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About Us

A new Economic Development Department has been formed to place more emphasis on the City’s economic development efforts. The creation of the Economic Development Department is one of the latest, and critically important, innovations to expand Garland’s economy in accordance with community goals. Please contact any one of our seasoned professionals to find out more about Garland’s investment opportunities.

For additional economic development information, contact us at 972-205-3800.

David Gwin, CEcD, AICP  Director of Economic Development                          
Ayako Schuster     Business Development Manager                           
Jonah Katz, AICP Business Analyst                          
Randy Colborn   Research Specialist                          
Armando Gallardo   Department Coordinator                          


Policy Background 

The department carries out the policy directives of the City Council related to enhancing Garland’s economy. The following documents provide background and the policy framework of the department.

Envision Garland Comprehensive Plan

In March 2012, City Council adopted a comprehensive roadmap to guide future growth and development. Chapter 4 of the plan provides the Economic Development policy framework.

Economic Development Strategy In support of the Envision Garland Comprehensive Plan, the City of Garland completed the EconomiC Development Strategy as the first logical step in the development of an integrated appraoch that can succeed in attracting new investment and reinvestment to the community. The report provides an overview of opportunities, market conditions and expectations, and implementation strategies.

Physical Address Mailing Address
217 N. Fifth St., 3rd Floor
Main Phone: 972-205-3800
P.O. Box 469002
Garland, TX 75046-9002