Economic Development Advisory Board

The Economic Development Advisory Board is comprised of seven regular members, four of whom are appointed by the City Council. These four include the Mayor or Mayor’s designee, a City Councilmember and two citizens. The City Councilmember and Mayor shall be selected for one-year terms. The citizen members shall serve staggered two-year terms. The other three members are selected by the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, also to two-year staggered terms; one of which shall be the current Chamber of Commerce Chair (or the Chair’s designee if the Chair is unable to attend), and the other two shall be appointed by the Chamber annually.

Board Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the Economic Development Advisory Board include promoting the economic development of the community through the coordinated actions of the City and the Chamber of Commerce.

Mission Statement

“The Board advises the City Council on economic development strategies that promote and foster private investment and job creation to ensure a sustainable business environment for Rowlett.”

Time Commitment

The Economic Development Advisory Board meets monthly or as needed.

Become a Member

Are you looking for ways to give back to the community? If so, we have a spot for you! We’re looking for committed residents willing to volunteer a few hours of their time each month to serve on a board or commission. Applications are available in the City Secretary’s Office in the City Hall Municipal Center at 4000 Main Street. Completed applications can be dropped off at the City Secretary’s Office, faxed to 972-412-6118 or emailed to the City Secretary’s Office.

Member Position Term Expires
Mick Donnelly
Councilmember, Mayor's Designee
Term Expires: Sep 30, 2020
Councilmember, Mayor's Designee Sep 30, 2020
Tammy Dana-Bashian
Term Expires: Sep 30, 2018
Councilmember Sep 30, 2018
Michael Smith
Regular Member
Term Expires: Sep 30, 2020
Regular Member Sep 30, 2020
Elaine Ritchie
Regular Member
Term Expires: Sep 30, 2019
Regular Member Sep 30, 2019
Drew Howard
Chamber Member, Chair
Term Expires: Dec 31, 2018
Chamber Member, Chair Dec 31, 2018
Whitney Laning
Chamber Member
Term Expires: Dec 31, 2018
Chamber Member Dec 31, 2018
Barry Young
Chamber Member, Vice-Chair
Term Expires: Dec 31, 2018
Chamber Member, Vice-Chair Dec 31, 2018
Brian Funderburk
City Manager, Ex Officio
City Manager, Ex Officio  
Michael Gallops
Chamber Director, Ex Officio
Chamber Director, Ex Officio  
Lawrence Glick
GISD Board Member, Ex Officio
GISD Board Member, Ex Officio  
Chris Kizziar