The town of Flower Mound announced July 9 that it has hired a new economic development director.

Ray Watson will start as the town's new director Aug. 23, according to a news release. He is currently a partner with Dallas-based US Consults, a national consulting firm that specializes in site selection and government relations, according to the release.

“Ray’s broad economic development experience and work with the public sector will be an asset for us and for the Flower Mound community,” said Debra Wallace, interim town manager and chief financial officer, in the release. “He has negotiated landmark economic development deals for local governments in Texas, and with his extensive knowledge and passion for community, we know he’ll steward our economic development activities in a way that meets Flower Mound’s vision and values.”

Watson also previously served as executive director of economic development corporations in the cities of Kerrville and Windcrest in Texas as well as in Ruston and Ouachita, both in Louisiana, the release stated.

Watson replaces Andrea Roy, who announced in November 2020 that she was leaving the town of Flower Mound to work for the city of Bedford.

Watson is a certified economic developer through the International Economic Development Council.

"I look forward to working with the business community, local developers, brokers, and residents on development projects that complement the town’s existing businesses and continue distinguishing this community as a preferred place to live and work,” Watson said in the release.