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Brazoria County
Pearland Economic Development Corporation
News Release
Monday, April 14, 2008

Cole Joins Pearland and PEDC to Seek Development, Investment Opportunities 

PEARLAND – Kyler S. Cole recently joined the City of Pearland and the Pearland Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) as the Old Town Site Coordinator. Cole’s primary responsibility includes implementing the Old Town Site Redevelopment Plan to bring new investments to this area of Pearland.
 
In addition, Cole will serve as a development coordinator working in partnership with area businesses and residents, identifying infrastructure upgrades, developing financing structures and creating ways to increase historical elements and tourist activities.  He will also work on specific projects such as the PEDC’s successful Bizconnect Program, workforce development, grant writing and site selection consulting.
 
“Kyler brings tremendous communication and outreach skills to Pearland,” said Fred Welch, PEDC executive director. “His experience in economic development will definitely be an asset to the community and the PEDC.”
 
Cole comes to PEDC after serving more than four years as the coordinator of economic development for the City of Pensacola, Florida.  In Pensacola, Cole secured $1.5 million in economic development incentives for area businesses and developed a monthly e-newsletter and economic development website for the city.  He also worked as regional economic development planner for the West Florida Regional Planning Council.
 
He earned a master of arts in managerial economics from the University of Oklahoma in 2001 and a bachelor of science in systems engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1995. He served five years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army from 1995 to 2000 and from 2005 to 2006 in Afghanistan. Cole holds several professional memberships, including the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the American Economic Association (AEA).
 
About the Pearland Economic Development Corporation
The Pearland Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) was established in 1995 to promote, assist and enhance the economic development activities and qualities of life within the city. In bringing new and existing businesses to the area, the organization attracts capital investments to add to Pearland’s tax base and helps to increase the number of better-paying jobs for residents. For more information, visit www.pearlandedc.com.




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