Our Team

David Blackburn
President

David was born in in 1957 in Abilene, Texas to Donald and Shirley Blackburn.  David’s father was a career military man (US Air Force).  David’s father died while on active duty in 1973.  His mother, Shirley, lives in Abilene and is still a practicing registered nurse. 

David has lived in multiple places over the course of his life, including Canada, the Philippines, North Africa, and several cities across the US.  For the past 22 years, David has lived in Central Texas. 

David is married to Anne Blackburn, who is a registered nurse.  Anne is currently a school nurse for the Temple Independent School District.  David has four daughters, all grown and living in places from Texas to New York to China.

David graduated from Abilene Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas.  David then attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and received a Bachelor of Arts from Hardin-Simmons, with a double major in History and Political Science.  David then attended the American University in Washington, D.C., studying International Affairs.  David then attended St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas where he received his Juris Doctorate. 

David retired from the City of Temple in August, 2014.  David had served the City of Temple as City Manager since April, 2005.  As City Manager, David was the chief executive officer for the City of Temple.  The City of Temple is a full service, home-rule city with approximately 1,000 employees.  Prior to his service with the City of Temple, David was City Manager for the City of Killeen.  David also served as Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager and City Attorney for the City of Killeen. 

Prior to his service in Killeen, David served as City Attorney for the cities of Texarkana, Texas and Plainview, Texas.  All totaled, David’s career in local government service spans almost 30 years.

David has served on multiple boards and commissions over the years.  Locally, he has served on the Temple Economic Development Board of Directors, as well as being an ex-officio member of the Temple Chamber of Commerce.  David’s regional board and commission service includes serving on the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization (a regional transportation planning body), the Brazos G Water Planning Group (a regional water planning body), and the Brazos River & Bay Basin Area Stakeholder Committee ( a regional water planning group).

 David has also been a member of various professional organizations, to include the International City/County Managers Association, the Texas City Managers Association, the Texas City Attorney’s Association, and the Association of the United States Army. 

Charley Ayres
Vice President

Charley Ayres joined the Temple staff in January of 2011 after more than 8 years with the Round Rock, Texas Economic Development Partnership as Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion and 16 years in the marketing profession. He serves as the Vice President of the Temple Economic Development Corporation. He is responsible for the efforts in business expansion and recruitment, and oversees the overall program of Temple's Economic Development.

Charley's experience includes sitting on the Board of Williamson County's Municipal Utility District #10, Round Rock Partners in Education, Foreign Trade Zone of Central Texas, (FTZ 183), he was invited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to serve as a participant in the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Centroplex P-20 Regional Council and Board of Directors for the Texas Economic Development Council.

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Ayres is a graduate of McCallum High School. He received his MBA Business Management Certification from Tulane University, in 2006 completed Basic Economic Development Certification at The University of Southern Mississippi, and in 2008 he completed his IOM Certification (Institute of Organizational Management) at the University of Georgia, has completed professional development with the International Economic Development Council and most recently he was awarded a certification with Economic Modeling Specialists International in the use of labor market data.

He aspires to be the kind of man his dog thinks he is. 

Elizabeth Carlton
Director of Marketing

 Elizabeth Carlton is responsible for overseeing all external marketing and public relations activities as well as trade show coordination and special events for Temple Economic Development Corporation

Before joining Temple EDC in 2011, Elizabeth served as Business Retention Specialist with Pflugerville Community Development Corporation. She has also served as the Office Manager for Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01) in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Elizabeth moved to Texas to serve as Marketing and Research Coordinator in the Economic Development Department for the City of North Richland Hills. She began her career in economic development in 2004 when she joined the Madisonville/Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation as Project Manager where she oversaw the business retention program and assisted in the recruitment of new and expanding industries. A native of Madisonville, KY, Elizabeth graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.

She has completed the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development Basic Course, and graduated from The University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. She has been active in the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, Texas Economic Development Council and the International Economic Development Council.

J'Nan Cox
Director of Business Retention & Expansion

 J’Nan joined the Temple EDC team in February of 2014 as the Director of Business Retention and Expansion. J’Nan oversees the Existing Industry Program, Workforce/Education Development, and Small Business Development. She is responsible for Temple EDC's business and industry outreach, working to help build and strengthen Temple's workforce/education initiatives, as well as, serves the needs of the small buisness owners by providing a forum to address entrepreneurial issues. J'Nan also manages economic research and analysis for projects and proposal submissions. 

 Before joining TEDC, J’Nan was the Program Coordinator for The Entrepreneur Center of Central Texas, and worked to develop curriculum and training for start-up businesses. She started her career as a high school English teacher, while also working for two different nationwide test development companies, Pearson.com, scoring standardized tests for high school students and ETS.org, scoring the Praxis Series of tests, taken by individuals entering the teaching profession.
 
She received Bachelor's degree in English and her Master's Degree in Education with a focus on curriculum development from Texas A&M University.

Director of Operations


Jennifer joined Temple EDC in June of 2014 as the Director of Operations.  She is responsible for overseeing the operational duties of Temple EDC and in cooperation with the Executive staff directing all administrative and financial aspects for Temple EDC.

Before joining Temple EDC in 2014, Jennifer was with an International Bank, BBVA Compass, for 12 years.  At BBVA Compass she served as the Assistant Branch Manager leading her team in operations and sales. Jennifer also served as a Central Texas Hub Leader for BBVA Compass, leading and mentoring 5 other local branches. Born and raised in Central Texas, Jennifer is a graduate of Academy High School.  She is currently attending Temple College and the University of Mary Harding Baylor where she is finishing her Bachelor’s Degree.

 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 

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