Lubbock Economic Development Alliance
Chief Executive Officer
John Osborne is the President and CEO of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and Market Lubbock, two private, non-profit organizations with the common goal of increasing the economic opportunities in Lubbock. John is responsible for all operations including business retention, business recruitment, workforce development, and foreign-trade zone activities as well as the activities of Lubbock’s convention & visitor’s bureau, Visit Lubbock, and Lubbock Sports.
John has held economic development positions in communities of various sizes in three states, including most recently San Antonio. Over the past ten years, John has worked with more than 100 companies to add more than $986 million in capital improvements and create more than 15,400 new jobs. The past four years, the organization has hosted an estimated 1.5 million visitors for more than 1,600 conventions or events, representing 510,000 total room nights. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Texas Economic Development Council, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Travel Industry Association, the High Ground of Texas, and Workforce Solutions South Plains, and on the Steering Committee of Imagine Lubbock Together, a community-wide strategic planning effort.
A native of Dallas, Texas, John received a B.S. in Agriculture Business and an M.B.A. from West Texas A&M University and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the WTAMU Alumni Association. He is a Certified Main Street Director from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has conducted numerous state and local workshops on business development and downtown revitalization, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute in 2004.
John and his family have called Lubbock their home since mid-2010.