Chamber’s new VP to pitch city to businesses

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The Denton Economic Development Partnership has new leadership in the Denton Chamber of Commerce: Adam Gawarecki is now the vice president of economic development at the chamber.

Gawarecki, a University of North Texas graduate, said he is happy to be back in the area and a city he has loved for years. His passion for the city will help him in his new job, where he will primarily work to attract new business to the area.

“I like the people, I like the quality of life, and I honestly feel like it’s going to be a pretty easy sales pitch to companies who are expanding and looking at Texas,” he said.

Before coming back to Denton just a few weeks ago, Gawarecki served as vice president of business recruitment for the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. The foundation is similarly structured to what exists in Denton, which gives Gawarecki an advantage here, said Aimee Bissett, director of economic development for the city.

“He started a week ago and he’s just been a huge asset to the team immediately,” she said. “He’s very proactive, has been coming up with new ideas, and he’s ready to really step out there and start recruiting companies to Denton and updating our marketing plan.”

Prior to working in San Antonio, Gawarecki spent six years working as a consultant with the World Economic Development Alliance, where he represented various communities and helped with marketing for new business attractions.

In his new position, Gawarecki said, he hopes to help with advertising and creating a new website, and start getting more businesses into spaces at the airport and industrial park by the end of the year.

To do this, he plans to pitch the Denton story by explaining the culture and infrastructure to businesses across the country.

“We’re like the marketing arm for the city, so it’s my job to attract new businesses here,” he said. “Since I’ve started, we’re already looking for new prospects.”

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.

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