The San Patricio County Economic Development Corp. has a new executive director.
Adam Gawarecki started earlier in December, according to a news release. Former executive director, Foster Edwards, retired in October, said John Green, board chairman of the agency's executive committee.
Edwards headed the organization since 2016. Before that, he was CEO and president of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce.
Gawarecki has served as vice president at the Denton Economic Development Partnership/Denton Chamber of Commerce. He has also been active in other cities in Texas, including the Temple Economic Development Corporation and San Antonio Economic Development Foundation as Vice President.
"San Patricio County offers the premier focal point for potential investments and growth in the region and we set out to find a new director to help steer that growth," Green said. “I strongly believe we hired the right person, with the right skill set, to take that growth to the next level."
"We are very excited to have Adam on board with us and we look forward to the opportunities he will bring to San Patricio County.”
Gawarecki has also done work in the private sector as the Director of Real Estate for McLane Group and as Vice President for World Economic Development Alliance.
Gawarecki graduated from The University of North Texas, focusing on international business and economics, with a minor in marketing.
The economic development corporation has in recent years taken on a higher profile. The nonprofit is charged with bringing in new businesses, supporting those already operating in the county and helping manage growth.
Edwards received $90,000 compensation per year as director.
A job description for the position posted on the Texas Economic Development Council website listed a salary between $100,000 and $130,000 for the position.
The San Patricio agency and The Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. considered merging in 2019. Instead, they created a partnership, which has worked well, Green said. The two agencies have since met on a monthly basis.