A Decade of Transformation: PCDC Executive Director Steps Down After Overseeing Unprecedented Economic Development

A Decade of Transformation: PCDC Executive Director Steps Down After Overseeing Unprecedented Economic Development Main Photo

29 Apr 2024

The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation is bidding farewell to a transformative leader. Amy Madison, who has served as Executive Director since July 2015, announced her retirement at a special board meeting on April 9th.

“It has been an honor to serve the PCDC and City Council for over a decade as we worked together to achieve economic development goals for our community,” said Amy Madison. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working here, and I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to serve the outstanding leadership in this community.”

Driving Force Behind Pflugerville's Economic Boom

Madison's tenure at the PCDC, where she has served since 2014, has been synonymous with growth.. Praised by PCDC President Jeff Thompson as "the first name that comes to mind" when considering Pflugerville's recent economic surge, Madison's leadership has been instrumental in attracting millions of dollars in investments and creating thousands of new jobs. An independent report by Impact DataSource highlights the significant impact of her initiatives, leading to the creation of 7,015 jobs and 9.1 million square feet of development from 2013 to 2023.

Landmark Projects and Strategic Development

Madison's accomplishments extend far beyond statistics. She was pivotal in developing Pflugerville's first Industrial Park, the One Thirty Business Park, which has become a magnet for national and international companies. Her commitment to maximizing the city's economic potential is further demonstrated by the expansion of Impact Way, a project that has improved infrastructure and attracted significant investments.

Under Madison’s leadership, Pflugerville secured significant commercial growth, including Amazon Services LLC, which constructed the city's largest robotic distribution center, which spanned 3.8 million square feet. She also brought major companies like Cortec Precision Manufacturing, Accent Food Services,  MW Builders, Essentium, Republic National Distributing Company, Cowboys Fit, Walker Engineering, MDC Precision, GT Distributors, Skybox Datacenter, REE Automotive, and MoboTrex. and Rosendin Electric to Pflugerville. Furthermore, Madison's efforts secured a record-breaking $50 million investment for creating a Multi-generational Parks and Recreation Center, showcasing her dedication to fostering a vibrant community.

A Winner of many Accolades and Awards

Her expertise has been recognized locally, across Texas, and nationally. Madison is a leading figure in economic development, serving on prestigious boards and receiving numerous accolades, including the Accreditation as an Economic Development Organization (AEDO) and the Texas Economic Development Council's (TEDC) Economic Excellence Award for ten consecutive years. Additionally, the organization has received the prestigious Trade and Industry CiCi Award, the Gold Award for Economic Development Organization of the Year from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and was named Economic Development Organization of the Year by Business Facilities Magazine.

Earlier this year, Amy Madison was honored by the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her significant contributions both within and beyond her role at PCDC. Madison's work extends to mentoring economic development professionals and partnering with various organizations to serve community needs. Notable initiatives led by her include the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic and the establishment of the Pflugerville Manufacturing Academy.

"Amy Madison's dedication to economic development has been instrumental in shaping the future of Pflugerville,” said Kristen Cepak, President and CEO of the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce. “Her visionary leadership and tireless efforts have attracted significant investment to our community and laid the foundation for sustained growth and prosperity.”

Community Champion and Economic Development Leader

Madison also played an integral role in the transitions needed for the success of the Typhoon Texas Water Park and facilitated the park's expansion by adding a year-round restaurant venue that opened in 2022. Madison championed enhancements to the park's entrance, improving access and safety.

Madison's commitment extended beyond attracting businesses. Her efforts secured over $2 million in state funding for workforce training, significantly contributing to the growth of the largest cluster of Additive Manufacturing in the region and bolstering the city's skilled workforce. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she spearheaded initiatives to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and established the Pflugerville Manufacturing Academy, highlighting her dedication to the community's well-being.

Looking Forward: A Seamless Transition and Continued Growth

While Amy Madison's departure marks the end of an era, the PCDC is committed to ensuring a smooth transition. The search for her successor will begin immediately to continue Pflugerville's economic prosperity. With Madison's strong foundation, Pflugerville is poised for continued success in attracting businesses, creating jobs, and fostering a thriving community.

A Celebration of Achievement: Retirement Reception for Amy Madison

The Pflugerville community is invited to celebrate Amy Madison's remarkable career at a retirement reception. The PCDC and the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce will co-host this special event in her honor on Thursday, May 16th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott Pflugerville. RSVP here.