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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 elected officials and the business community.  This partnership is designed to foster and promote a sustainable economic growth in Highlands County.

We have a commitment for growth and a determination to make your move to Highlands County easy and worry free.  Our business climate encourages the development of new business and industry, as we continue to support the success of our existing business and industry, come join the family that is Highlands County.

Our Team

Taylor Benson, Coordinator

Office of Economic Development Highlands
County Board of County Commissioners

Business Development Manager

Office of Economic Development Highlands
County Board of County Commissioners

Benjamin A. Dunn

Development Services Director, Highlands
County Board of County Commissioners

Our Board

Janet Barber, Chair

Delray Plants, Accounting Manager

The Honorable Raymond Royce, Vice Chair

Highlands County Citrus Growers Association, Executive Director
Lake Placid Town Council Vice Mayor

Wade Taveniere, Treasure/Secretary

Wauchula State Bank, Assistant Controller

Carol Howard, Immediate Past President

The Carol Group, President

The Honorable James Brookes, Highlands County Board of County Commissioners

Commission Liaison

Bruce Bergherm

Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, Chief Executive Officer

The Honorable John Shoop

Harbor Community Bank, Market President
City of Sebring Mayor

Gina Reynolds

Rural Business Development Advisors, Principal

John Varady

School Board of Highlands County/Heartland Educational Consortium, District Administrator

Donna Doubleday

CareerSource Heartland, President / Chief Executive Officer

Paul Koukos

Wheeler Farms, Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Thomas Leitzel

South Florida State College, President

Tim Texley

CenturyLink, Area Operations Manager

Tom Koppein

Community Representative, Retired Banker


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

Office of Economic Development
Highlands County Board of County Commissioners
(E) tbenson@hcbcc.org
(P) 863.402.6924
(F) 863.402.6651