Business Retention and Expansion Task Force

The Business Retention and Expansion Task Force, formed in 2016, is a group of Mesquite’s core stakeholder organizations – Mesquite Economic Development (part of the City of Mesquite); Mesquite Independent School District (MISD), specifically Career and Technical EducationDallas College, specifically Eastfield CampusWorkforce Solutions Greater Dallas and the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce.  

Keeping the focus on our shared goals and working hand-in-hand, our partnership delivers platforms and programs for all areas of industry.  We work to empower the people that drive the Mesquite economy – whether it be the share-holder, the worker, or the solo entrepreneur.  


Partnership services include:

  • City of Mesquite - Real estate/location information, development partnership opportunities, development process liaison, promotional opportunities, and referrals.  
  • Dallas College - Customized training, student workers, career building, employee and business development, access to funding and facilities.  
  • Mesquite Chamber of Commerce - Business to business networking, referrals, community history and knowledge, promotional opportunities.  
  • Mesquite Independent School District - Young skilled workers, workforce pipeline, training, and internship partnership opportunities.
  • Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas - Active job seekers, workforce assessment, business consulting, skills training, job fairs, access to funding.

BRE Task Force Members

Lexie Woodward, Manager of Economic Development, City of Mesquite

Ben Magill, Associate Vice Chancellor, Economic Opportunity District Office, Dallas College

Janet Foreman, Business Development Coordinator, Ascend Institute, Dallas College

Steven Bridges, Industry Communications Manager, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

Mike Gibson, Board Chairman, Mesquite Chamber of Commerce

Sheldon Stoker, Marketing Facilitator, Career & Technical Education, Mesquite Independent School District

Clint Elsasser, Dean of Schools, Vanguard High School, Mesquite Independent School District

BRE Task Force Committee Members

Kim Buttram, Director of Economic Development, City of Mesquite

Beverly Abell, Downtown Development Manager, City of Mesquite

Jessica McClellan, Manager of Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Mesquite

Barbara Bailey, Membership Sales Manager, Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board

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