The Economic Development Pulse Third Quarter 2016 - Page 2




It is great to be back in Odessa. After a 10-year absence serving as Director of Economic Development for Andrews, Texas it is incredible for me to see the positive changes that have taken place in my hometown! I attended Odessa College and graduated from UT Permian Basin in 1991 with an undergraduate degree and again in 2006 with a Master of Public Administration degree. I fully believe that having the opportunity to obtain my higher education close to home has had a huge impact on my success. My family and I are native Odessans and are excited to be back home. I fully believe that Odessa is the Right Place in Texas to live, work and do business and your Odessa Chamber of Commerce will be on the job full-time to ensure that it is.

The Economic Development Department of the Chamber along with the Odessa Development Corporation will focus on helping local businesses expand and grow our economy from within. We will also have a very strong focus on outside investment and job creation. All of this will be done by providing the incentives that make Odessa the clear choice for their facilities. Teamwork and cooperation from every taxing entity and local organization is a key to being successful. We are looking forward to working closely with everyone to make Odessa even better.

Enjoy this monthly newsletter from the Economic Development Department of the Chamber. We believe it will be your tool to stay informed on the developments of the business community here in Odessa. The team here in the Economic Development Department of the Chamber and the Odessa Development Corporation will be working hard to promote your community and encourage positive growth in all areas. We will be striving to unite our town and work with local agencies as well as those in our region and state to be the best we can be.

Thank you for your support and enjoy The PULSE!!

Wesley R. Burnett

Wesley R. Burnett, CEcD, MPA

Director of Economic Development