Councils Purpose

  1. Expand business recruitment efforts through new means of promoting Irving’s brand awareness in targeted, national markets.
  2. Business retention and expansion to remain a cornerstone.
  3. Recruit targeted retailers utilizing the Buxton Company’s analysis and retail strategies.
  4. Analyze and recommend enhancements to Irving’s incentive policies to stay competitive in business recruitment, retention, and expansion.
  5. Broaden and strengthen relationships with national site location consultants.
  6. Grow the private investment level and continue to look for creative ways to improve and deliver upon the ‘return on investment’ (ROI).

Council Membership

  • 97 Investors (representing private sector)
  • 21 Business/Civic Leaders (representing corporate, medium & small business, retail, commercial & residential brokers, & city leadership)

Council Meetings Frequency: Quarterly

Committee Chairman: Rodney Phelps, Citi.

Staff Liaison:  If you would like to learn more about the Economic Development Advisory Council, please contact Joey Grisham at or 214-217-8484.