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Faces of Economic Development

The catalyst for Celina’s unprecedented growth.
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Left to Right: Lalaina Alvarez, Business Retention & Expansion Specialist; Alexis Jackson, Executive Director; Melissa Thomas, Marketing Manager Matthew Shaw

Home to a diversified economy and constant growth is Celina, Texas, backed by the Celina EDC. Ensuring the city’s new and most notable establishments continue to thrive, the EDC supports businesses by connecting owners to resources available from the local community. For the EDC, success begins with a commitment to consistent relationship-building with retailers, commercial brokers, and landowners. 

“We work as a team to focus on building relationships within and outside our community to attract, recruit, and retain businesses in Celina,” says Alexis Jackson, executive director of the Celina EDC. “Each of us takes tremendous pride in providing multifaceted, concierge-style resources for our business community. It’s really all about connecting businesses to the community and being creative with new growth opportunities.”

With the recent announcement of the Methodist Celina Medical Center, the city braces for continued rapid growth. The medical center is a $200 million facility across 46.7 acres of land standing five stories tall. The facility will include 30 surgical, 10 post-partum, eight intensive care, and 12 emergency room beds, with an office building built alongside it. This project is set to complete by 2025, bringing 200 jobs with it.

But the growth didn’t start there. In 2021, 22 new businesses brought 165 new jobs to Celina, yielding $33 million in new capital.  Their arrival also produced 173,000 square feet of new and renovated untapped space. Businesses already jumping to open in 2022 include Starbucks, Mangiamo Italian Market, Honeysuckle Rose Boutique, and more. Several major retailers are in talks with the EDC as the organization works to attract more quick-service restaurants and retailers to meet the vast number of growing families in the community.   

 “People describe Celina as a ‘family,’ and families help each other,” Jackson says. “That’s what businesses who come here see from the EDC—they see a business ‘family’ that will partner in any way possible so they can achieve success. We have seen unprecedented growth by attracting and growing a business base that reflects the heart of this community.”

Celina EDC
302 West Walnut Street, Celina, Texas 75009

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