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The Abilene Industrial Foundation (AIF) is the private-sector arm of the Abilene Chamber's community and economic development partnership. AIF leverages private-sector support and resources for its community partners, the City of Abilene, and the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA). Its mission is to promote the growth, development, and diversification of Abilene's regional business economy. AIF cultivates the region's economy through business expansion and retention, targeted market-sector growth, and community enhancement. 

LEAD Abilene is AIF's new five-year plan to put the organization's priorities into action. LEAD Abilene addresses our community's pressing economic development and community challenges. The plan seeks to deliver needed services to grow businesses without duplication and leveraging resources.  



Driven by the work of our volunteer leadership, over 35 Abilenians have committed themselves to the success of the private-sectors investment in the Big Country. Meet the men and women who are ensuring Abilene is poised for success.


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Former Abilene Mayor Norman Archibald

Hendrick Health

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First Financial Bankshares, Inc.



Initiative I:

Grow and Retain Existing Business 

Initiative II:

Expand Key Industry Sectors 

Initiative III:

Enhance Community Infrastructure 

What People are Saying

“The City’s partnership with AIF is bringing capital investment, expanding commercial offerings, and attracting people to downtown Abilene, making it a desirable destination for locals and visitors.”

"AIF’s plan will bring about healthy, sustainable job creation by supporting Abilene’s existing businesses and helping them grow and thrive."

"Today’s number one business issue is finding the right people for jobs. AIF’s initiatives for workforce and talent attraction will help address this need."

City of Abilene

Mayor Anthony Williams

Mike Fernandez, Texas National Bank

Yvonne Batts, Batts Communications


Want to learn more about LEAD Abi? 

Reach out to a member of our team below. We look forward to speaking with you soon!