Our Mission

To facilitate the expansion and diversification of the County’s economic base with targeted businesses that provide sustainable employment opportunities for its residents.


Focusing on recruiting new companies and expanding our existing business community, the Flagler County DEO professional team is trained to assist company executives and site consultants in every aspect of the site selection process.

  • Helga van Eckert

    Executive Director

    Helga van Eckert

    Executive Director

    Helga van Eckert has over 15 years experience in driving public/private partnerships that promote the growth of new business while ensuring the retention and expansion of existing businesses, all while providing for an enhanced quality of life. Relocating from New Jersey, where she served as the Executive Director of a northern New Jersey city Department of Economic and Community Development, Redevelopment, Urban Enterprise Zone and Business Improvement District, Ms. Van Eckert has a reputation of being a strong leader, team builder and innovative problem-solver. In New Jersey she leaves behind a legacy of having negotiated and managed multiple developer/redeveloper agreements that have resulted in approximately 1.5 million square feet of industrial/warehouse space, over 1,000 new jobs and millions in municipal tax revenues. Helga has been charged with repositioning Flagler County to compete nationally in business recruitment and economic development.

  • Katrina Austin

    Project Manager

    Katrina Austin

    Project Manager

    Katrina Austin has more than 25 years of project management and team leading experience. Previously a Florida Real Estate Professional, she has extensive skills in contract negotiation and customer service. Prior to joining Flagler County’s Economic Development Team, Ms. Austin played a key role with Flagler County’s largest department, General Services. There she authored presentations for meetings with public & private sector entities, not-for-profit associations and the general public on a wide range of topics. In her role at the General Services Department, she was successful at securing approximately $150,000 in grants, creating a County brand for parks and transportation and managing a database of recreation facilities scheduling solution servicing approximately 1,2000 customers dynamically. Prior to coming to Flagler County she was the co-owner of a website development company, was employed in local government in Developmental Services, and has a background in graphic design and marketing. Her volunteer activities include the Florida Hospital Flagler Pink Army to raise breast cancer awareness and the Flagler County Schools Foundation. Ms. Austin served in the U.S. Army.

  • Lili Tuggle-Weir

    Marketing Specialist

    Lili Tuggle-Weir

    Marketing Specialist

    Lili Tuggle-Weir has a BFA in photography/digital imaging from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MA in Graphic & Environmental Design Edinburgh Napier University. She has ten-plus years of experience in small business, government and high end gallery settings and has worked freelance as a photographer, graphic designer, web designer and illustrator for over twelve years. Lili moved to Florida from Maryland in 2008; she, her daughter Nico and her husband Andrew now reside in Flagler Beach.

  • Daniel Pendergrass

    Economic Specialist

    Daniel Pendergrass

    Economic Specialist


The Economic Opportunity Advisory Council consists of nine members appointed by the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners based on his/her targeted industry expertise.

  • Donald O’Brien


    Donald O’Brien


    Flagler County Commissioner Donald O’Brien was appointed Chair to the Economic Opportunity Advisory Council in 2017. Donald is chairman of the Flagler County Commission as well as a Rotarian and a member of several community and business organizations. He is a board member and past two-time Chairman of the Board of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation Board and chairs the 20/20 Society fundraising campaign, and serves on the board and the finance committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties.

  • Greg Federline


    Greg Federline


    Greg Federline is an experienced technology professional with undergraduate and graduate education in electrical engineering, computer science and finance. He also has vice president level experience in both small and large companies, including Hughes Network Systems, L-3 and Litton. He has also been successful in building and merging organizations as well as identifying new market niches and launching new products. Experience gained as a certified Florida Energy Rater and a manager of the Florida 2010 Census provide a basis for his understanding of the diverse development strategies needed for sustainable growth in Flagler County. His participation on the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the largest technology council in the nation, provided experience at the regional and national level. Mr. Federline currently resides in Ocean Hammock.

