About Winter Haven EDCThe people who make it happen
To ensure organizational success, the Winter Haven Economic Development Council Strategic Plan comprises a set of goals, strategies and key economic development initiatives organized around the following eight goal areas:
Leverage the significant talent and organizational resources of partner organizations, as well as the public and private sector.
Implement internal and external marketing activities through the Greater Winter Haven EDC.
Refine industry cluster support platforms and focus sector-specific efforts on key areas of opportunity.
Invest in downtown (re)development.
Ensure that sufficient workforce talent is available to meet the needs of existing and new businesses.
Fuel a culture of entrepreneurship within Winter Haven.
Encourage excellence in leadership in the public and private sector on issues related to economic development and growth in the City of Winter Haven.
Provide support to city leaders on city planning issues and capital improvement projects which prominently impact economic development.
Our Investors / Board of Directors
- A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.
- C & K Architects /Interiors
- Cathy “K” Realty
- Citizens Bank & Trust
- Citrus Connection
- City of Winter Haven
- City of Winter Haven (City Rep Ex-Officio)
- CNP – Clark/Nikdel/Powell
- Employer Payroll Solutions
- Envisors, a Pennoni Company
- Everett Whitehead & Son, Inc.
- Florida Labor Solutions
- Florida Polytechnic University
- Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce (Ex-Officio)
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort
- Main Street Winter Haven
- Platinum Bank
- Polk State College
- Polk County
- Protected Trust
- S & C Development Group, Inc.
- Straughn & Turner, P.A.
- Tampa Electric
- The 6/10 Corporation
- Thornhill Wealth Management
- Tom Wolf Co
- Tucker Paving
- Waller Insurance Partners, Inc.
- Wallis, Murphey, Boyington Architects, Inc.
- Wauchula State Bank
- Winter Haven Hospital
- Winter Haven Industrial Investors
PresidentBruce Lyon has 20 years of experience in economic development and comes to the WHEDC after 12 years of managing his own consulting firm where his practice focused on urban economic development, market analysis, strategic planning and business assistance. During his career, Bruce has worked in 21 states and countless cities performing economic analysis and project management services in economic development. He also has experience in shopping center development, lease negotiations, land assembly and housing. With a BBA in Finance and an MBA, Bruce brings a depth of business knowledge to Winter Haven’s economic development activities.
Julie Sands has extensive experience in corporate finance in a variety of industry and company size. She began her career in corporate financial management with a Fortune 100 company where she forced on strategic planning, treasury and large-scale lease operations (airplanes, satellites, etc.). Later, as owner/CFO of a midsized regional retailer she gained exposure to ownership responsibilities, retail operations, site selection and capital management. With a degree in Finance and experience starting two tech firms Julie has an uncanny awareness of the needs of our local businesses and economy.
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