The Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1998 and chartered in 2001 as a 501(c) 6 voluntary organization of dedicated individuals and businesses who have come together to advance the commercial, financial, educational and civic interests of
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Joey Grisham, director of business recruitment, is an economic development veteran with extensive experience in management, operations, economic development and recruiting.Grisham joined the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber in January 2015 after working in chamber leadership roles for more than 14 years.Grisham is responsible for attracting and recruiting new businesses to the Irving-Las Colinas market, a market which includes six Fortune 500 global headquarters.
He works closely with key partners including Chamber leadership, brokers and site selectors, existing firms, city officials and current Chamber members.
Before joining the Irving Chamber, Grisham served as the President and CEO of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation in the Austin, Texas area.
Under his leadership, Hutto was selected as a finalist for the Tesla Gigafactory Project and land options were secured for a 1,200 acre rail megasite.
His work was recognized by several national publications, including Fortune.
In addition, he is quoted frequently in the Austin American-Statesman and The Dallas Morning News.
Grisham also served as the President of the Southeast Mississippi Economic Development Association, and has served in numerous economic development leadership roles across the southeast.
Having worked as an economic development and retail consultant on projects in Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arizona, Grisham brings a unique understanding of the challenges facing companies looking to relocate and expand.
Early in his career, Grisham was an intern for the Tennessee General Assembly and worked for a large global medical device firm.
Splenda, American Apparel, Tesla, EADS, HEB, Kroger, Shell, and Pioneer Aerospace are just a few of the companies Grisham has had the pleasure of working with on successful expansion and relocation projects.
Grisham holds a B.A. in Political Science and Business from the University of Mississippi, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Memphis, and a M.S. in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi.
"Verizon is fronting the money for the infrastructure and we propose to pay them back - not in a full-blown tax increment financing district - over a 10- to 15-year period through the increase in property tax revenue," Joey Grisham, director of business recruitment at the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, told the Dallas Business Journal.
"This allows the city to help move the project forward," he added.
"We hope this will be approved at the city council meeting in March."
Grisham and city officials hope the development of Hidden Ridge will help recruit new companies and retain Irving-based businesses by offering a truly walkable mixed-use development, which is what C-level executives want to recruit and retain within their own businesses.
"Every company wants the amenities and this project will have the DART station and feed off the Music Factory," he told me. "This will be a huge revenue generator."
These projects - such as Legacy West in Plano and CityLine in Richardson- have proved successful among household name companies, such as Toyota, State Farm Insurance, J.P. Morgan Chase and Liberty Mutual Insurance.
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, Grisham helped establish two new economic development organizations and assisted 20 companies with expansions totaling $300 million.
He 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 said.
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