  • Barbara Revels

    Advisory Council Member

    Barbara Revels

    Advisory Council Member

    Barbara Revels is a native of Flagler County and started out in business in Flagler Beach some 30 years ago. Today she is the president and owner of Coquina Real Estate and Construction, Inc. Commissioner Revels was the first woman to preside over the statewide Florida Home Builders Association. She served on Governor Jeb Bush’s Affordable Housing Study Commission, Growth Management Fiscal Impact Advisory Work Group and the Residential Construction Mitigation Advisory Group. In 1981, she was Flagler County Realtor of the Year. In 1996, she was president of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, she was recognized as Florida’s “Builder of the Year” by the Florida Home Builders Association. She served on the Flagler County Commission from 2008-2017 and was a previous chair of the Flagler County EDC council.

  • Dr. Ron Jimenez

    Advisory Council Member

    Dr. Ron Jimenez

    Advisory Council Member

    Dr. Jimenez was named CEO of Florida Hospital Flagler in April 2016.

    Before taking the position in Flagler County he served as chief medical officer for Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, a role he has held since 2009. As CMO, Jimenez established a clinically integrated network, was responsible for quality and patient safety, and oversaw performance improvement, utilization review and medical staff departments.

    Prior to joining Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Jimenez was the vice president of medical affairs for what was then called Park Ridge Hospital and the Appalachian Region of Adventist Health System from 2006-2009, director of medical affairs from 2005-2006, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology from 2001-2004. From 1993-2001, Jimenez was a staff physician at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida.

  • James Ulsamer

    Advisory Council Member

    James Ulsamer

    Advisory Council Member

    James Ulsamer is retired from Baker & Taylor, a Charlotte, N.C. distributor of books, media and database information products. He served on the Flagler County Economic Development Summit and is currently Chairman of the Flagler County Library Board of Trustees. Mr. Ulsamer has a B.A. degree in Economics from Rutgers University and resides in Ocean Hammock.

  • Joseph Marotti

    Advisory Council Member

    Joseph Marotti

    Advisory Council Member

    Joseph Marotti is a retired executive from the Newell Rubbermaid Company. Mr. Marotti held several executive positions within the companies of Newell Rubbermaid; his last position being Group Vice President for Human Resources for the Rubbermaid Companies worldwide. He was responsible for hiring, healthcare, union contracts, meeting with local, state and federal representatives, developing strategies for best in class, and negotiations and arbitrations with local unions. Mr. Marotti has broad based management skills both internationally and domestic. He currently resides in Palm Coast.

  • Graylon Perkins

    Advisory Council Member

    Graylon Perkins

    Advisory Council Member

    Graylon Perkins is from rural West Tennessee and lives in the area with his wife and two daughters. While in Tennessee, he served on many boards, serving various organizations. He has been in the insurance business for 10 years working in the commercial insurance sector with a focus on agriculture. This experience has provided him with the knowledge and understanding of what is important to business owners and the farming community alike.

  • Mike Gill

    Advisory Council Member

    Mike Gill

    Advisory Council Member

    Mr. Gill served 13 years on the city council in Leawood, a small suburb of Kansas City, where he helped foster a mixed-use development that has produced to date some 3,000 well-paying jobs. He was also instrumental in turning around the town’s bankrupt mall, personally traveling to Cincinnati to successfully woo Macy’s to Leawood and revive the mall. Mr. Gill is currently a senior executive with Accenture, the Fortune 500 management and consulting firm. He lives in Palm Coast but still works in Overland Park, Kansas.

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    Please contact us for information about upcoming events.
    The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meets the third Tuesday of every month at 9:00 A.M. in Council Chambers on the first floor of the Government Services building located at 1769 E. Moody Blvd. Bldg. #2, Bunnell, FL 32110. Meetings are followed by a brief workshop.



Partnerships with our local governments and municipalities are the backbone of Flagler Department of Economic Opportunity. Through local partnerships, we create a network of resources to assist businesses in all their needs.

