Buda hires new head of economic development

The Buda Economic Development Corporation has hired a new executive director, a position that had been vacant since former director Ann Miller was “released” in April and had her last day at work in May.

Traci Anderson, formerly the economic development director in Sunnyvale outside Dallas, will begin work Oct. 28 and on Oct. 30, the city is hosting a reception for her from 5 to 7 p.m. in the main lobby of the Buda Municipal Complex.

During her time in Sunnyvale, Anderson helped to secure more than one million square feet of commercial development and more than $64 million in expansion projects.

Anderson said she was “sad to leave” her former position, but, “I am excited for what the future holds and to return to Central Texas,” she said. She had formerly worked as vice president and BRE manager for the Taylor Economic Development Corporation.

“The Buda Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors have been deliberate and patient in the search for an executive director,” Board President Jennifer Storm said. “Traci’s experience and connections in the business community will help achieve Buda’s goals and objectives for economic development.”

“Buda is a fast growing community with the benefits of small-town charm in the heart of the Austin-San Marcos Metropolitan area and I look forward to working with businesses to promote success in conjunction with economic development goals,” Anderson said. Anderson graduated from the University of San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology. She is also a certified economic developer through the International Economic Development Council and plans to attend graduate school in the near future.

“We look forward to Traci joining our team” Storm said. “She is well- known in the Austin region and will work to provide the resources to meet Buda’s needs.”

Established in 2001, the Buda Economic Development Corporation is funded through a half cent sales tax.

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