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Board & Team

Highlands County Industrial Development Authority /
Economic Development Commission

The Highlands County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) / Economic Development Commission (EDC) represents a public/private partnership between the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the BOCC's Economic Development Office, and the business community.  This partnership is designed to foster and promote sustainable economic growth in Highlands County.

We have a commitment for growth and a determination to make your move to or expansion in Highlands County easy and worry free.  The board's mission is to, "Enhance the quality of life in Highlands County by attracting a diversity of new businesses, increase industrial investment, and facilitate the retention and expansion of existing business and industry."

IDA Board Vacancies

The Industrial Development Authority currently has one vacancy. To apply, please complete the Application for Committee Appointments (PDF). Email completed applications to Michelle Drake at mdrake@hcbcc.org and Taylor Benson at tbenson@hcbcc.org.  Applications will be considered after the required two-month notification period, which ends January 26, 2019.
Additional details are also available on the Citizen Committee tab of the county's website at hcbcc.net.

Our Team

Taylor Benson
Economic Development Manager

Economic Development Office
Highlands County Board
of County Commissioners

Meghan DiGiacomo
Business Development Manager

Economic Development Office
Highlands County Board
of County Commissioners

Benjamin A. Dunn
Development Services Director

Highlands County Board
of County Commissioners

Our Board

Janet Barber, Chair

Alico, Inc., Assistant Controller

The Honorable Raymond Royce, Vice Chair

Highlands Co. Citrus Growers Association, Executive Director
Lake Placid Town Council, Vice Mayor

Wade Taveniere, Treasurer/Secretary

Wauchula State Bank, Assistant Controller

Carol Howard, Immediate Past President

The Carol Group, President

The Honorable James Brooks,
Highlands County Board of
County Commissioners

Commission Liaison

Randy Surber Florida Hospital

Randy Surber

Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center
President & CEO

The Honorable John Shoop

CenterState Bank, Market President
City of Sebring Mayor

Jason Kimbrell

Highlands Regional Medical Center, CEO

John Varady

School Board of Highlands County/Heartland Educational Consortium, District Administrator

Donna Doubleday

CareerSource Heartland, President / Chief Executive Officer

Paul Koukos

Wheeler Farms, Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Thomas Leitzel

South Florida State College, President

Tim Texley

CenturyLink, Area Operations Manager

Vacant

 

Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson

Johnson Stivender Wealth Advisors

Jim Renfro

Highlands Aviation, CEO


OUR MISSION

Enhance the quality of life in Highlands County by attracting a diversity of new businesses; increasing industrial investment while facilitating the retention and successful expansion of existing business and industry.

Keep In Touch

Economic Development
Highlands County Board of County Commissioners
(E) economicdevelopment@hcbcc.org
(P) 863.402.6924
(F) 863.402.6651