John Jacobs

John Jacobs


John Jacobs is the Executive Vice President, Economic Development for the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and for the Richardson Economic Development Partnership, a joint city/chamber effort. John directs the day-to-day activities of marketing the city of Richardson, recruiting businesses to the city, assisting local companies with expansion needs and helping start-up companies. This is John’s 24th year with the REDP which makes him the longest serving staff member in the history of the Richardson Chamber.


Notable relocation and expansion projects John has worked on in Richardson include the corporate relocations of DXC Technology, RealPage, State Farm, Raytheon, Cisco Systems, Texas Instruments, Fossil, Blue Cross & Blue Shield and over 500 relocation and expansion projects in total. 


Prior to coming to Richardson in 1996, John served as Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Garland Chamber of Commerce, Vice President-National Accounts for the Paragon Group, a nationwide commercial real estate developer, and Assistant Vice President-Real Estate and Industrial Development for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (“Katy”) Railroad.

John Jacobs has served as Chairman of the Dallas Area Economic Development Association, the DFW Marketing Team and President of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of CoreNet Global, the professional association for corporate real estate executives.

John holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Corporate Real Estate designation from CoreNet Global.