Our vision of a sustainable local economy starts with relationships. Since our founding in 1895, we’ve focused on growing the local economy by connecting business owners to the people, partners and organizations that could help them address their most pressing needs. That legacy continues today.
About the GEDP
In 1995, we established the Garland Economic Development Partnership (GEDP), formally connecting the Chamber, the City of Garland and the Garland Independent School District into a united coalition focused on cultivating a sustainable local economy. In the years since then, GEDP has been directly responsible for the growth of more than $1.5 billion in new commercial tax base and the addition of more than 18,000 jobs.
But more importantly, we’ve been instrumental in helping local businesses flourish by providing business support, workforce development and industry guidance. Through valued partnerships with several local institutions, we help business owners address their everyday business challenges, while simultaneously bringing new investment and thousands of jobs to the city we’re proud to call home.
The Chamber works closely with the City of Garland to establish economic development strategies that allow businesses to grow competitively while growing the city’s economy in a sustainable, bottom-up fashion. Learn More
Various training options are available to local employers through the Chamber’s extensive partnerships, including one with the Dallas County Community College District. The Chamber office is conveniently located at the Dallas College – Garland Campus, facilitating direct access to grant-funded training for DCMA member companies. The Chamber also collaborates with Dallas College to offer training to DCMA members through the DCMA Leadership Academy. This program teaches management skills to a company’s employees considered for internal career advancement.
When it comes to solving problems, data can help. That’s why we are glad to connect our members to the latest research available through the Texas Workforce Commision. Established to meet the workforce needs of our local employers, the TWC provides valuable insights, resources and training that can help employers stay ahead of the curve.
Since 1995, the Garland Independent School District has invested in the economic growth and sustainability of Garland through its partnership with the Garland Chamber of Commerce. The partnership facilitates the accomplishment of common goals, including the development of a qualified workforce. The Chamber’s efforts continue to foster awareness and support for the high caliber of education made available throughout the district and create new opportunities to expose students and educators to the range of pathways to success.
We are pleased to offer our members personalized and attentive guidance through the city’s zoning and permitting process as well as support at zoning hearings. With us, you’ll find all the information you need to keep your business in compliance and support at zoning hearings and save precious resources along the way.
A COO is essential for running a business in Garland and we provide members with everything they need to check this off their list. Click here to learn more about what’s needed for a Certificate of Occupancy and reach out if we can help you with this important step.
We will help you promote your businesses and events within the community. We are also happy to connect you with marketing professionals in our network who can be of assistance. Additionally, we will review and advise on your current business plan.
We are business people who happen to be bankers. Visit us to learn how our business experience can make a difference in your business.