Notable Accomplishments

Accomplishment include:

Played a long-term leadership and advocacy role in the continued effort to build a multi-modal U.S. Customs facility at Witham Field. This would have been the first such multi-modal, marine and aviation facility of its kind; and offers many economic advantages to those industries, as well as being a magnet for increased tourism to the area. Dating back more than a decade, the vision for this project is due in large part to the leadership from the Economic Council-- specifically Atlantic Aviation's David Smith and Fair Wind Air Charter's Alex Beringer-- and is an example of what visionary thinking and the successful management of key relationships can lead to.

Contributed to the formulation and passage of the Economic Stimulus Package consisting of job creation incentives, impact fee mitigation and establishment of an economic development fund.

Led the creation of the Martin County Life Science Initiatives - a formal collaboration among academia, business, government and health care organizations committed to nurturing technology, education and innovation opportunities for Martin County. Provided vision for a research campus in Martin County, support for the Willoughby Research Park, participation in the BioFlorida Conference and participation in marketing our region as Florida’s Research Coast.

Advocated for various Business Incentives such as: access to alternative financing in the passage of a Community Development District overlay, Three Year Time Table Extensions for developments in progress, creation of SR 76 LLC group to provide improvements and expand traffic concurrency on SR 76.

Advocacy for the Marine Industry including: protection against the loss of waterfront industries, support of Amendment 6, Manatee Pocket Dredging, business expansions such as Hinckley Yachts, Southpoint Anchorage and Riverside Marina.

Advocated for the Aviation Industry including: passage of FAA proposal clarifying boundary definitions, safety zone compliances, facility revitalization and business expansion of Fixed Based Operators, and provided input on Airport Business Development Plan.

Campaigned for the amendment of selected county ordinances, including the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (E.A.R.) language, Article 10 revisions, and streamlining Development Review process and fees, passage of the 4% bed tax to underwrite capital improvements and funding of Arts Council, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission.

Promoted the need to televise of School Board Meetings, and Adoption of the School Facilities Planning and Siting Element within the Comprehensive Plan.

Provided grant support for various community projects such as: The Elliott Museum, Historical Society’s Cultural Heritage and Nature Tourism, IRSC’s Entrepreneurial Development Institute Lunch and Learn Series, City of Stuart’s technical assistance grant from the EPA, and the artificial reef construction grant application from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Collaborated in statewide economic development efforts -- with Jack Shreve, Senior Council to the Governor, Mary Helen Blakeslee and Dr. Dave Brill, of the Office of Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development on such projects as Economic Gardening and alternative energy programs.

Commissioned William Fruth, of POLICOM to provide a Historical, Comparative Economic Analysis Report, and present finding of the economy to the Board of County Commission and membership.

 

 

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