The Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County has named Allison J.H. Thompson as its new president and chief executive officer after an extensive search with The Pace Group, a national executive search firm based in Dallas.
Thompson brings more than 20 years of economic development experience to Jefferson County and will start work beginning Sept. 1. Most recently she served over 12 years as director of economic development at the city of Cedar Hill, Texas, and simultaneously as executive director of the Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation.
About the new hire, Alliance Board Chairman David Beck said, “The Board is very pleased to announce Allison Thompson as our next president and CEO. I am confident she will help us continue moving Jefferson County into a bright future, and we are excited to see her start work.”
Beck continued by saying, “Ms. Thompson has built a stellar reputation in the economic development world and has left a strong positive impact on every community she has worked with. We are ready to see her do the same here.”
Chuck Morgan, chairman of the Executive Search Committee, said, “The Search Committee was proud to present Allison J.H. Thompson as our selected candidate to the Board for consideration as our organization’s next president and CEO. The national search process was rigorous, and we were presented with multiple candidates with excellent credentials and experience. I anticipate that Ms. Thompson will do a fantastic job for Jefferson County, and I am excited to see her begin working in our county.”
During her tenure in Cedar Hill, Thompson led efforts to attract many new companies — including names such as PepWare, idX Dallas, and Dallas Aeronautical Services — while also helping several local businesses to expand.
When asked her thoughts on taking over as Alliance CEO, Thompson said, “From the beginning of the search process, I was impressed with the focused determination of the search committee. I am honored to have been selected by people who are passionate about growth in Jefferson County that benefits all who call it home. And I look forward to working with our team and strategic partners to strengthen alliances, advance strategic plans, and make the future vision a reality.”
Thompson holds certifications and recognition from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the National Development Council (NDC), and the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC). She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and Fellow Member (FM) with IEDC, an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) with the NDC, and Mary Jo Hanover Award recipient from IAMC.
Thompson received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University and an M.A. in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington. Active in many organizations, she is a current board member of the Texas Economic Development Council, North Texas Commission, and chair-elect of the Best Southwest Partnership.
She succeeds Lou Ann Nisbett, who is retiring this month.