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Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation

The Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is a Type A corporation operating within the City of Cedar Hill. The mission of the Cedar Hill EDC is to retain and expand business through a proactive retention and expansion program, attract desirable business and industry by fostering a business friendly environment, and aggressively market Cedar Hill utilizing a multi-faceted approach.

In the early 1990s, the population of Cedar Hill was increasing rapidly and citizens began to be concerned about the need for orderly economic development. An economic development advisory committee was formed by the city council that surveyed the residents to see how they envisioned Cedar Hill's future. Based on the response, subcommittees were formed to look into funding, asset enhancement, and community image.

In January 1994 voters approved a special sales tax to fund the economic development efforts, and the Cedar Hill EDC was incorporated in September 1994. They began with an annual budget of $150,000, and have increased it to $3.5 million with their development efforts.

Recently, the Cedar Hill EDC was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Economic Excellence by the Texas Economic Development Council for a "commitment to professional economic development by city administration, elected and appointed officials, and exemplary professional standards demonstrated by the economic development staff."

In addition, the Cedar Hill EDC has also received the Workforce Excellence Award for their development of an innovative and collaborative workforce model in partnership with local industrial companies, education partners, and non-profits.  The award was received in June 2015 from the Texas Economic Development Council.

Board members must be residents of Cedar Hill and apply through the City of Cedar Hill Secretary's Office. They are then appointed by the City Council to serve on the Board.

Board meetings are the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Cedar Hill Government Center, unless otherwise posted. Meeting agendas are posted at the entrance of the Government Center at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

 

Allison J.H. Thompson, CEcD, EDFP

Director of Economic Development
972-291-5132 ext. 5
[email protected]

Allison J. H. Thompson holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University, an MA in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas of Arlington as well as professional certifications from both the International Economic Development Council and the National Development Council; CEcD and EDFP respectively.

Currently employed by the City of Cedar Hill, Texas, a thriving community in southwest Dallas County on Joe Pool Lake, she is the Director for the Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation and Director of Economic Development for the City.

Her experience ranges from consulting on strategic economic development planning to managing a regional economic development organization. She has served as director of economic development in several Texas cities.

Current active memberships: IEDC, TEDC, CoreNet, IAMC, NAIOP, CREW, ICSC, SCR, NTCAR, DFW Marketing Team, Rotary, and Lions.

 

Andy Buffington, CEcD, IOM

Business Marketing and Research Manager
(972) 291-5132 ext. 4
[email protected]

Andy Buffington graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master's Degree in Business Administration concentrated in marketing research.  He holds professional certification from the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management program (IOM), and most recently received his professional certification through the International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer program (CEcD).

Andy moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in November of 2014 to begin working for the Cedar Hill EDC.  Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce located in Shreveport, Louisiana.  

 

Louis Castillo

Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator
(972) 291-5132 ext. 1
[email protected]

Louis started with the City of Cedar Hill in 2009. Prior to joining the Economic Development department in 2012 as Executive Assistant, he worked in Municipal Court, Utility Billing and Human Resources.  Being bilingual - fluent in Spanish - Louis continues to translate throughout the city. 

In addition to Executive Assistant, he holds the titles of Special Projects Coordinator in 2015 as well Secretary for the Economic Development Corporation and the Cedar Hill Business Park Property Owners Association. 

Louis’ primary duties include managing the office needs, record retention, processes department invoices and is the liaison for the Finance department. He also helps managing the properties owned by the Economic Development Corporation.