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Williamson County Chapter Meeting
May 1, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Williamson County Chapter meets the first Tuesday of the second month in each quarter.
11:30am: lunch. Noon-1:00pm: program. Registration required to attend.
All HBA members welcome; $25 per person
Builder Members attend free. Use Promo Code: BUILDER when registering. (Must be signed in!)
Economic Growth in Williamson County & Election/Candidate Updates
Ben White, Vice president of Economic Development, Round Rock Chamber of Commerce
Ben White is the vice president of economic development for the Round Rock Chamber, representing a community known for its highly-educated workforce, strong and cooperative city government, stable economy, and affordable cost-of-living. White has seventeen years of experience in economic development, and currently serves on the Central Texas Foreign Trade Zone board and is president of the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership. White was named Top 50 Economic Developers for 2017 by Consultant Connect.
Since joining the Round Rock Chamber in 2011, White has overseen the chamber’s economic development efforts. Most recent announcements include Clear Correct (medical manufacturing), Singulex/Veridia (bioscience), ProPortion Foods (480 jobs), Bass Pro Shops (destination retail), ThermaSol (manufacturing), Insys Therapeutics (pharmaceutical), South University (Round Rock’s fifth higher education institution), Benchmark Electronics (high tech manufacturing), Odyssey Technical Solutions (information technology), UPS Distribution Center (500 jobs and $70 million capital investment), and Kalahari Resorts ($400 million capital investment).During his tenure, Round Rock has announced/completed over fifty project totaling over $1 billion and 8,000 jobs.
Under White’s leadership, Round Rock was selected as an International Economic Development Council Excellence in Economic Development for its Multi-Year Economic Development Program in 2015. The Austin Business Journal awarded Round Rock with the best Real Estate Deal for the expansion of Insys Therapeutics in the Industrial Development Category. The Texas Economic Development Corporation awarded Round Rock with the Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) for 2014. This award is only given to one community in each population category for excellence in economic development.
From 2008 to 2011, White was the director of economic development for the city of Rowlett, Texas. While in Rowlett, he started a business retention and expansion program, hosted events for the development community, and developed a marketing plan for the community.
From 2000 to 2008, White worked for the Greenville, Texas Board of Development. He began his career as the projects manager and was elevated to executive eirector in 2006. He was responsible for pursuing business development and establishing relationships with industries, businesses, and developers.
White is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science. in business administration.
David Glenn, HBA Director of Government Affairs
David will be updating the members on upcoming May municipal elections and candidates, as well as any run-offs or ballot propositions of interest.