Burleson’s Phillips among the tops in his field

Monday was a big day for the city of Burleson Economic Development Manager Alex Philips.

The Burleson High School graduate was recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect.

Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, announced its 2018 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers Monday.

“The city of Burleson is incredibly fortunate to have Alex Philips leading our economic development efforts,” said Burleson City Manager Dale Cheatham. “Alex loves this community and works hard every day to attract businesses that will have a long-term positive effect in our city.”

The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.   

“This annual list recognizing North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers is designed to acknowledge the hard work of the top leaders in this field and elevate the conversation around economic development and job creation,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each of the leaders represented on this year’s list are beyond deserving of this recognition for their efforts in building our communities.”

Philips desire to bring quality industry to the city and development of a sustainable workforce makes him an industry leader.

“Alex goes above and beyond every day to develop relationships and find creative ways to make our community attractive to new businesses,” said Burleson development services director Mandy Clark. “We are particularly proud of the groundbreaking Burleson Works program which Alex spearheaded to match candidates for skilled labor scholarships with local industries to begin filling the skilled labor gap.”

But Philips is the first to tell you that his success is only possible through teamwork on all levels of the organization.

“I have the privilege of working with one of the best economic teams,” Philips said. “I would not be successful without the unwavering support of our business-friendly city council, our progressive city management and the development services staff who are constantly looking for ways to assist growing our community.”

Philips, started his career with the City of Burleson as water/wastewater inventory associate in March 2008. Philips began to make the transition to economic development when he took on a position as an engineering coordinator. In 2014, he became the economic development coordinator and was promoted to economic development manager two years ago.

“This community is an exceptional place,” Philips said. “It is evident by our success that other people, companies and businesses are starting to see what a great story Burleson has to tell. We really are hometown, done right.”  

Phillips is joined on the list by eight other Texans.

Chris Strayer from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce also made the list.

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