Amy Madison tapped to lead Pflugerville economic development

Amy Madison, who has overseen the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation as interim executive director since July 2015, was chosen as the permanent executive director on Feb. 11.

The decision by the PCDC board of directors to hire Madison as executive director cements her role as head of the quasi-governmental agency that works to bring business and economic growth to Pflugerville.

“For me it’s just a strong vote of confidence from my board,” Madison said. “Now that I know I have that level of respect, we can begin taking the next steps.”

As interim executive director, Madison helped recruit Medway Plastics, EOS of North America and FinSpeed to Pflugerville, bringing in nearly 200 jobs to the city, according to the PCDC. She joined the PCDC in January 2014 as assistant executive director.

In a media release, PCDC Board President Wayne Cooper said the board conducted a nationwide search to find the best person for the job.

“What we found is that our best candidate with the most applicable experience and grit to get the job done was already serving in the role as interim executive director,” Cooper said.

The PCDC board conducted the hiring search after Floyd Akers resigned as executive director in July 2015. Akers served in that position for four years. At the time, Akers said he left to pursue work in the non-governmental arena.

Madison joined the PCDC after serving for six years as CEO of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, according to a media release. The quasi-public economic development organizations serves seven cities and Hays and Caldwell counties. She received her bachelor’s degree from Phillips University and her master’s degree from Oklahoma University.

Madison said one of her first goals as executive director will be creating a comprehensive strategic plan for economic development.

“It’s very detailed, and at the end of the day it’s a road map of the execution of things,” she said of the plan.

The plan should take up to six months to draft and approve, Madison said, and should give the PCDC direction and guidance over the next three to five years.

In January, the PCDC appointed and reappointed several members to its board. George Cudd and Doug Weiss returned as board members. Rudy Metayer, who had yet to finish his first term on the board, lost his seat in what Council Member Starlett Sattler called a confusing vote during a City Council meeting.

Mike Parker, Austin Community Newspapers Staff, Austin Statesman, 2/12/16,