Farmington economic development director receives national award

Warren Unsicker named to elite list of 40 winners

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Warren Unsicker, economic development director for the city of Farmington, has earned national recognition for his work in the field.

FARMINGTON —Farmington economic development director Warren Unsicker has been named one of the top young economic developers in the country by a pair of national companies.

The 40 Under 40 award is presented by New York-based economic development marketing firm Development Counselors International and Jorgenson Consulting, a national firm that provides executive recruiting services for economic and community development industries.

“Economic development is such a rewarding and exciting career path, and one that needs more young people with a passion for their communities and a desire to create prosperity for their neighbors,” Unsicker said in an email to The Daily Times.

He was selected from a group of more than 170 candidates by an independent, five-member committee, according to a press release.

Unsicker moved to the Farmington area about two years ago after accepting a job as the executive director of Four Corners Economic Development. The city of Farmington hired him in October when it created its own economic development department. He started his job at the city in November.

“He has a passion for the outdoors, which is one of the industries we are trying to develop through our Outdoor Recreation Industry Initiative. Warren sees the potential in all our region has to offer,” Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes said in a press release announcing Unsicker’s award.

Unsicker came to Farmington from the Tulsa area, where he helped revitalize downtown Broken Arrow into an arts and entertainment district. He also worked to attract a conference center and a hotel to that suburban community.

“The 40 Under 40 Award is designed to identify the economic development profession’s rising stars,” Julie Curtin, president of DCI’s economic development practice, said in a press release. “These young economic development professionals represent the future of our industry.”

 Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at