Sugar Land names new Economic Development Director

Director of Economic Development Jennifer May_8-14

Jennifer May

Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard recently selected Jennifer May to serve as director of economic development.  May was appointed to the position on an interim basis in April when Regina Morales resigned to pursue new opportunities. In her permanent role, she will continue to lead an office that has worked with more than 40 corporations and developers on expansions, improvements or relocations, creating more than 2,400 jobs and $1 billion in capital investment since 1999. May will also serve as staff liaison to the Sugar Land Development Corporation and the Sugar Land 4B Corporation, non-profit groups that utilize voter-authorized sales tax revenue to promote, assist and enhance economic development activities and quality-of-life opportunities within the City. “Jennifer and the economic development team have done an outstanding job in managing the duties and priorities of the department,” said Bogard.  “Based on her track record, I am confident we have the right person leading our efforts to create a sustainable business environment that promotes a quality economy and an expanded tax base for our residents.” During May’s eight years with the City, she has served as director of public affairs, assistant to the city manager and management assistant.  Her leadership has resulted in an award-winning multi-cultural program, the establishment of a Legacy Foundation to promote community investment in facilities and activities, the transformation of a prison building into the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land and numerous City recognitions as an Anti-Defamation League Community of Respect. May received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on urban/city management from the University of Kansas. She is a fall 2013 graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Business/Civic Leadership Forum; a member of the Texas City Management Association, International City/County Management Association, Texas Economic Development Council and International Economic Development Council; and a past president of the Urban Management Professionals of South East Texas.

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