Grand Prairie Welcomes New Economic Development Director

Post Date:05/16/2016 4:28 PM

NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: Amy Sprinkles, asprinkles@gptx.org, 972-237-8140

GRAND PRAIRIE WELCOMES NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Marty WiederGRAND PRAIRIE—The City of Grand Prairie will welcome Marty Wieder as Economic Development Director beginning May 31, 2016. Wieder is coming to Grand Prairie from the City of Colleyville, where he has served as Director of Economic Development since August 2009 and facilitated deals to bring Whole Foods Market, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Petco, Zoe’s Kitchen, Emerus/Baylor Emergency Medical Center, Hampton Inn and Greenbrier Companies to Colleyville.

Wieder will replace Bob O’Neal, who retired from the City of Grand Prairie after serving as Economic Development Director since June 2003.

Prior to joining Colleyville, Wieder worked almost a decade in marketing, economic development consulting and urban planning for GSBS Architects. He also previously served as Director of Economic Development for the City of North Richland Hills for almost eight years in the 1990s, and worked with two Chambers of Commerce – including the Arlington Chamber in the late 1980s, where he got to participate in efforts to keep the Texas Rangers and build what is now Globe Life Park (as well as to convince General Motors to keep Arlington's facility open over a plant in Michigan).

"There is a huge amount of development potential in Grand Prairie," Wieder said. "We have the excitement of IKEA and other retail development opportunities around that store, as well as new access roads coming to Interstate 20 and Interstate 30."

Wieder also pointed out that prospective investors and developers can’t overlook the thousand acre Joe Pool Lake peninsula, tourist destinations at I-30 and Belt Line, redevelopment opportunities downtown, and the Great Southwest Industrial District, the largest of its kind in North Texas. 

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet with council members and staff and hear what they have to share about their vision for Grand Prairie’s economic future," Wieder added.

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