Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership

Jessica Heer Joins Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership as Executive Vice President

FORT WORTH, TX – The Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership (FWEDP) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Heer as Executive Vice President, effective August 28. A seasoned veteran in the economic development space, Heer will be joining FWEDP from her current role as Senior Vice President for Regional Marketing at the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC).

Robert Allen, CEO of the Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership, said: “Jessica’s hire marks a significant step in our commitment to driving Fort Worth’s growth. As a product of a relocation to the Metroplex herself, she has a personal connection to the area that amplifies her profound understanding of the DFW landscape. We are assembling a team of the best and the brightest to accelerate the growth of Fort Worth, and Jessica’s innovative thinking, experience in managing high-performing teams, and specialism in talent attraction align perfectly with our goals. “

Jessica’s experience spans more than 18 years at the DRC, where she led successful initiatives in economic development, marketing, communication, and talent attraction. Her efforts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have made her an invaluable asset in connecting businesses, real estate, state, and local authorities to foster growth and development.

Dale Petroskey, CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber, expressed his support: “Jessica has played a significant role in the DRC’s success over the years and we are deeply grateful for her contributions. While we hate to lose her, we are excited for Jessica and wish her the very best in her new role and look forward to continuing to partner with Fort Worth to drive economic growth and prosperity in North Texas.”

Heer will work closely with Sara Thurber, Vice President of the FWEDP, building on her substantial experience and insights to create groundbreaking strategies that position Fort Worth at the forefront of economic progress.


The Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership is a privately funded non-profit whose mission is to develop economic opportunities through business development and attraction for Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. The FWEDP brings together business and civic-minded leaders committed to accelerating responsible growth for our city.

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