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Quinn headed to Frisco — Texas, that is

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Photo and Article By Terry Hagerty

News and Entertainment Writer

It was an opportunity he just couldn’t pass up, said Dave Quinn, executive director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation.

Quinn said he gave his notice on Aug. 29 that he was leaving his Bastrop post after three years to be vice-president with the city of Frisco’s Economic Development Corporation.

“They asked me to apply,” Quinn said of being approached by officials from Frisco at the end of July and then being offered the job. “It is an honor. Frisco is a well-respected community and a growing city.”

The burgeoning community of nearly 130,000 people is north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, near McKinney. It is approximately 25 minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Quinn, 39, said his last day on the job in Bastrop will be Friday, Sept. 19. He emphasized that it was the challenge of moving up to a bigger playing field – so to speak – that made him decide to jump, after he had just been recently renewed in his Bastrop EDC contract.

 “It was an opportunity career-wise that I couldn’t pass up. It’s really a leap-frog in my career path,” Quinn said.

Quinn also indirectly addressed – when asked by a reporter – whether a rather emotional BEDC Board of Directors meeting this past summer had any effect on his decision. During that meeting board member Willie DeLaRosa claimed in a noticeably loud voice that Quinn was spending too much time down the street at the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce office.

Steve Mills, chair of the BEDC Board of Directors, said shortly after DeLaRosa’s reproach that Quinn was creating good “synergy” by interacting with the Chamber.

“I’m not running from anything,” Quinn said. “No one caused me to look elsewhere (for a job). I was recruited by Frisco and they put together a really competitive package.”

Quinn said he believes he’s passing on to his executive assistant Angela Ryan, and whoever steps into his post, a solid foundation, including innovative social media efforts.

“We have definitely elevated the branding of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation and the community in general,” Quinn said of his web work and stressing the importance of social media, adding that Ryan had been of immense help.

“Angela has managed the backside of our website (bastropedc.org) and we’ve worked very closely together on the philosophy behind it all,” Quinn said. Ryan is nearing six years with the BEDC in October.

He also acknowledged that he has built a solid reputation across the state for his social media skills. “I’m known in the industry for pioneering the use of social media as an economic development tool,” he said. “I’ve been doing it a long time.”

But Quinn also has mixed feelings about leaving a community he loves. “It’s hard to leave,” Quinn said quietly near the end of an interview Friday.

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Colin and Mark from Bastrop Creative Agency made this video featuring Dave Quinn in 2013 as a promotional tool to market Bastrop for the BEDC. The video received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award.

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