Laura Street will be the next member of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation Board.
The Amarillo City Council interviewed candidates and deliberated today before choosing Street from the crowd of contenders vying to take the role on the board. The council began interviewing candidates at 11am, this morning, and deliberated shortly thereafter.
The crowd of finalists came from a diverse background in the Amarillo community. Joshua Raef, owner of the Chick-Fil-A on Georgia Street, represented the restaurateur section of the city, while Paul Christy, owner of River Falls Apartments, represented the real estate side of Amarillo, and William Sumerford, a retired engineer, represented Amarillo's retirees.
Street's nomination was announced, this afternoon. The Amarillo City Council vote 4-1 to appoint Street to the board, with Councilmember Randy Burkett voting against the selection of Street for the AEDC spot.
Street will be taking the vacated position of Ginger Nelson on the board. Nelson previously served on the board, but resigned in December, to run for Mayor of Amarillo.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Street boasts a large business résumé. Street has been a consultant with Laura Street Consulting since 2007. In addition to that, Street served as executive director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center from 2011 to 2014.
Street holds a Master's Degree from West Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma.