Austin suburb’s fast-growing economy to be steered by new leader after Floyd Akers resigns

Floyd Akers has stepped down as Pflugerville’s go-to point man in the realm of economic development.

Akers’ resignation as the Pflugerville Community Development Corp.’s executive director was accepted by the PCDC board on July 25. Amy Madison, who had been the PDCD’s assistant executive director after helping San Marcos grow its economy, has been named interim executive director and will assume Floyd’s duties while a national search continues for his successor.

Akers, an attorney, will pursue a legal job in the private sector, said PCDC spokeswoman Lindsay Pope. Akers will continue as the organization’s general counsel through Aug. 1.

He took over the executive director and general counsel roles at PCDC in 2011 after working as Pflugerville’s city attorney.

Madison joined PCDC in January 2014.

“While we are sad to see Floyd Akers go, we are confident Amy Madison has the experience and passion to take the PCDC to the next level,” said Doug Weiss, president of the PCDC board, in a statement. “Amy has developed an impressive network of local, regional, national and international site selectors, real estate professionals and developers that will be instrumental in attracting new business prospects, capital investment and job creation for Pflugerville.“

Some of the key deals brokered by Akers include construction of the 130 Commerce Center as well as the city’s first hotel and conference center. He also cut deals to attract Precision Ammunition, the Hawaiian Falls water park and a $33 million expansion of FedEx Ground Services in Pflugerville. Another company that landed in Pflugerville, high-tech gunmaker TrackingPoint Inc., recently discontinued sales after reporting financial difficulties.

Staff Report, Austin Business Journal, 7/27/15,