FARMERS BRANCH ~ With confidence in her leadership as well as her proven aptitude for business development, expansion and retention, Farmers Branch City Manager Charles S. Cox has promoted Allison Cook to the post of Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Farmers Branch.
Ms. Cook has been with the City of Farmers Branch since 2011 when she started the first City program that focused on business retention. She was later promoted to Economic Development Manager. With previous Director John Land’s appointment as Deputy City Manager, Allison was elevated to Director of Economic Development and Tourism earlier this week.
The department’s focus on revitalization, retention, redevelopment and recruitment has landed the Farmers Branch Economic Development team on the Dallas Business Journal’s list of Top 10 Economic Development Agencies for the past four consecutive years.
With a background in commercial real estate, Ms. Cook previously worked for real estate analytics company, Catalyst Commercial. She was also the leasing manager for another commercial real estate company, focusing on retail development in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Under her direction, the Farmers Branch Economic Development & Tourism Department will continue work on recruitment for large businesses, work with the Planning Department on development projects, meet with area businesses each year for retention efforts and purchasing and selling both commercial and residential real estate for the City, spurring revitalization of business districts and neighborhoods.
Deputy City Manager John Land praised Ms. Cook’s know-how as just what the City needs to continue its robust economic expansion.
“With Allison Cook at the helm, the Farmers Branch Economic Development effort will not miss a beat,” he said. “This seamless transition will ensure her talent and expertise are put to good use to keep the Farmers Branch engine moving forward.”
Ms. Cook holds her Texas real estate license and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She is active in various non-profit causes in the Metroplex and at SMU football games.
The mother of three boys, Ms. Cook lists the following items as checked off her bucket list - sky diving, scuba diving in foreign countries, living in remote beach community, meeting Glenn Frey, Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks, and becoming Economic Development Director for the City of Farmers Branch.