Senior Vice President, Economic Development
Mike Rosa is the DRC’s Senior Vice President of Economic Development, a position he has held since 2004. His team is responsible for economic development marketing and corporate recruitment to the region, and is privately funded by dedicated investments from local corporations.
Rosa leads critical relationships with regional allies, the State of Texas, the DRC’s board and executive committee, and economic development investors.
Prior to joining the DRC, Rosa was a Senior Vice President from 2002 to 2004 with the Buxton Company, a Fort Worth-based consulting firm that selects locations for prominent national retailers and helps cities with retail-oriented economic development programs.
Rosa spent 14 years with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce economic development department and was promoted to lead the team as Senior Vice President of Economic Development.
During his career, Rosa has successfully engaged numerous corporate locations and expansions to the Dallas Region, including several headquarters projects such as AT&T, Comerica Bank, Fluor, Hilti North America, Kubota Tractor Corporation, and Toyota Motor North America.
In 2015, he served as Chair of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), the 800-member statewide organization for economic developers. Rosa also provides leadership to the DFW Marketing Team, the association of economic development professionals representing Dallas-Fort Worth area cities. He was the economic development appointee to the state’s nine-member incentives oversight committee under former Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus.
Rosa holds a Master of Science in economic development and a Bachelor of Science in regional planning from the University of Southern Mississippi.