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
Rick Sheffield
Councilmember, Mayor's Designee
Councilmember, Mayor's Designee  
Tammy Dana-Bashian
Councilmember, Vice Chair
Term Expires: Sep 30, 2017
Councilmember, Vice Chair Sep 30, 2017
Jerry Johnson
Regular Member
Term Expires: Sep 30, 2018
Regular Member Sep 30, 2018
Elaine Ritchie
Regular Member
Term Expires: Sep 30, 2017
Regular Member Sep 30, 2017
Drew Howard
Chamber Member
Term Expires: Dec 31, 2017
Chamber Member Dec 31, 2017
Whitney Laning
Chamber Member
Term Expires: Dec 31, 2017
Chamber Member Dec 31, 2017
Barry Young
Chamber Member, Chair
Term Expires: Dec 31, 2017
Chamber Member, Chair Dec 31, 2017
Eva Hummel
Rowlett Chamber Foundation, Ex Officio
Term Expires: Dec 31, 2017
Rowlett Chamber Foundation, Ex Officio Dec 31, 2017
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