021 – Economic Development Secrets – Carlton Schwab, TEDC

This month’s episode of Economic Development Secrets features Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC). As the leader of a state advocacy group, Carlton shares a unique perspective on economic development at the state and local level and also discusses the future of economic development.

Carlton Schwab has been President/CEO of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) since February 1st, 1999. During that time, the 880-member TEDC has developed into a recognized leader in the professional development of its members and a powerful voice for economic development policy in the state of Texas.

In his role as President/CEO of the TEDC, Mr. Schwab serves on numerous boards and commissions. In 2012, he was named by Governor Perry to the Select Committee on Economic Development – a committee created by the 83rd Texas Legislature to review economic development policy for the state of Texas. In 2015 and 2016 he was the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Texas Legislative Conference. He is a past member of the Austin College Alumni Board and currently a member of the Austin College Athletics Association Board.

Prior to his tenure at the TEDC, Mr. Schwab was Director of Development at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (1996-1999). From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Schwab was a Director with Deloitte Consulting where he specialized in corporate site location analysis and economic development strategic planning. Mr. Schwab also spent time working in economic development at the local level, having served as Vice President of the Lubbock Board of City Development from 1986 to 1989.

Mr. Schwab holds a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas.