Community Economic Development Advisory Board

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Established by Ordinance No. 2014-11, adopted 02-24-2017 by the City Commission; Ordinance No. 2017-06 adopted 02-14-2017.

Advises the Commission on business and economic development and issues of importance to the North Port business community and citizens.

Membership consists of 11 Members representing the following categories:  Financial Services; Real Estate; Medical & Health Care; Development, Engineering or Planning; Higher Education/School Board Member; Homeowners' Association; Tourism; Diversified Light Industrial/Manufacturing; Public Relations; Land Use Attorney; and a North Port resident with no business or specific organizational affiliation.  A North Port City Commissioner shall serve as an ex officio member, with no voting rights.  

Preference will be given to North Port residency but not required.  However, in cases where local residents are unable or unavailable to fill a specific category, applicants who are not City residents will be considered for membership.

Meets: At least quarterly, but meetings may be held as needed.

Current Vacancies: 1 Homeowners’ Association Board Member Representative; 1 Development, Engineering or Planning Representative; 1 Land Use Attorney Representative; 1 Financial Services Representative; 1 Higher Education/Schoolboard Member Representative; 1 Public Relations Representative.

Members serve a two-year term.


Liaison: Mel Thomas, 429-7029  

07-24-20                       Joseph Hafner, Medical and Healthcare Representative, Chair
09-19-19                       Bill Diekman, Real Estate Representative, Vice-Chair
04-24-20                       Virginia Haley, Tourism Representative
09-19-19                       Richard G. Suggs, North Port Resident
                         Debbie McDowell, Alternate North Port Non-voting Ex Officio Commission Representative

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