  • Roy Sieger

    Flagler County Executive Airport

    Roy Sieger

    Flagler County Executive Airport

    The Flagler County Executive Airport is a county-owned, public use, general aviation airport, located along the Eastern Seaboard, just minutes off of Interstate 95. With two 5,000 foot paved runways, two heliports, and one 3,000 foot water runway,  the airport  accommodates every type of general aviation aircraft, from the largest corporate jets to single-engine aircraft, rotorcraft, seaplanes, and airships, as well as military aircraft.

    The Flagler County Executive Airport fulfills a vital role for business activity and flight training as well as for recreational and sport aviation activities. Combines with an ever-increasing number of corporate, executive turbo-prop and jet traffic operations form vacationers, developers and business travelers in general.

    With a temperate climate, there are less than two weeks per year that one would not be able to fly in Flagler County. In fact, Flagler County Executive Airport was ranked #2 by the FAA for take offs and landings in the state of Florida.




  • Cathy Chambers


    Cathy Chambers


    Cathy is senior vice president of strategy and business development, focused on growing the financial services industry. She has helped recruit more than 10,000 jobs to Jacksonville, including projects with Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Adecco, Advent Software, Fidelity National Financial and Web.com. Cathy also oversees JAXUSA Partnership’s marketing and research initiatives and coordinates partner activities for the seven-county Northeast Florida region. She has 20 years of experience working for Chambers of Commerce, regional economic development organizations and city government in both Jacksonville and Cincinnati.

    A 2010 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, Cathy was named to Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list at age 35 and she was also recognized by DCI as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development in 2013.  She serves on the boards of the Florida Economic Development Council, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Visit Jacksonville. Cathy loves to travel, go to the beach, read and spend time with her two boys.

    JAXUSA Partnership, a private, nonprofit division of the JAX Chamber, is Northeast Florida’s regional economic development initiative supporting seven regional county partners to include Flagler Countty JAXUSA’s mission is to be a catalyst for economic growth and maximize the region’s unique resources to aggressively recruit jobs and capital investment. Using strategic research and targeted marketing, JAXUSA focuses on recruiting new companies and expanding our existing business community, offering a variety of services for businesses that are considering corporate relocation or expansion in Northeast Florida.  The professional economic development team is trained to assist you, company executives and site consultants, in all aspects of the site selection process.

    Learn more at http://jaxusa.org

  • Larry Newsom

    City of Flagler Beach

    Larry Newsom

    City of Flagler Beach

    Larry Newsom is the city manager of Flagler Beach.

    Flagler Beach offers miles of pristine unobstructed beaches, bountiful fishing, beachside shops, restaurants and natural parks.  This cozy pet-friendly laid-back beachside community is reminiscent of a 70’s retro surf village.  Enjoy eclectic shops, surfing, a classic fishing pier and a six-mile-plus stretch of spectacular ocean views – with free access to the beach. Gaze at the ocean from rooftop cafes while listening to the music of local musicians.

    Ranked the #3 most affordable beach vacation in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, visitors are always surprised to find the beaches not crowded.

    City of Flagler Beach
    P.O. Box 70
    Flagler Beach, FL 32136

  • Beau Falgout

    City of Palm Coast

    Beau Falgout

    City of Palm Coast

    The largest city in Flagler County, Palm Coast makes up 2/3 of the total population. Developed by ITT Community Development Corporation (Levitt) in 1969, the original development plan encompasses 48,000 home sites on approximately 42,000 acres of the total area of 68,000 acres. Paved street and central water and sewer serve all lots developed. An extensive water management system exists to replenish the area’s water table, which includes 46 miles (74 km) of freshwater canals and 23 miles (37 km) of saltwater canals. The city offers maintains a dark fiber network FiberNet connecting directly to Allied Fiber.

    Beau Falgout, City Administration Coordinator

    Mr. Falgout leads the City’s economic development efforts along with other complex projects at the direction of the City Manager. He helped draft the City’s strategic economic development, entitled “Prosperity 2021,” which focuses on maintaining quality neighborhoods, helping existing businesses grow, and attracting investment from visitors and businesses. As the point person for economic development, Beau is a valuable partner of the Flagler County Economic Opportunity Department and assists both existing and new businesses to invest in Palm Coast and create employment opportunities.

