The Denison Development Alliance didn’t have to look too far from home to find its next vice president of business development. William K. Myers II, who has served for the past eight years as executive director of the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp., will start with the alliance late next month.

The Denison Development Alliance didn’t have to look too far from home to find its next vice president of business development. William K. Myers II, who has served for the past eight years as executive director of the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp., will start with the alliance late next month.


As head of business development, Myers will be in charge of spearheading the city’s efforts to attract commercial interests such as hotels, restaurants and retailers. Myers will work to fill the shoes of Scott Smathers, who took a job in Kansas in September, after a decade with the organization.


Bridgeport, a fast-growing city located 35 miles northwest of Ft. Worth, has aggressively expanded its industrial and commercial footprint under Myers’ watch, including the 1,225-acre Endeavor Bridgeport project — an effort to create an industrial park interspersed with off-roading trails and other recreational amenities.


Myers’ experience with Tax Increment Reimbursement Zones was particularly attractive to DDA President Tony Kaai. The zones allow private developers to be reimbursed for infrastructure improvements through the additional taxes their construction generates. Denison has made a pair of the zones the focal points of its Preston Harbour high-end real estate development off Lake Texoma, as well as the mixed-use Gateway Village plan at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and Highway 691.


Kaai made the announcement of Myers’ hire shortly after the Alliance’s Board voted to approve the decision on Tuesday afternoon.


Myers, who will be relocating to Denison along with his wife, daughter and son, earned a finance degree from Texas Tech and completed his economic development education at both Oklahoma University and Texas A&M University. Prior to his work with the city of Bridgeport, he worked as a marketing director and real estate broker in Breckenridge, Texas.