Addison Economic Development Hosted International Delegation

People from around the world recently gathered in Addison to attend a panel discussion from the Economic Development and Tourism Department. This international delegation was made up of people from Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia that were being hosted by the U.S. State Department and the World Affairs Council.

The international delegation visited Addison and other communities in the U.S. to examine the role of management in public-private partnerships in a variety of fields including health, education, human rights, the environment, at-risk youth and the arts. During the event, they interacted with a panel made up of Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce President Erin Carney, Metrocrest Services President Tracy Eubanks and WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz. The panel shared their insights into how they each work with the Town to provide services to the community.

The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce represents Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch. It’s purpose is to “create economic prosperity for our members by providing programs, resources and support that assist and benefit business, government and citizens resulting in a vibrant place to live and work,” according to its website.

Metrocrest Services provides programs for people that lead to self-efficiency and foster independence. These include rent aid, budgeting assistance, food, gas cards, minor home repairs, home-delivered meals to seniors, employment related services, holiday programs and more.

WaterTower Theatre is one of Texas’ leading professional theatre companies and a flagship arts institution in North Texas. It has produced more than 170 plays and musicals, has more than 2,000 subscribers and 24,000 annual patrons.

The Town of Addison’s Economic Development and Tourism Department is in charge of “developing programs and supporting projects that will help promote economic prosperity in the community,” according to its website. The department also provides information to companies looking to relocate, so that they can get a better understanding of all the community has to offer. In addition, the department often helps to identify the right space for businesses, evaluate projects for public support and more.

Addison is “where it all comes together.” The Town has 23 hotels, more than 180 restaurants, more than 12 million square feet of office space, and countless events, attractions and retail shops in a 4.4 square mile radius.

Congratulations to Addison for successfully hosting this international delegation!

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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