The Galveston Economic Development Partnership is a private, non-profit organization that is membership based.
The organizational focus of the GEDP is for the facilitation of economic development for the benefit of the whole community. This typically takes the form of facilitating the expansion of employment and tax base through the development of key information for business expansions and recruitment efforts; being a one-stop- shop for business prospects and developers; creating a pro-active business climate; partnerships with regional and local allies to leverage resources; assisting with strategies to enhance our labor pool and increase supply of middle income housing for new businesses; and to provide comprehensive and realistic incentive and real estate assessments.
GEDP's focus and supported activities are based on economic impact for the Island and rely on participation from its members through critical task forces to help develop strategies and plans.
To learn more about how you can become engaged as a member of the Galveston Economic Development Partnership, please call 409-770-0216 or fill out and return our Membership form.
By joining the Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP), you are supporting our marketing and recruitment efforts to bring new business investments, retain current investments, create job growth and increase the tax base in Galveston. All membership levels in the GEDP places your company’s representative on the Board of Directors. Our monthly and quarterly meetings and special committees give members the advantage of interacting with other top professionals. As a GEDP Board Member, you are included in the following:
Quarterly Board Meetings
Board meetings are held for the entire membership of the GEDP. They are normally held on the 3rd Thursday of each quarter. Meetings are set up to be concise and informative, and usually revolve around a specific top or include a guest speaker.
The President’s Roundtable is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:00 am in GEDP’s Conference Room. This is an opportunity to have face time with the GEDP president, Jeffrey Sjostrom, and to discuss current topics or specific areas of interest.
The GEDP holds its Annual Meeting in the first quarter of the year in place of the 1st quarterly board meeting. This meeting normally sets the pace of the year and membership votes on the slate of Executive Board nominees.
Economic Development Summit
The GEDP hosts the Annual Economic Development Summit in the latter part of the year. Regional and local economic updates are given. Galveston’s major employers and stakeholders report on future growth. Periodically, a Developer of the Year award is given for a project or developer that has greatly impacted the economic base in Galveston.
Task Force Committees
As a member of the GEDP, you may also participate in one or more of the following Task Force Committees.
These committees normally meet monthly. Committees work to create opportunities and address challenges in Galveston’s primary economic sectors, while focusing on the development of strategic investment areas as outlined in the GEDP Action Plan: