by: Brad Stutzman / Austin American-Stateman
Almost a year after organizing and getting it off the ground, Ben White is pleased with progress made thus far by the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership.
White, who serves as vice president of economic development for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, also leads the countywide partnership formed earlier this year. Saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” the chamber’s website sums up the economic partnership’s philosophy.
“We feel like everything is moving in the right direction,” White had said.
White has served as the partnership inaugural president. Joining him in the group’s efforts are representatives from Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown, Taylor, Hutto and Jarrell.
When the partnership began in April, White said it would promote an all-for-one and one-for-all attitude.
“If Cedar Park lands a prospect, Round Rock is going to benefit,” he said at the time. “If Georgetown wins a project, Leander benefits. We’ve got cooperation from all the communities. It’s a true regional group, with common goals and a common philosophy.”
The Williamson County Commissioners Court has long endorsed countywide strategies for economic development. In April, the county hosted a launch party at the courthouse in Georgetown.
“I am supportive,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Lisa Birkman, who represents Round Rock. “I think since Williamson County has several major cities and chambers of commerce — instead of other counties which only have one — it is wonderful that everyone is making a conscious effort of working together.”
County spokesperson Connie Watson agreed. “By working together we can showcase all that Williamson County can offer businesses, which will broaden our tax base and provide new employment opportunities for our residents,” she said.
White said that since that time, the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership has developed a website, www.williamsoncountytxedp.com, and also taken its message on the road.
“A group of Williamson County Economic Development Partnership folks attended a trade show in Houston and developed leads for all the communities to share,” White said earlier this month.
“We get leads from our website, which is always good,” he said. “That’s a very productive first year and we feel very good moving forward.”
For more information about the WCEDP, call the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce at 512-255-5805 or visit www.roundrockchamber.org.
“We feel like everything is moving in the right direction.” – Ben White, vice president of economic development, Round Rock Chamber of Commerce