Cedar Park’s economic development director retiring after 13 years

After 13 years leading Cedar Park’s economic development efforts, Phil Brewer will retire at week’s end.

During that time, Brewer has been credited with bringing countless companies to the city, including Dana Corp., Voltabox, BMC Millworks and Firefly Space Systems.

A 2015 report commissioned by the city found that Brewer and his team were responsible for the creation of 7,350 jobs. Impact DataSource compiled the report.

Cedar Park has also become a retail hub during Brewer’s tenure. Major developments have included 1890 Ranch, The Parke and Costco. Just days before he’s set to leave, he played a key role in landing the Presidio 2 development, which will bring an Alamo Drafthouse to the city.

The 2015 report found that the city’s economic development efforts over the past decade led to investments of $35.2 million and an overall economic impact of $24 billion.

Brewer said he first informed City Council and senior city staff of his plans to retire late last month.

“I’m extremely grateful for all of the opportunities and projects that I have had the chance to experience while working at the city,” Brewer said in a written statement. “Every one of our successes can be attributed to the great team of professionals at the city I have had the opportunity to work with over the last 13 years.”

Other major projects completed under Brewer’s watch have included Cedar Park Regional Medical Center and H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

“Phil Brewer’s fingerprints are all over this city,” City Manager Brenda Eivens said. “Without his creativity, innovative thinking and stewardship over the past 13 years, I think it’s fair to say that we would not have many of the major employment, shopping and unique dining opportunities that we have today here in Cedar Park. He will be greatly missed but his mark on our community will last for many generations. We wish him the very best in his retirement.”

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