About Us

The Richardson Economic Development Partnership is a joint initiative established by the City of Richardson and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce in 1984.  REDP is dedicated to building a vibrant and thriving local economy by attracting new investment and jobs, through marketing and recruitment efforts and by working with existing employers.

In January 2013, REDP was recognized as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Richardson is the first entity in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to earn this accreditation, and stands apart as the only community in Texas - and only the second nationally - to have achieved dual honors through AEDO accreditation and the five-star accreditation earned by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and 2016.


Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the REDP has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well-placed and their business is in good hands. To read more about AEDO accreditation, visit the IEDC website.

Expansion/Relocation Assistance:

There is no charge for REDP services and all information remains confidential between a client and REDP. 

REDP Services:
  • Broker and real estate referrals
    • All REDP referrals will be made to members of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce whose services match the company’s needs
    • REDP also provides introductions and referrals to landlords, architects, engineers, general contractors and other real estate-related services
  • Incentives information
    • REDP is the primary contact for companies considering a Richardson relocation or expansion
    • Upon request, REDP can provide an overview of incentive programs available locally and from the State of Texas.
    • Since all incentive requests are handled on a case-by-case basis, an REDP representative is available to discuss the possibilities and types of incentives that match a particular project
    • A request for incentives may be made by requesting and completing an REDP Incentives Application. Contact John Jacobs for more information.
  • Detailed site selection information and analysis
    • After determining the company’s real estate needs, the REDP can provide a list of all available properties which match the company’s criteria
    • REDP can provide analysis that compares candidate properties on the basis of cost, condition, visibility, access and potential for expansion
  • Workforce and wage information
    • Data on the availability, cost and quality of labor
    • Contact with HR executives for major Richardson companies
    • Referrals to Richardson Chamber members that provide employment services
    • Coordinate workforce assessment interviews with major local employers
  • Relocation assistance
    • Information on local schools, utilities, retail and restaurants, etc.
    • Community tours for relocating employees 
    • Assist spouses of new and existing in identifying local employment opportunities
  • Business introductions
    • Introductions to financing, accounting and professional service firm members of the Richardson Chamber
    • Introductions to local companies and individuals that are prospective customers, suppliers and/or strategic partners.
  • Community orientation and city tours for expanding/relocating companies 
    • Briefings on all aspects of the community
    • Community tours, focusing on centers of business, residential neighborhoods,
      and quality of life assets
  • Interface with city officials and city staff
    • Contact information for appropriate city officials and staff
    • Feedback to the city on infrastructure and service improvements that enhance the business environment 
Click here to view our 2017 Presentation to the Richardson City Council.
Click here to read our January 2012 Dallas Business Journal special section. 

Awards and Recognition

  • 2014-2015 Award of Excellence for Most Jobs Announced (less than 250,000 in population)
  • 2013-2014 Award of Excellence for Most Jobs Announced (100,001 to 250,000 pop.)
  •  2011-2012 Gold Medal - Highest Performing EDO for Communities 25,000 - 100,000 in Population

  • 2013 TEDC Economic Excellence Award
  • 2011 TEDC Workforce Excellence Award
  • 2009 TEDC Economic Excellence Award
  • 2008 TEDC Community Economic Development Award
  • 2007 TEDC Community Economic Development Award
  • 2007 TEDC Economic Excellence Award
  • 2005 TEDC Community Economic Development Award

  • 2013 Excellence in Economic Development - SILVER - Responding to Globalization
  • 2013 Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO)
  • 2009 "Richardson Retail Redevelopment Program"
    Honorable Mention in Real Estate Development & Reuse category
  • 2008 "STARTech: High-Tech Business Incubator/Accelerator" Honorable Mention in Entrepreneurship category
  • 2006 "The Telecom Corridor creating a Tech-Based-Economy" Best Technology-Based Economic Development Award

  • 2015/16 Small Cities - Best for FDI Strategy
  • 2013/14 Top 10 Micro Cities Overall
  • 2013/14 Top 10 Micro Cities - Human Resources
  • 2013/14 Top 10 Micro Cities - Infrastructure
  • 2013/14 Top 10 Micro Cities - Best FDI Strategy
  • 2013/14 Top 10 Micro Cities - Economic Potential

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