David Colligan, Manager of Global Business Expansion with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.
An independent six-member selection committee evaluated and chose the winners based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.
“David Colligan is an outstanding and dedicated individual that goes above and beyond to improve the lives of others by helping architect continued economic opportunity and innovation for Austin,” said Kevin Johns, City of Austin Economic Development Department Director.
In addition to his work on the ground to increase jobs and investment in Austin through business attraction and assisting local business with international expansion, Colligan is leading an expanded workforce development effort to create more reskilling job opportunities for individuals in poverty.
DCI’s 40 Under 40 award was designed to discover the economic development profession’s rising stars.
“The people chosen by the selection committee represent a bright future for the economic development world,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. “They are a new breed of results-driven place makers. We’re very pleased to see David Colligan among the winners.”
“I was impressed by the energy and dedication of these developers,” said Zach Patton, Executive Editor at GOVERNING Magazine and 40 Under 40 selection committee member. “Their passion for good economic development really stood out in their smart innovations, thoughtful programs, and cool ideas.”
DCI officially announced the winners last night at an awards ceremony during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Jacksonville and will feature an in-depth profile of each on its website during 2017.
Pictured from left to right: Andy Levine, President of DCI; David Colligan, City of Austin Economic Development Global Business Expansion Manager; Michael Langley, Chair of the International Economic Development Council Board of Directors
About the City of Austin, Economic Development Department
The City’s Economic Development Department (EDD) develops and leads the innovative programs that increase the prosperity of Austin’s citizens, our businesses, and our diverse neighborhoods. www.austintexas.gov/ecodev @econvitalityATX
Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing. The agency has worked for more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960. www.aboutdci.com
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