By the numbers, Amarillo is a well-educated community of scientists, engineers, mechanics and agriculturalists. Nearly 30% of the population holds a college degree, with another 22% who have or are currently attending college.

Advancing Education

Part of the reason for our highly educated population is the continuing investment we make to support education. A recent example would be West Texas A&M University breaking ground on a new campus in downtown Amarillo. This four-year university will further efforts to revitalize and energize downtown Amarillo, while helping provide a highly qualified workforce for area employers. We also have the local Amarillo College that specializes in preparing employees for local careers, as well as

Workforce Training

In addition to a high-caliber public and private education system, and numerous higher educational opportunities, Amarillo also has partnerships in place to enhance workforce skills.

  • Pursuing Real Opportunities – a collaboration between the Amarillo EDC, Amarillo ISD and Amarillo College to develop a more skilled local workforce in architecture, construction, finance, manufacturing, and logsitics
  • No Limits, No Excuses – to make sure all individuals can achieve postsecondary success, the Amarillo EDC partnered with several community organizations to secure a $1.4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Doug Nelson

Interim President & CEO

Brian Jennings, CEcD, EDFP

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Steve Pritchett, CEcD

Vice President, Business Development

Reagan Hales

Director, Marketing & Communications

Andy Arias

Servicing Officer, Financial Services

Chris Lyles

Office Administrator