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Open Forum: State of Economic Development Post-Election
November 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join Charisse Bodisch, SVP Economic Development at Austin Chamber of Commerce, Amy Madison, Executive Director at Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, and Ben White, Director of Economic Development at City of Cedar Park to learn about recent economic development trends, predictions post-election, and how your local economic development corporation can support your business as it thrives over the next four years.
Charisse Bodisch – As a 30+ year veteran in economic development, Charisse has worked in every aspect of the industry. As the SVP of Economic Development with the Austin Chamber and through the regional economic development initiative Opportunity Austin, she leads the team dedicated to the recruitment of new corporate citizens and the expansion of the local industry base for the five-county Greater Austin, Texas Region. Charisse holds the designation of Certified Economic Developer, the highest trade designation for economic developers. She was named as one of 2016’s North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect. She serves on the Capital Area Economic Development District Board; as Secretary on the Central Texas Foreign Trade Zone Board; and as a member of TEDC (Texas Economic Development Council), IEDC (International Economic Development Council) and IAMC (International Asset Management Council).
Amy Madison, Executive Director of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) has served the organization since January 2014. During the past seven years, she successfully coordinated the recruitment or expansion of 55 projects bringing over 7 million square feet and 4397 new full-time jobs. Under her leadership, the PCDC was designated as one of 69 Accredited Economic Development Organizations (AEDO) in the country by the IEDC in 2019. She is an OU Economic Development Institute graduate, a Certified Economic Development Professional (CEcD), a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and an Economic Development Master Practitioner (EDMP).
She serves on the Board for lEDC, TEDC, the Capital Area Economic Development District and serves on the Advisory Board for CleanTX. She is a proud member of the International Asset Management Council, TeamTexas, Texas One, and Opportunity Austin and serves as volunteer Vice President for the A-T Children’s Project, where she has helped raised over $2MM for this rare disease.
Ben White – Director of Economic Development Ben White joined the City of Cedar Park as Director of Economic Development in October 2018. As Director of Economic Development, he is responsible for leading the City of Cedar Park’s Economic Development program based on the City Council vision and goals for creating job growth and attracting and retaining businesses in Cedar Park. White has 20 years of experience in the field of economic development and was named by Consultant Connect among its Top 50 Economic Developers for 2017.
White sees Cedar Park as the next job center for the region because of its demographics and location – lending themselves well to corporate headquarters, the high tech industry and advance manufacturers. White has a proactive approach and high level of enthusiasm when it comes to recruiting businesses to come to Cedar Park.