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Strayer promoted to EVP of Economic Development

Posted on: 01/01/2020   |   Category: Press Releases

Chris Strayer's headshotFORT WORTH – Chris Strayer has been promoted to executive vice president of Economic Development of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, effective January 1, 2020.

 Chris Strayer joined the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce staff February 12, 2018 as senior vice president of Business Attraction, Retention and Expansion, leading one of four pillars of the Chamber’s four-year strategic plan, Fortify. In Strayer’s new role he will manage all aspects of economic development including Talent and Small Business development.

“Chris is a tremendous contributor to the economic development efforts of the Fort Worth region,” said Brandom Gengelbach, president, “he has overseen countless expansion and relocation projects and has helped to create nearly 5,000 new jobs since he joined the organization in February of 2018.”

Strayer came to Fort Worth, Texas, from Columbus, Ohio, where he was a senior project manager for Business Development and Project Management at Columbus 2020, the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus region.                                                                                                                                                   

“I look forward to continued collaboration with top business and community leaders to promote economic development in our city,” said Strayer, “The Fort Worth region has experienced a lot of growth over the last few years and we don’t anticipate a slow down anytime soon.” 

Strayer holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University and an Economic Development Finance Professional credential from the National Development Council.  


The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, with 1,750 member businesses, is one of the largest chambers in North Texas. Through its core functions of business attraction and retention, talent development, small business and entrepreneur support, and government advocacy, the Chamber’s mission is to bring the Fort Worth region together to identify issues, solve problems and help align resources resulting in a stronger business climate and greater economic prosperity for all.

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