Joseph Grisham is the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce's new economic development director.
Joseph "Joey" Grisham becomes the chamber's economic development director, replacing John Bonnot, who left in July for a similar position with Frisco Economic Development Corp.
"The experience and insight that Joey
possesses - from working with the governor's office on multi-billion-dollar deals, to supporting small businesses - uniquely qualify him for this position."
Grisham had been president/CEO of the Hutto Economic Development Corp., which had a massive development site north of Austin under consideration for last summer's coveted prize - Tesla's battery factory.
The California electric car maker eventually selected Reno, Nevada, for the $5 billion plant that could one day employ 6,500.
While in Hutto
helped establish two new economic development organizations and assisted 20 companies with expansions totaling $300 million.
also secured more than $2 million in grants and developed new incentives policies.
Grisham previously held leadership roles for the Lake Granbury (Texas) Economic Development Corporation, the Mobile (Alabama) Chamber of Commerce, and the Marion County (Mississippi) Development Partnership.
"Irving has so many unique assets and opportunities already in the pipeline," he