  • Crystal Stiles

    Florida Power and Light

    Crystal Stiles

    Florida Power and Light

    Crystal Stiles is the manager of economic development for FPL. She joined FPL as the economic development project manager in 2012 after serving as the co-executive director for the Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC).

    Since joining FPL, Crystal has had great success in accelerating the visibility of the company’s economic development program both within Florida and nationwide. The program has been recognized for three consecutive years on Site Selection Magazine’s list of Top Ten Utilities in Economic Development (2013 – 2015). To date, the FPL economic development team worked with 64 companies pledging to create over 12,500 new jobs for Floridians, representing over 34MW of new demand for the FPL system.

    Florida Power & Light Company’s Office of Economic Development is doing their part to encourage investment and job creation in Florida.  is doing our part to encourage investment and job creation in our state. In fact, that’s why we created FPL’s Office of Economic Development.

    Learn more at http://www.poweringflorida.com/about-powering-florida/#sthash.3kSQEkgS.dpuf

  • Enterprise Florida

    Enterprise Florida

    Enterprise Florida

    Enterprise Florida

    Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation. In pursuit of its mission, EFI works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses. EFI’s activities have championed Florida as the premier location for business expansion and relocation, created a renewed interest both nationally and internationally in Florida as a top state for business, and resulted in a significant number of new jobs and capital investments. Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. EFI focuses its economic development efforts on a wide range of industry sectors, including aviation & aerospace, life sciences, information technology, defense & homeland security, clean energy, financial & professional services, manufacturing and beyond. EFI is the state’s primary entity for trade and export development supporting more than 60,000 Florida exporting businesses. The organization also supports small and minority businesses through its capital programs. Another key aspect of EFI’s responsibilities is the marketing and promotion of Florida as a premier business destination.

    Learn more at https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/about-efi/


  • Florida East Coast Railway


    Florida East Coast Railway


    Florida East Coast Railway operates 351 miles of mainline track along the east coast of Florida directly through Flagler County and provides direct rail access to South Florida’s ports. FECR also serves five intermodal terminals and provides full service drayage for our customers.

    With connections to CSX and Norfolk Southern in Jacksonville, FECR is your fast, reliable, affordable solution to moving intermodal loads and carload commodities from pulp and paper to aggregate and automobiles.

    FECRWY provides customized rates and works directly with Flagler County to ensure businesses looking to relocate to the area will be able to accurately estimate their shipping costs in their consideration.

  • Flagler County Government

    Flagler County Government

    Located on the northeast coast of Florida, Flagler County is 31 miles south of St. Augustine and 24 miles north of Daytona Beach. The county is comprised of five municipalities – Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Flagler Beach, Marineland and Palm Coast. The municipalities have incorporated roughly 48 percent of the land area within Flagler County. While the majority of the county’s population lives in Palm Coast, the city of Bunnell has the largest land mass. The remaining 52 percent of the land is within the unincorporated area of Flagler County.

    Flagler County’s population of 105,392 is distributed among its five municipalities and its unincorporated area. Beverly Beach accounts for .34 percent of the population. The city of Bunnell is home to 2.71 percent of our residents and Flagler Beach to 4.63 percent. Marineland, with a population of 16, makes up .02 percent of the population. Palm Coast is home to 78.70 percent of the population, and the unincorportated areas account for 13.6 percent of the county’s  residents.

    The Intracoastal Waterway bisects the eastern portion of Flagler County and is navigable from Miami to Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway.

    The Atlantic Ocean Beachfront is 18 miles long with pristine beaches. There are more than 40 parks and preserves, as well as 90+ miles of trails for hiking, biking and paddling. Flagler County is a desirable location for tourists, visitors, residents and businesses alike.

    1769 East Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2
    Bunnell, FL 32110
    Phone: 386-313-4065

  • Jim Tager

    Flagler County Schools

    Jim Tager

    Flagler County Schools

    Jim Tager, the current Superintendent for Flagler County Schools, has been an educator and administrator in the Florida school systems for the past 34 years. Mr. Tager was previously principal of Atlantic High School in Port Orange, Florida and has spent the past eleven years as a school or district administrator with Volusia County Schools. During his tenure as principal, school grades for New Smyrna Beach Middle School, and later New Smyrna Beach High School, went from a B to an A. During his term as deputy superintendent for Volusia Schools in 2014-15 the district grade rose from a C to a B.

