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Longtime BEDC CEO Virgil Moore retires; board selects Colton Buckley to take the helm

Longtime BEDC CEO Virgil Moore retires; board selects Colton Buckley to take the helm
March 12
15:22 2021

The Breckenridge Economic Development Corporation recently announced the retirement of longtime CEO and Executive Director Virgil Moore, and now a new leader is set to take the helm.

The BEDC teams up with the Breckenridge Industrial Foundation, City of Breckenridge, Stephens County and the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce to help keep current businesses in the community and to bring new companies to the area.

Moore has served as the leader of the BEDC for more than 14 years, working with existing industry and working to attract new business and industry to Breckenridge.

“Serving as the EDC Executive Director has been extremely rewarding over the past decade and a half. I have greatly enjoyed working within our community to market industry and small businesses to call Breckenridge home,” Moore said. “Now is the time to let someone else step up to the plate and carry on the work of the Breckenridge EDC.”

BEDC Board President Nic McClymond announced in a news release this week that Colton Buckley will be the new CEO/Executive Director.

“Virgil has done a great job guiding the EDC in Breckenridge through a large part of its existence, and the board appreciates his many years of dedicated service,” McClymond said “The board is very excited to bring in Colton Buckley to serve in this capacity and see where we can go. Colton’s extensive public affairs background will uniquely position the EDC for developing partnerships and business recruitment.”

Buckley will join the EDC on April 1,  after nearly a decade in the government affairs realm, including positions with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s administration, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller, and Turning Point USA, where he has served as the lead liaison to governors’ offices and state legislatures. He currently serves as the 2nd Vice President of the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (RC&D) as well as the Vice-President of the Texas Association.

Buckley holds a master’s degree in communication from Liberty University, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in public policy, and a bachelor’s in agricultural services and development from Tarleton State University.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Breckenridge EDC. The organization is poised to really develop its vision and build on current efforts to sustain and expand business and industry within our community,” Buckley said. “I am a lifelong advocate of rural Texas and am looking forward to being a part of the effort to bring the organization to the next level, making a positive difference for even more people in Breckenridge.”

More information on the Breckenridge Economic Development Corporation can be located at

Cutline, top photo: Retiring Breckenridge EDC CEO/Executive Director Virgil Moore, right, welcomes the organization’s new leader, Colton Buckley, who will start his new job on April 1. (Photo courtesy of the Breckenridge Economic Development Corporation)

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