Managing Director, Economic Development
Gloria Salinas leads strategic corporate targeting and marketing initiatives to recruit corporations and emerging industries to the Dallas Region. She engages with C-level executives, site location consultants, and commercial real estate professionals when corporations are considering a relocation to or expansion in the Dallas Region. She also maintains critical partnerships with regional and city economic development offices.
Prior to joining the DRC, Salinas led business development efforts in the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development. She assisted with major economic development wins including Uber Technologies, Inc.’s major office expansion into downtown Dallas; Smoothie King Franchises, Inc.’s headquarters relocation from Louisiana to Dallas’ Cypress Waters; Southern Botanical, Inc.’s headquarters expansion; PwC’s Dallas office expansion and nomination for a Texas Enterprise Zone incentive; and other major corporate and industrial projects.
Before her work in Dallas, Salinas served as Odessa’s first Director of Downtown Odessa, and Director of Marketing and Communications for the Irving – Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.
Her career began as a reporter, then editor for The Dallas Morning News, where she covered breaking news, crime, local politics, business, and feature stories.
A Dallas native, Salinas holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with minors in political science and Spanish from Southern Methodist University.