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Attracting opportunities to Richardson

The Richardson Economic Development Partnership is a joint initiative established by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and the City of Richardson in 1984.

REDP is dedicated to building a vibrant and thriving local economy, by attracting new investment and jobs, through marketing and recruitment efforts and by working with existing employers.

Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) provides the following services to companies looking to relocate or expand into Richardson:

  • Broker and real estate referrals
  • Incentives information
  • Detailed site selection information and analysis
  • Workforce, wage and other specific data about Richardson
  • Relocation assistance
  • Business introductions
  • Community orientation and city tours for expanding/relocating companies
  • Interface with city officials and city staff

The REDP website, contains a wealth of information on Richardson, including news updates, data for site selectors and commercial real estate brokers, workforce data, major employers list, tax and incentive information, community assets and amenities, real and transit-oriented development, and much more.

Visit the International page to find out how REDP can help your Richardson company expand overseas or why Richardson would be a good U.S. location for your international company.

In January 2013, REDP was recognized as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Richardson is the first economic development organization in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to earn this accreditation, and stands apart as the only community in Texas - and only the second nationally - to have achieved dual honors through AEDO accreditation and the five-star accreditation earned by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce in 2011.


  • Helped orchestrate significant relocation/expansion efforts in Richardson:
    • Real Page HQ (software firm leases 400,000 SF at Lakeside campus, 1,400 jobs)
    • State Farm Insurance  (8,000 jobs in Richardson)
    • Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems operations (2,000 jobs to Richardson)
    • Associa (the largest homeowner association management firm in the US, 600 employees, 60,000 SF leased)
    • Amerisource Bergen (250 jobs, contact center for Fortune 500 pharma company)
    • Vertex Group (250 jobs, HQ for utility company BPO)
  • Logged 33 expansions/relocations, 5,333 new or retained Richardson jobs and 1.4 million square feet of non-retail commercial space in 2014
  • Landed Alamo Drafthouse’s first DFW location 
  • Awarded the Gold Medal Award for Highest Performing Economic Development Organization for communities of its size from Atlas Advertising in 2012.

REDP Staff:

John Jacobs, Executive Vice President 972.792.2802

Mike Skelton, VP, International Business Development, 972.792.2814

Beth Kolman, Director, 972-792-2817

Luciana Arteaga-Nemtala, Manager of Marketing, 972.792.2815

Shannon Shripka, Events Manager, 972.792.2806,


Coming to the U.S. Market?

Are you considering launching your overseas-based company in the U.S.? Here's why you should consider Richardson as your U.S. business headquarters.

The state of Texas Legislature has proclaimed Richardson the “International Business Capital of North Texas.”  Known as The Telecom Corridor®, Richardson is a premier center of diverse global technology-based companies.

International Concierge Services – Choose resources based on your needs

To help non-U.S. companies establish their business in the U.S. and specifically Richardson, the Richardson Chamber of Commerce has created a unique program providing expert resources to ease critical business startup issues. Resources provided by member companies and consultants include:

  • Legal assistance (incorporation; immigration/visas; intellectual property; etc)
  • International banking (setting up accounts / letters of credit /currency exchanges)
  • Translation services
  • Logistics / transportation services
  • International business consulting
  • Import/export assistance (export licensing etc.)
  •  Public relations services
  • Specific country importation knowledge
  • Relocation services
  • Commercial and residential real estate services
  • HR/staffing
  • Marketing, sales, business development, management consulting
  • Inexpensive "soft landing" office space

We’re ready to help you enter the U.S. market quickly and easily. Let us know how we can help your business succeed!

Visit the International page to find out how REDP can help your Richardson company expand overseas or why Richardson would be a good U.S. location for your international company.

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