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Leadership

Formed in 2010, KEDC is managed by eleven board members. Two representatives each from the
City of Kerrville, Kerr County and local businesses and one representative each from the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation, Convention & Visitors Bureau,
​Kerrville ISD, and Kerrville Public Utility Board.  

Staff

Our staff provides a wide variety of financial, technical and real estate services to assist
primary employers looking to start, relocate, and expand their businesses in Kerr County.

Location Assistance
Tax Information
Demographics
Traffic Count
Wage & Labor Market Information
Population
City/County Trends
Business Retention & Expansion

Meet The Team
Walt is a highly experienced international business executive.  He has extensive global experience in the development and leadership of high performance and high growth organizations in a wide variety of industrial and cultural contexts including technology, manufacturing and construction.

Walt brings 20 years of senior management experience in the public sectors and multiple International Assignments in the government sector to his role as the President and CEO of the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce.  During his time in Iraq he earned several prestigious awards including the second highest merit award in the U. S. State Department—the Superior Honor Award. 

Walt is a graduate from University of Illinois with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  He has served on the KEDC Board of Directors since January 2017.
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Gilberto is the Chief Operation Officer of the Kerr Economic Development Corporation in Kerrville, Texas, which is in Hill Country and part of the San Antonio-Austin business corridor. As the economic development executive in Kerrville, Texas, he is implementing strategies for business and corporate growth in an array of sectors which are tied to the recently launched 2050 Your Voice-Your City comprehensive plan.
 
In his prior role, he was the head of economic development for the Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico Borderplex, a binational and bicultural region of 1.2 million where he managed a prospect pipeline of $11 billion in projects and regularly met with top-level executives of Fortune 500 companies.
 
As an economic development career-professional, Gil has had the distinctive opportunity to work a project of significant impact with Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, and its founder Elon Musk, who in 2014 announced the construction of their South Texas Launch Site at Boca Chica Beach. He recently was chosen to present his story about the SpaceX project in a Ted Talk series at the IEDC 2017 Going Global Conference in Toronto.
 
In 2016, Governor Gregg Abbott appointed Gil to his Texas Aerospace & Aviation Advisory Committee.
 
He is a recipient of the DCI 40-Under-40 Rising Stars in Economic Development in the nation and in 2015 was named the Distinguished Alumnus of Leadership Brownsville and Masons Community Builder of the Year.
 
Gil is currently a board member of the International Economic Development Council and a founding board member of the Bordernomics Initiative-Mexican and Americans Thinking Together (MATT). Salinas earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Texas–Pan American.
 
In his off time, Salinas has been casted to play protagonist roles in Texas-based productions, including Robert Rodriguez’s cult classic ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ and most recently in ‘Queen of the South’ on the USA network.
  
  
Gilberto Salinas
Walt Koenig​​
KEDC COO
KEDC Executive Director 
Theresa Metcalf has been with KEDC and the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce since 2016.  Over the course of her time with both entities she has had a variety of responsibilities including data collection; maintaining technology, finance, human resource, and event coordination.  Theresa brings her experience in business development and management to her current role as Business Retention Expansion Manager for KEDC working with the Chamber Ambassador program and the KEDC COO to further develop the BRE Program.    ​​She has completed her Basic Economic Development Course as well as her Business Retention Expansion course through IEDC and recently completed Phase I of OU-EDI in pursuit of CEcD certification. In her new role at KEDC Theresa is responsible for workforce development and assisting in developing an economic development strategy to sustain and increase the competitiveness and pro-business atmosphere of the greater Kerrville area.
Theresa Metcalf
KEDC, Business Retention Expansion Manager