The Sherman Economic Development Corp. has a number of events planned for next week as the organization holds its first Economic Development Week.


The celebration coincides with the International Economic Development Council’s National Economic Development Week, which was created to raise awareness of local programs that create jobs, increase quality of life and further career development opportunities. SEDCO will be making appreciation presentations to 22 local industries throughout the week and will hold an Economic Development Week celebration at the Sherman Municipal Ballroom Tuesday afternoon.


“We’ve got a big week scheduled for next week,” SEDCO board Chairman Greg Kirkpatrick said to the Sherman City Council on Monday. “And I can assure you we’ve got a great staff down at SEDCO, and we’re swinging for the fences week in and week out trying to make something happen.”


Kirkpatrick made the comments after council member Terrence Steele presented him with a proclamation naming May 8-13 “Economic Development Week” in Sherman. On Tuesday, the Grayson County Commissioners Court also proclaimed the week “National Economic Development Week” in the county.


“The whole point of that campaign is just to kind of recognize what economic development is, what the purpose is and what do we do on the day-to-day to kind of let the community learn more about it and understand it better,” SEDCO Director of Research & Marketing Ashton Ghaemi said. “Because of the type of organization we are and the type of grants that we offer, there’s a lot of confusion on that end too — what type of grants we can provide to certain types of businesses, so this is another opportunity for us to explain what our grants are and what type of industries we can serve.”


In addition to the Economic Development Week celebration, which will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday in the Sherman Municipal Ballroom, SEDCO staff will be visiting local industries during the rest of the week to give appreciation presentations.


“The point of that is not only to say thank you to the industry for being in Sherman but more specifically thanking the employees for choosing to work in Sherman and explaining to them what kind of impact that has on our community and the success of our economy,” Ghaemi said.


SEDCO is also planning to move its regular board meeting for May to noon Wednesday in its office at 307 W. Washington St., suite 102. The SEDCO board normally meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. in its office.