Ben White joined the City of Cedar Park as Director of Economic Development in October 2018. As Director of Economic Development, he is responsible for leading the City of Cedar Park’s Economic Development program based on the City Council vision and goals for creating job growth and attracting and retaining businesses in Cedar Park.
White has over 20 years of experience in the field of economic development. He has served as the President of the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership and President of the Central Texas Foreign Trade Zone. He was named by Consultant Connect among its Top 50 Economic Developers in North America for 2017. Prior to joining the City of Cedar Park, White served as Vice President of Economic Development for the Round Rock Chamber for nearly eight years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas.
White sees Cedar Park as the next job center for the region because of its demographics and location – lending themselves well to corporate headquarters, the high tech industry and advance manufacturers. White has a proactive approach and high level of enthusiasm when it comes to recruiting businesses to come to Cedar Park.
Assistant Director of Economic Development
Scott Smith Scott.Smith@cedarparktexas.gov
Scott Smith was hired as the City of Cedar Park’s Assistant Director of Economic Development in March 2023. Scott has worked for the Texas government, as a site selection consultant and most recently for the Texas Association of Business (TAB). At TAB, Scott worked to develop sound business policy in a variety of sectors most impactful to the state’s continued economic growth, such as Advanced Manufacturing, HQ, Digital Technology, Energy and Life Sciences.
Mr. Smith brings successful deal making experience on behalf of the State of Texas in addition to representation of Fortune 500 clients as a sought-after incentive’s consultant. As Governor Rick Perry’s chief analyst for Texas Enterprise Fund, Scott closed corporate expansion projects and helped set policy for the state’s record setting economic growth. In this position, Mr. Smith led a team of analysts, project managers, and marketing professionals to meet success-oriented job creation measures set by the Texas Legislature.
When not at work, Scott spends time on philanthropic activities benefiting the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, a national non-profit dedicated to the pursuit of scientific research leading to treatments and a cure for Friedreich’s ataxia. Scott, his wife Susan and daughters Grace and Stella are all quite proud of their Golden Doodle, Benji.