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Posted on: September 10, 2018

Burleson economic development manager named Industry leader

Burleson Economic Development Manager Alex Philips recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect. Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, announced its 2018 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers Monday, Sept. 10. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.   Alex Philips Profile Picture

“The City of Burleson is incredibly fortunate to have Alex Philips leading our economic development efforts,” said Dale Cheatham, Burleson city manager. “Alex loves this community and works hard every day to attract businesses that will have a long-term positive effect in our city.”

“This annual list recognizing North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers is designed to acknowledge the hard work of the top leaders in this field and elevate the conversation around economic development and job creation,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each of the leaders represented on this year’s list are beyond deserving of this recognition for their efforts in building our communities.”

Philips desire to bring quality industry to the city and development of a sustainable workforce makes him an industry leader.

“Alex goes above and beyond every day to develop relationships and find creative ways to make our community attractive to new businesses,” said Mandy Clark, Burleson development services director. “We are particularly proud of the groundbreaking Burleson Works program which Alex spearheaded to match candidates for skilled labor scholarships with local industries to begin filling the skilled labor gap.”

But Philips is the first to tell you that his success is only possible through teamwork on all levels of the organization. 

“I have the privilege of working with one of the best economic teams,” said Philips. “I would not be successful without the unwavering support of our business-friendly city council, our progressive city management and the development services staff who are constantly looking for ways to assist growing our community.”

Philips, a Burleson High School graduate, started his career with the City of Burleson as water/wastewater inventory associate in March 2008. Philips began to make the transition to economic development when he took on a position as an engineering coordinator. In 2014, he became the economic development coordinator and was promoted to economic development manager two years ago.

“This community is an exceptional place,” said Philips. “It is evident by our success that other people, companies and businesses are starting to see what a great story Burleson has to tell. We really are Hometown, Done Right!”

The complete list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers includes:


Alex Philips, City of Burleson Economic Development

Amanda Nobles, Kilgore Economic Development Corporation

Brenda Robbins, Georgia Power

Brian Anderson, Wabash Valley Power

Brittany Holtzclaw, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Cathy Chambers, JAXUSA Partnership

Chris Strayer, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

Christie Cooper Myers, Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Dale Fowler, Victoria Economic Development Corp. Tx.

Danielle Scheiner, Conroe Economic Development Council

David Griggs, MetroHartford Alliance

Donna Maisel, Marshall Economic Development Corporation

Erin Schneider, Duke Energy

Gary Tonjes, Albuquerque Economic Development

Grady Fitzpatrick, Greater New Orleans Inc.

Greg Hitchin, City of Waynesboro

Greg Wathen, Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana

Greg Word, Greater Jackson Alliance

Gregg Simon, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Heidi Smith, Tennessee Valley Authority

James Chavez, South Carolina Power Team

James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development Agency

Jason Ford, Greater Houston Partnership

Jason Giulietti, Connecticut Economic Resource Center

Jay Schwedler, Sumter (SC) Economic Development | The LinkSC Alliance

Jeff Hite, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Jefferson Traywick, Birmingham Business Alliance

Jenna Kavanaugh, Invest Buffalo Niagara

Jeremy Sowders, Hoosier Energy

Jerry Bologna, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission

Jill Bland, Southwest Michigan First

Keith Norden, Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation

Kelly Violette, Tomball Economic Development Corporation

Lee Crume, JobsOhio

Margaret O’Riley, Duke Energy

Mark Peterson, Intersect Illinois

Marvin Price, Charlotte Regional Partnership

Matt McQuade, Columbus 2020

Matthew Godinez, Chanute Regional Development Authority

Michael Buranyi, County of Brant, Ontario Canada

Michele Boggs,  San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

Rachel Pierson Delamain, Baton Rouge Area Chamber

Richard Blackwell, Agracel, Inc.

Rick Byars, Gulf Power Company

Scott Darnell, Paducah Economic Development

Shane Homan, Community Development Foundation of Tupelo Mississippi

Shannon Ogletree, Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office

Sherry Ambrose, Florida Power & Light

Tricia Braun, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Victoria Hirschberg, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

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