Last week, the International Economic Development Council held its second National Economic Development Week and the Sherman Economic Development Corp. took part in the celebration with a number of events that shined a spotlight on what economic development means to the city.

Much like the Denison Development Alliance and the economic development organizations in the smaller cities in the county, SEDCO helps attract and retain businesses for the area, creating new jobs and securing many existing ones. The corporation celebrated its 20th-anniversary last year with a networking event at the Sherman Municipal Ballroom and replicated the success of that event this year during Economic Development Week.

I had the chance to cover both of those events and was impressed how much it grew in one year. Last year’s event was well attended, but last week, it seemed like there were people everywhere in the ballroom. There was definitely a lot of networking going on in the ballroom that day. And I suspect, it was because word got out that SEDCO knows how to throw a party.

I was offered several different cocktails, which I had to decline since I was working — and I knew my bosses were going to be attending — and the food was delicious. I was particularly impressed with the delectable desserts, but I had to limit myself because I’m on a diet.

Then to round out the week, the staff at SEDCO went around to 22 local industries and presented them with banners and letters of appreciation for their employees. Like SEDCO President John Plotnik told me, it’s not often that a company’s workers are specifically recognized for their contributions to a business and the city it is in. But I thought it was a great way to celebrate those companies and get everyone who works there involved.

I think the SEDCO staff set a high bar with this year’s event, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they do for next year’s Economic Development Week.

Happy birthday Tuesday to Jan Austin, Dorian Phea, Clint Mullins, and Greg Tyson, all of Sherman; Betty Hinsley and Pat Maynard, both of Whitesboro; John Davidson of Collinsville; and Warner Robbins.

Happy anniversary Tuesday to Brian and Jessie Adams of Sherman, 31 years; Mike and Nelda Purdue of Denison; and Bud and Barbara Carroll of Cobert, Oklahoma.