ABILENE, Texas – After 10 years with the City of Abilene and combined public service of over 33 years, Richard Burdine, Assistant City Manager for Economic Development and CEO of the Development Corporation of Abilene, Inc. announced his retirement this week, to become effective February 28, 2014. Burdine began with the City of Abilene in September 2003.
“My time with the City of Abilene has been very rewarding, seeing the efforts of the DevelopAbilene team result in thousands of jobs and many millions in capital investment for Abilene. I’ve served seven cities and enjoyed Abilene most because of the community’s willingness to pull together to accomplish great things. For example, establishing an Abilene campus of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will benefit Abilene for the foreseeable future,” Burdine said.
City Manager Larry Gilley noted Burdine’s contributions to the City’s economic develop efforts during his time here. “Richard has been dedicated to looking to the City’s future by establishing an economic development program that creates new jobs, increases the tax base and diversifies the local economy. His successes over the past decade can be seen throughout the community.”
“Richard has been so very instrumental in the many successes that have benefitted our community during the past 10 years. His knowledge and skills in economic development will be missed,” DCOA Board President Paul Cannon said.
Burdine came to Abilene after six years with the City of Lubbock where he served as Assistant City Manager. Previously, he was Assistant City Manager for Pearland, Texas, Director of Finance for New Braunfels, Texas, City Manager for Portland, Texas, Assistant City Manager for McKinney, Texas and a Planning Consultant to the City of Harrisburg, PA.
Burdine has been certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1986, holds a master’s degree from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.