Kelly Kinsey, Youth Career Development Director of the Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO) in Longview, Texas was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for the Career and Technology Association of Texas (CTAT). She was elected to the State board by East Texas area Career and Technology directors/ teachers at the CTAT Area 3 meeting.

The Career and Technology Association of Texas is the leading advocate for career and technology education. CTAT enables educators to prepare students of all ages for successful careers through rigorous academic and work/project-based learning programs, promotes instructional partnerships with business and industry, and increases public awareness of the career opportunities available to students.

Career opportunities in advanced technologies and manufacturing, biotech, energy, aerospace, health science and other exciting sectors require a workforce that is educated, prepared, adaptable, and ready to compete. The Career and Technology Association of Texas works diligently to ensure that Career & Technology

Education (CTE) teachers are up-to-date on education and workforce techniques, trends and theories. Visit the CTAT website at to learn more about membership, upcoming events & how CTAT can serve you. Longview, TX is two hours east of Dallas and one hour west of Shreveport, LA. The largest manufacturing employers are Trinity Industries, Eastman Chemical and Joy Global.

LEDCO is the economic development organization for Longview, TX. If a local company is considering an expansion or if a business from outside the region wants to locate in Longview, LEDCO’s professional staff is trained to assist them. Since 1999 LEDCO has financially assisted 49 existing companies and 22 new companies.These primary companies have invested over $335 million and created more than 3,900 direct jobs at their facilities. LEDCO is bringing new investment and jobs to Longview.

For more information about the Longview Economic Development Corporation, one of the leading economic development organizations in the nation,please visit