  • Dr. Ronald Jimenez

    Florida Hospital Flagler

    Dr. Ronald Jimenez

    Florida Hospital Flagler

    Dr. Jimenez was named CEO of Florida Hospital Flagler in April 2016.

    Before taking the position in Flagler County he served as chief medical officer for Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, a role he has held since 2009. As CMO, Jimenez established a clinically integrated network, was responsible for quality and patient safety, and oversaw performance improvement, utilization review and medical staff departments.

    Prior to joining Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Jimenez was the vice president of medical affairs for what was then called Park Ridge Hospital and the Appalachian Region of Adventist Health System from 2006-2009, director of medical affairs from 2005-2006, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology from 2001-2004. From 1993-2001, Jimenez was a staff physician at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida.

    Learn more at https://www.floridahospital.com/flagler/experience


  • Marineland


    Marineland’s community seeks to expand its permanent population while emphasizing its strengths in research, education and tourism. Surrounded by 10,000 acres of picturesque public land, the town offers a leading world-renowned laboratory of ecological research and interactive adventures with dolphins for almost all ages, all in the middle of an amazing estuarine system that cleans the water and shelters young fish and other marine life.

  • Kristen Bates

    City of Bunnell

    Kristen Bates

    City of Bunnell

    Bunnell is the County Seat and was first incorporated in 1913 but has come a long way from its humble beginnings. From 2005 to 2007 Bunnell annexed more than 92,000 acres of land, increasing its size from 4 square miles to approximately 141 square miles and making Bunnell one of the largest cities in Florida. This quaint city holds many of the historic treasures of Flagler County within its city limits.

    Kristen Bates, Community Development Director

    Learn more at http://bunnellcity.us/

  • Beth Payne


    Beth Payne


    Elizabeth Payne is Chief Executive Officer at the Northeast Florida Regional Council, working to position the Council in Florida’s changing landscape.

  • Ray Peter


    Ray Peter


    Ray is currently Area Manager for Palm Coast’s FSBDC Business Assistance Center. His career with IBM spanned many disciplines from manufacturing and test engineering, engineering management, product development and product sales and marketing.  The last 20 years of his career with IBM was focused in the area of product marketing and sales. In addition Ray and his wife have owned a furniture & accessories interior design business since 2003.

    Ray served as an Army officer in Vietnam prior to starting his career with IBM.  Ray holds a bachelor of science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from Queens University.  He also is a Certified Business Consultant with the Florida Small Business Development Center.

    The Palm Coast Business Assistance Center was started in 2011 through a unique partnership between the City of Palm Coast and the University of Central Florida Small Business Development Center. The Center’s mission is to help grow local businesses. The Center offers personalized services that can be accessed simply by making an appointment. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (386) 986-2499, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Learn more at http://bac.palmcoastgov.com/


  • Ed Schons

    Florida High Tech Corridor

    Ed Schons

    Florida High Tech Corridor

    As the Assistant Vice President for University Relations, and Director of University Economic Development at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Ed Schons provides executive management and economic development consulting services to internal and external constituencies. He is directly involved in the creation, attraction and retention of high technology based companies throughout the University’s area of service and that of the Florida’s High Tech Corridor.

    Prior to UCF he served as the Senior Economic Development Policy Manager for Florida Power Corporation. Is actively involved with economic development in Florida, including the Florida High Technology Corridor Council other partnerships include the Metro-Orlando EDC, the Tampa Bay Partnership, and the Central Florida Research Park.

    Stretching across 23 counties, the Florida High Tech Corridor is a technology rich region known as much for its legacy in aerospace as it is for its growing prominence in other high tech clusters of innovation such as Modeling and Simulation, Optics and Photonics, Digital Media and Medical Technologies.As an entity that promotes the high tech growth of the region, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of three of the country’s largest research institutions—the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida. The Council’s mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.

