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Gawarecki brings passion for city

Adam Gawarecki is now the vice president of economic development at the Denton Chamber of Commerce and we want to welcome him back to Denton as the newest member of the Denton Economic Development Partnership team.

We say “welcome back” because while he’s a new addition at the chamber, Gawarecki is a graduate of the University of North Texas.

He told us that he is happy to return to a city he has loved for years. His passion for Denton, Gawarecki said, will help him in his new job, where he will primarily work to attract new business to the area.

“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.”

Before taking the Denton job, 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, said Aimee Bissett, director of economic development for the city of Denton.

“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 Denton 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.

“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.

We’re glad to hear that Gawarecki has already rolled up his sleeves — North Texas is a highly competitive market and those new ideas Bissett mentioned will come in handy.

We also like his choice of terms in describing how he feels about Denton. His appreciation for the city’s culture should help sharpen his sales pitch.

It’s easier to sell when you’re sold on the product.