GSMP Recognized by IEDC as Economic Development Organization of the Year

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Oct 07, 2021
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), the nonprofit economic development organization representing the communities of Hays and Caldwell Counties, was selected as Economic Development Organization of the Year by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented on Tuesday, October 5, at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference. GSMP also took home the Bronze Award for its 2020 Annual Report.

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication that our region’s economic developers provide to our communities,” said Jason Giulietti, president of GSMP. “From the GSMP team to our board and our regional economic development partners, these individuals are relentless in helping bring good jobs to the residents in the Texas Innovation Corridor. We are honored to be recognized by our peers and celebrate this accomplishment with all the amazing communities within the Partnership.”

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year's most influential leaders. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received more than 500 total award submissions from across four countries.

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and exemplify the leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair Tom Kucharski. “We’re honored to recognize the organizations whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”

About GSMP
The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is the 501(c)6 regional economic development organization serving the city of San Marcos and Hays & Caldwell Counties, focused on positioning the region for a wider diversity of quality jobs with higher wages. The GSMP mission is to increase economic opportunities for all in the heart of the Texas Innovation Corridor. Visit for more information.

About IEDC
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members engage in the full range of economic development experiences. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various settings, including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at


Greater San Marcos Partnership
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