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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 three vacancies. To apply, please complete the application posted below. Email completed applications to Michelle Drake at mdrake@hcbcc.org and Meghan DiGiacomo at mdigiacomo@hcbcc.org. Additional details are also available on the Citizen Committee tab of the county's website at hcbcc.net.

- Application (Fillable PDF)

- Application (PDF/A)

Our Team

Meghan DiGiacomo Photo

Meghan DiGiacomo
Executive Manager of Business & Economic Development

Economic Development Office
Highlands County Board
of County Commissioners

Jeff King
Economic Development Manager

Economic Development Office
Highlands County Board
of County Commissioners

Ben Dunn Photo

Benjamin A. Dunn
Development Services Director

Highlands County Board
of County Commissioners

Our Board

Janet Barber Photo

Janet Barber, Chair

Alico, Inc., Assistant Controller
Industry: Agriculture
Term 2018-2022

Ray Royce Photo

Honorable Raymond Royce, Vice Chair

Highlands Co. Citrus Growers Association, Executive Director
Lake Placid Town Council, Vice Mayor
Industry: Agriculture
Term: 2016 - 2020

Wade Taveniere Photo

Wade Taveniere, Treasurer/Secretary

Wauchula State Bank, Assistant Controller
Industry: Banking
Term: 2015 - 2019

Carol Howard Photo

Carol Howard, Immediate Past President

The Carol Group, President
Industry: Engineering
Term: 2017 - 2021

Jim Brooks Photo

The Honorable James Brooks,
Highlands County Board of
County Commissioners

Commission Liaison

Randy Surber AdventHealth Photo

Randy Surber

AdventHealth
President & CEO
Industry: Healthcare
Term: 2018 - 2020 

John Shoop Photo

The Honorable John Shoop

CenterState Bank, Market President
City of Sebring Mayor
Industry: Banking
Term: 2016 - 2020

Jason Kimbrell Photo

Jason Kimbrell

Highlands Regional Medical Center, CEO
Industry: Healthcare
Term: 2018 - 2020

John Varady Photo

John Varady

School Board of Highlands County/Heartland Educational Consortium, District Administrator
Industry: Education
Term: 2016 - 2020

Donna Doubleday photo

Donna Doubleday

CareerSource Heartland, President / Chief Executive Officer
Industry: Workforce
Term: 2017 - 2021

Paul Koukos Photo

Paul Koukos

Wheeler Farms, Chief Operations Officer
Industry: Agriculture
Term: 2016 - 2020

Dr. Thomas Leitzel Photo

Dr. Thomas Leitzel

South Florida State College, President
Industry: Education
Term: 2017 - 2021

Tim Texley Photo

Vacant

Term: 2015 -2019

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Vacant

Term: 2016 - 2020

Craig Johnson Photo

Craig Johnson

Johnson Stivender Wealth Advisors
Industry: Finance
Term: 2017 - 2021

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Jim Renfro

Highlands Aviation, CEO
Industry: Aviation
Term: 2017 - 2021


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
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economicdevelopment@hcbcc.org
(P) 863.402.6906
(F) 863.402.6651