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GSMP Vice President Mike Kamerlander Nationally Recognized, Wins 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development

Jacksonville, Fla. – Mike Kamerlander, Vice President, Greater San Marcos Partnership, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.

An independent six-member selection committee evaluated and chose the winners based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.   

“I have had the pleasure of watching Mike grow in his economic development career through wins like Amazon, Best Buy, and EPIC Piping,” said Adriana Cruz, President, Greater San Marcos Partnership. “His attention to detail and passion for projects has helped him to be successful today and this is a well-deserved recognition for him.”

Mike Kamerlander is the Vice-President of Economic Development at the Greater San Marcos Partnership and is responsible for attracting new employers to the Greater San Marcos region.

He promotes the region through extensive contacts with site selectors, recruitment marketing trips and conferences, corporate visits and inquiry responses. He also oversees the incentive process and analysis for the City of San Marcos and Hays and Caldwell County and has successfully worked on projects such as Amazon’s Fulfillment Center, Best Buy’s E-commerce Center, Epic Piping and Fashion Glass & Mirror.

Kamerlander joined the Greater San Marcos Partnership in 2012 after working at the Austin Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Business Retention and Expansion. Prior to that he worked as a policy analyst for Texas State Senator Florence Shapiro, providing research on economic development, finance, state taxes, business commerce and other matters.

He is currently finishing his second year in Leadership San Marcos. He has a bachelor’s degree in Government with emphasis on Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

DCI’s 40 Under 40 award was designed to discover the economic development profession’s rising stars. 

“The people chosen by the selection committee represent a bright future for the economic development world,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. “They are a new breed of results-driven place makers.  We’re very pleased to see Mike Kamerlander among the winners.”

“I was impressed by the energy and dedication of these developers,” said Zach Patton, Executive Editor at GOVERNING Magazine and 40 Under 40 selection committee member. “Their passion for good economic development really stood out in their smart innovations, thoughtful programs, and cool ideas.”

DCI officially announced the winners last night at an awards ceremony during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Jacksonville and will feature an in-depth profile of each on its website during 2017.

For more information on DCI’s 40 Under 40 winners, visit www.aboutdci.com/40under40.


About the Greater San Marcos Partnership

The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is the 501c6 regional economic development organization serving the city of San Marcos, and Hays and Caldwell Counties focused on positioning the region for a wider diversity of quality jobs for all with higher wages. The GSMP mission is to promote sustainable, responsible and comprehensive economic development in the greater San Marcos region by implementing a five-year economic development strategic plan. Visit greatersanmarcostx.com for more information.

About DCI

Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing.  The agency has worked for more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960. www.aboutdci.com


Media Contacts:      


Ashley Gossen

Director of Communications & Community Engagement, GSMP




Susan Brake

Vice President, DCI




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