Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) has announced the appointment of Tom Long as its new Vice President. Long brings with him more than 30 years of experience in business development, investment, and economic growth. As Vice President of Temple EDC, Long will be responsible for implementing strategies to support existing businesses, attract new investments, and enhance economic growth in the city of Temple.
“Tom’s extensive experience in economic development will be a major asset to Temple EDC as we continue our mission of growing the local economy and creating opportunities for our community,” said Adrian Cannady, President & CEO of Temple EDC.
One of Long’s priorities will be to focus on workforce development, new business recruitment, and expansion of the local business community. He will also collaborate closely with the City of Temple and Bell County.
Long is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and has previously worked for greater:SATX in San Antonio and CPS Energy. Long earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“I am honored to be joining the Temple EDC team, and I look forward to partnering with local businesses and community leaders to drive economic growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life for all Temple residents,” said Long.
Long will assume his role as Vice President of Temple EDC on April 3, 2023. The appointment of Long is expected to contribute significantly to the growth and development of the local economy, furthering Temple EDC’s mission of creating opportunities for the community.