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Gilberto Salinas

​KerrEDC, Executive Director

Gilberto is the Executive Director of the Kerr Economic Development Corporation in Kerrville, Texas, which is in Hill Country and part of the San Antonio-Austin business corridor. As the economic development executive in Kerrville, Texas, he is implementing strategies for business and corporate growth in an array of sectors which are tied to the recently launched 2050 Your Voice-Your City comprehensive plan.

In his prior role, he was the head of economic development for the Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico Borderplex, a binational and bicultural region of 1.2 million where he managed a prospect pipeline of $11 billion in projects and regularly met with top-level executives of Fortune 500 companies.

As an economic development career-professional, Gil has had the distinctive opportunity to work a project of significant impact with Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, and its founder Elon Musk, who in 2014 announced the construction of their South Texas Launch Site at Boca Chica Beach. He recently was chosen to present his story about the SpaceX project in a Ted Talk series at the IEDC 2017 Going Global Conference in Toronto.

In 2016, Governor Gregg Abbott appointed Gil to his Texas Aerospace & Aviation Advisory Committee. In March 2021, he was appointed by Governor Gregg Abbott to the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority.

He is a recipient of the DCI 40-Under-40 Rising Stars in Economic Development in the nation, North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2021, and in 2015 was named the Distinguished Alumnus of Leadership Brownsville and Masons Community Builder of the Year. 

Gil is currently a board member of the International Economic Development Council and a founding board member of the Bordernomics Initiative-Mexican and Americans Thinking Together (MATT). Salinas earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Texas–Pan American.

In his off time, Salinas has been casted to play protagonist roles in Texas-based productions, including Robert Rodriguez’s cult classic ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ and most recently in ‘Queen of the South’ on the USA network.

Gilberto is the Executive Director of the Kerr Economic Development Corporation in Kerrville, Texas, which is in Hill Country and part of the San Antonio-Austin business corridor. As the economic development executive in Kerrville, Texas, he is implementing strategies for business and corporate growth in an array of sectors which are tied to the recently launched 2050 Your Voice-Your City comprehensive plan.

In his prior role, he was the head of economic development for the Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico Borderplex, a binational and bicultural region of 1.2 million where he managed a prospect pipeline of $11 billion in projects and regularly met with top-level executives of Fortune 500 companies.

As an economic development career-professional, Gil has had the distinctive opportunity to work a project of significant impact with Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, and its founder Elon Musk, who in 2014 announced the construction of their South Texas Launch Site at Boca Chica Beach. He recently was chosen to present his story about the SpaceX project in a Ted Talk series at the IEDC 2017 Going Global Conference in Toronto.

In 2016, Governor Gregg Abbott appointed Gil to his Texas Aerospace & Aviation Advisory Committee. In March 2021, he was appointed by Governor Gregg Abbott to the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority.

He is a recipient of the DCI 40-Under-40 Rising Stars in Economic Development in the nation, North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2021, and in 2015 was named the Distinguished Alumnus of Leadership Brownsville and Masons Community Builder of the Year. 

Gil is currently a board member of the International Economic Development Council and a founding board member of the Bordernomics Initiative-Mexican and Americans Thinking Together (MATT). Salinas earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Texas–Pan American.

In his off time, Salinas has been casted to play protagonist roles in Texas-based productions, including Robert Rodriguez’s cult classic ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ and most recently in ‘Queen of the South’ on the USA network.

Theresa Metcalf

Deputy Director

Theresa has lived in Kerrville approximately 20 years and has worked for the Kerr Economic Development Corporation since 2016.  She has completed her Basic Economic Development Course as well as her Business Retention Expansion course through International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and recently completed Phase II of OU-EDI in pursuit of CEcD certification. Theresa is a member IEDC, SEDC and TEDC and serves on the IEDC Membership Development Advisory Committee, Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Communications Committee and AACOG Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee.

In her role at KerrEDC Theresa is responsible for the development and management of programs for KerrEDGE Entrepreneur Center, business retention and expansion, and workforce training.  She is assists  in the implementation of an economic development strategy to sustain and increase the competitiveness and pro-business atmosphere of the greater Kerrville area. Her personal mission is to grow the collaborative effort within the community and further develop regional economic relationships to sustain economic diversity. Her belief is that through cooperative measures we can celebrate our community’s unique qualities while working together collaboratively to solve our individual community challenges.

During 2020, KerrEDC was awarded four IEDC Excellence in Economic Development awards that highlight the BRE initiatives of the organization including the KerrEDC Video Podcast: Economic Dialogue, Quarterly Industry & Inclusion Roundtables, KerrEDC TopForty Awards, and business resource website Kerrvilletogether.com.

 

Theresa has lived in Kerrville approximately 20 years and has worked for the Kerr Economic Development Corporation since 2016.  She has completed her Basic Economic Development Course as well as her Business Retention Expansion course through International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and recently completed Phase II of OU-EDI in pursuit of CEcD certification. Theresa is a member IEDC, SEDC and TEDC and serves on the IEDC Membership Development Advisory Committee, Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Communications Committee and AACOG Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee.

In her role at KerrEDC Theresa is responsible for the development and management of programs for KerrEDGE Entrepreneur Center, business retention and expansion, and workforce training.  She is assists  in the implementation of an economic development strategy to sustain and increase the competitiveness and pro-business atmosphere of the greater Kerrville area. Her personal mission is to grow the collaborative effort within the community and further develop regional economic relationships to sustain economic diversity. Her belief is that through cooperative measures we can celebrate our community’s unique qualities while working together collaboratively to solve our individual community challenges.

During 2020, KerrEDC was awarded four IEDC Excellence in Economic Development awards that highlight the BRE initiatives of the organization including the KerrEDC Video Podcast: Economic Dialogue, Quarterly Industry & Inclusion Roundtables, KerrEDC TopForty Awards, and business resource website Kerrvilletogether.com.