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Hello Team GSMP: Marissa Cooney

Marissa Cooney joined team GSMP in January 2018 as our new Economic Development Coordinator. 

She began her career in the heavy civil industry as a Job Cost Analyst working on highway construction projects, starting with a section of the Grand Parkway in Houston, Texas. After working in various locations throughout east Texas and the Houston area, she eventually moved to The Woodlands to assist in establishing a new team in her company's newly formed waterworks division. 

Her goals as GSMP's Economic Development Coordinator are to gain knowledge by forming relationships with the leaders in the economic development area, to learn more about the business development area as a whole, and to add to the established successes of the GSMP team.

Originally from Buda, Marissa is a graduate of Texas State University and feels blessed about working in Greater San Marcos! In her free time, you can find her at a coffee shop reading a book, working in the youth and Sunday School Department at her church, or trying to learn spanish.

What do you like most about your job?

I like the fact that anything could happen on any given day. GSMP is definitely not a typical office. The staff here is more like a family than a group of co-workers. The work we do is so important to this area and this is what enthuses me the most. I'm so excited to be working alongside people whose main focus is to seek and promote economic development and improved quality of living in the Texas Hill Country, the area where I grew up. I loved and still love living here - I want for others to be able to love it too!

What is your biggest achevement to date - personal or professional? 

Biggest achievement to date would have to have been when, at the age of 22, I moved to a small town in east Texas, four hours away from home and not knowing hardly anyone. I had just been hired at my frist "real" job and although I wanted to give up many times, I wouldn't let myself. Making new friends and stepping out of my comfort zone was a real life milestone - something that couldn't be earned by passing an exam or graduating from a university. 

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

If I could, I would have my grandmother as my mentor. She's deceased now, but she was a strong woman who always perservered and maintained her faith even in the face of difficult circumstances. No matter what life had handed her, she didn't complain and she was always graceful and kind - a true lady.

What is your personal mantra?

I don't necessarily have a personal mantra, but I always turn to the scripture for inspiration. One of my favorite verses is in the Book of Romans:

"And we know that all thing work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose/" - Romans 8:28

What was the last book you read for fun?

I've been on a reading kick lately... I read Across Five Aprils and The Power and Glory a few weeks ago. I'm reading Don Quioxte right now but i dont know if I'll make it through!