After three years of discussions about closer collaboration, the Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hutto Economic Development Corp., also known as the Community Development Corporation, are proud to have taken the next step into making what has become known as Project Unity a reality.
“Over the last three years, each of the former chairmen of the EDC have provided input for Project Unity,” said Steven Harris, Chairman of the Hutto EDC. To date, this led to changing both the brand and focus of the EDC into what is now known as the Community Development Corporation.
As the Chamber interviewed for its new director the first week of December, Tim Jordan emerged as their top candidate. The CDC, also considering a staff position, decided the time was ripe to combine resources and realize cost savings. Collaborating, the two organizations hired one leader to serve concurrently as the Economic Development Coordinator for the CDC for one year, and the Interim Director of the Chamber.
“Tim Jordan is a community leader who understands the culture of the city and vision of the City Council, who understands advanced manufacturing and contracts, and someone both organizations can trust,” said Harris.
“This saves the two organizations approximately $170,000 over the next twelve months and helps to provide a united service to Hutto businesses during a time of significant economic growth for both new and existing businesses in Hutto,” said Drew Hargrove, Vice Chair of the Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We are confident that Tim can navigate the complex tasks that must take place in order to create a more collaborative, unified business climate in Hutto,” added Hargrove.
Mayor Doug Gaul, added “The vision for Project Unity is for each entity to retain its own board and organizational structure, and to strategically partner to accelerate economic growth through aggressive programs for business development, business retention and expansion, and business recruitment.”
“Tim has been tasked with the job of working through the details of creating the new unified organization, working from examples of neighboring cities who have done the same. It will take a great deal of time and energy; and we have given him only one year to complete this task,” added Harris.
Additional priorities for Project Unity will be defined by the Chamber and CDC boards in the near future.
“The list is growing of new companies the City has successfully attracted to Hutto,” said Harris. “The unified CDC and Chamber working in conjunction with the City will undoubtedly improve business retention, business development, and reinforce Hutto’s business climate as ‘open for business.’” added Harris.
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