues in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties.
The panel discussions were followed by a RED Showcase featuring show boards highlighting trends and developments by the BSW Economic Development Council, with emphasis on recent successful projects and upcoming developments.
Other sponsors included the City of Wilmer, Prime 45 Development, Atmos Energy, Hillside Village, and Mountain View College. More than 300 were in attendance.
Patricia A. Davis, Executive Dean and Chief Resource Officer, Cedar Valley College