Texas Guv Appoints Native American Indian to Economic Development Corporation Board
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has named Arun Agarwal, a Native American philanthropist and CEO of Dallas-based home textiles company NEXTT, to the board of directors of the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC).
Governor Abbott called on Agarwal, along with eight other Texas leaders, to market the state nationally and globally to relocate a business and create new jobs.
“Their efforts will be instrumental in amplifying TxEDC’s success in promoting Texas as a premier business destination,” Abbott said in a statement.
Apart from textiles, Agarwal also has business interests in the cotton trade and real estate. Additionally, he is a board member of US India Friendship Council, UT Dallas Board of Trustees, Texas Tech Innovation HUB at Research Park, Big Brothers Big Sisters International, and MD Anderson Board of Visitors .
He also volunteers for Chetna, a non-profit organization helping victims of domestic violence, and for the Living Dreams Foundation.
Agarwal holds a Masters in Business Administration from IMT – Ghaziabad, a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University and an Advanced Certificate in International Business from Harvard University.
“It’s a huge honor for the Indian-American Diaspora in the United States,” said Agarwal, who is also chairman of India’s American CEO Council and chairman of the Dallas Parks and Recreation Board.
“The Governor realizes the tremendous power our community holds in this country as the hardest-working, highest-earning ethnic minority, and together we hope to make Texas the most prosperous hub for homeowners. small and large businesses around the world,” he said.
An independently funded and operated nonprofit, TxEDC works alongside the Texas Office of Economic Development and Tourism within the Office of the Governor to market the state in the United States and abroad as a place relocation of a company and creation of new jobs.
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