RICHMOND, TX (Covering Katy News) - Carlos Guzman is the new Fort Bend County Economic Development Director, and he’ll be introduced at a news conference Monday.
Guzman has more than 16 years of economic development experience working for local and regional organizations throughout Texas. He’s worked for the City of Dallas and the Greater Houston Partnership. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Pasadena Economic Development Corporation.
“Guzman has worked on projects that have resulted in $4.5 billion in new investment commitments,” according to a press release from Fort Bend County Judge KP George.
“I am excited to have Carlos Guzman join our county leadership team and look forward to his leadership at the new Economic Development Department,” said George. “Carlos’ experience demonstrates that he has built the relationships and has the knowledge and processes required to be successful in this role.”
Guzman will oversee the County’s efforts to promote economic development by setting strategic goals for growth and prosperity, targeting new industries to increase their footprint, and working with existing initiatives and regional partners to strengthen the County’s economy.
The creation of the Department of Economic Development raises questions about the future role of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council (FBEDC) which was created in 1986 as a public private partnership. It provides the same services for the county as the newly created department that will be headed by Guzman. The FBEDC has focused on recruitment, retention, and development of a positive business climate in Fort Bend County. The group has led the way in infrastructure needs, and helping to resolve issues that stand in the way of quality growth.
Guzman holds degrees from Georgetown University and George Mason University. He is a certified Economic Developer and a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.