The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce is among the nation’s top economic development agencies to be recognized by Site Selection’s newly minted Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development. This is the eighth time over the past 12 years that the Fort Worth Chamber has received this distinction, which was formerly known as the Top Groups.
“I’ve had no doubt that the Fort Worth Chamber’s efforts to market and position the City in order to attract new business opportunities are among the best in the country,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “The Chamber, the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County have a tremendous working relationship, and having the Chamber out front for us has proven to be a model that delivers significant positive results for the City and the surrounding areas.”
Last year was the most successful year in history for the city’s economic development team with the completion of 15 deals that occupy 3,462,000 square feet and will create 5,336 jobs. These deals represent a historic $3.02 billion in capital investment, including two deals with more than $1 billion in capital expenditures: Facebook’s 110-acre data center and the Lockheed Martin campus upgrade to facilitate increased production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.
In addition to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, three other economic development organizations, out of the 12 total groups selected for the Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development, are from Texas. They include the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Greater Houston Partnership.
“It’s an honor to be included among so many outstanding economic development groups who are successfully bringing new business opportunities, jobs and revenue to their communities,” said Mark Nurdin, chairman of the board of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “David Berzina and the Fort Worth Chamber team, along with their partners at the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, are to be congratulated for this consistent national recognition.”
The Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development is named after McKinley “Mac” Conway, the founder of Conway Media and Site Selection magazine, in recognition of his appreciation for the individuals and organizations that are attracting investments to help their communities prosper. Criteria include the total number of jobs created, the total amount of investment and per capita investment and jobs created in the region. The publication also looks at unique ways that an organization is addressing critical community issues.
“The Mac Awards recognize the economic development organizations with the business expansion and retention resources most in demand by capital investors,” says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. “The Fort Worth Chamber’s success in 2015 says to us that it has those resources in abundance and is a location of choice in the region.”
Top Economic Development Groups for 2015
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Dallas Regional Chamber/Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)
Greater Houston Partnership
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
Louisville Chamber of Commerce
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
About the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, with 2,300 member businesses, is the largest chamber in the North Texas region and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the nation’s top economic development organizations. Through business-to-business marketing, educational events, economic development, workforce development and government advocacy, the Fort Worth Chamber assumes a leadership role in making Fort Worth, the 16th-largest city in the U.S., a premier location in which to live, work and do business. For more information, please contact the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce at (817) 338-3391 or visit www.fortworthecodev.com.