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Winter Haven creates council to help create jobs
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Winter Haven creates council to help create jobs

Winter Haven, FL -- Winter Haven business leaders and city officials have announced the formation of an Economic Development Council.

Angeleu Economics, economic development consultants, recommended an EDC for the City of Winter Haven to help create jobs, expand the city's tax base, attract new businesses and promote the expansion of existing businesses within the Winter Haven area.

"We've identified target industries best suited for recruitment to and expansion in the Winter Haven area, such as medical services; software and information technology; and logistics and distribution facilities," Ingram Leedy, President/CEO of Elephant Outlook and Chairman of the Transition Team heading up the EDC effort said in a release. "General business and professional services would be on that list, as well as agribusiness. Those are niches we will be directing our development efforts towards."

Charter Board Members of the new EDC include representatives from the 6-10 Corporation, Collany Properties, Elephant Outlook, Envisors Engineering, The Landings, Polk State College, Tampa Electric, Tucker Construction, USF Polytechnic, and Winter Haven Hospital.

The EDC Board intends to develop a membership program, solicit additional board members, raise funds and hire a new Executive Director/CEO by the end of 2011.

"We have built tremendous momentum for the EDC with great interest and commitment from Winter Haven business leaders and city officials," Leedy said. "The creation of the Winter Haven Economic Development Council is a culmination of hard work and real visioning for our community and we expect great things from this important public/private partnership."

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