Anna EDC director graduates leadership training

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Taylor Lough

City of Anna Assistant Economic Development Director Taylor Lough recently graduated from the Texas Women’s Leadership Institute.  She was selected from a competitive field of local government professionals from around Texas. In fact, she was one of only 20 female executives chosen to participate in the program designed to prepare and inspire women to become city managers in Texas.  

Lough participated in virtual sessions, course discussions, tours, in-person sessions (COVID-permissible), completed assigned books and was introduced to the female leaders in the Texas city management profession. The combination of leadership assessments, tours and case studies provided a well-rounded experience in learning more about the intricacies of the city management profession and creating a network of colleagues who will support each other in the future. 

Texas Women Leading Government created the Texas Women’s Leadership Institute to increase the number of women who are ready to become city managers. The program is financially supported by the Texas City Management Association and is part of a national trend of academies addressing the lack of female representation in the chief executive role in cities across Texas.  

Lough came to Anna in 2019 after working in Richardson city government for more than six years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and a master’s in public administration from the University of North Texas. She has served as the president of the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas, is a graduate of the International City Managers Association (ICMA) Emerging Leaders Development Program and of the Basic Economic Development Course from the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC). She is a current member of ICMA and Texas CMA.