    Learn more at http://www.floridahightech.com/about/

  • Jorge Gutierrez

    Flagler County Chamber of Commerce

    Jorge Gutierrez

    Flagler County Chamber of Commerce

    An Ormond Beach resident and native of Cuba, Mr. Gutierrez has more than 20 years of diversified experience in the areas of sales, manufacturing and financial diligence, and market/business strategy. As President of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, Jorge ensures the effective operation of the Chamber, while coordinating programs, membership, employment, training, supervision of the staff and financial operations. He is also charged with policy implementation and delegating work to accomplish goals and objectives set by the board. He is staff liason to the Chamber Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Economic Alliance Council, Business Issues Committee and other ad hoc committees.

    With more than 700 members, the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest member-based organizations in Flagler County. The Chamber has served and supported its community since 1962 with a mission of engaging, promoting and sustaining a thriving business climate in Flagler County.

  • Robin King

    CareerSource Flagler/Volusia

    Robin King

    CareerSource Flagler/Volusia

    Robin King became the President & CEO of CareerSource Flagler Volusia in 2013, after a 24-year tenure in this organization. Robin rose to the leadership role after holding a series of key positions, which included: case manager, planning and research administrator, director of operations and vice president.

    Robin currently serves on various boards for local economic development corporations, United Way, child welfare organizations, One Voice for Volusia, the National Association of Women in Construction, and the Homeless Continuum of Care. In 2007 the Daytona Regional Chamber recognized Robin for her community volunteer work with the Marvin Samuels Award. In 2008 she was awarded the President’s Call to Service Award.

    CareerSource Flagler Volusia provides recruitment-related services, human resource information and training opportunities to businesses and job seekers in our community. Services are funded through various public and private sources. Providing innovative customized employment and training solutions to support economic prosperity in collaboration with economic development, education, chambers of commerce, community-based organizations, local governments and active business partners; CareerSource Flagler Volusia helps the Flagler County community reduce recruitment costs, and provide the information and resources needed to attain and maintain qualified employees.

    Learn more at http://www.careersourcefv.com/about-us/

    or watch their FloridaFlex video here!

  • Tammie Nemecek


    Tammie Nemecek


    Tammie Nemecek currently serves as Director for GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute. She leads the program development throughout Florida, helping local communities build entrepreneurial efforts centered on the Economic Gardening philosophy and techniques.   She has been in economic development for more than 20 years and is a certified Program Administrator by the National Center for Economic Gardening.

    GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida.  By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.   Learn more button http://www.growfl.com/


  • TECO Peoples Gas

    TECO Peoples Gas


    Peoples Gas provides natural gas energy to commercial and industrial users of all sizes. Their energy team is available to help you find the best source for your energy supply and are able to provide you with information on equipment rebates and the latest natural gas technologies.

    Commercial businesses in Florida now have the option of selecting your own natural gas supplier through a third-party marketer and participation in the Peoples Gas NaturalChoice Transportation Service (NCTS) program. Or, you can choose to purchase your natural gas supply through the Peoples Gas Purchase Gas Adjustment rate. Industrial customers have the additional option of choose the Individual Transportation Program (ITS).  The Department of Economic Opportunity will help to negotiate rates for businesses relocating to Flagler County.

    The Flagler County pipeline connects to interstate pipelines interconnected with other pipelines and other utility systems, offering system operators flexibility in moving the gas from point to point. Natural gas eventually reaches TECO Peoples Gas through a gate station, where it is measured and injected with an odorant for safety, then distributed to customers through our local distribution system of pipelines, mains and service lines.

    To learn more, visit http://peoplesgas.com/.


  • Tom Lobasso

    Daytona State College

    Tom Lobasso

    Daytona State College

    A public state college and member institution of the Florida College System, DSC offers the Associate of Arts and various Associate of Science degrees, and as of 2014 offered six bachelor’s degrees: the Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. In addition to degree related course studies, the college offers multiple industry specific certification programs developed based on industry labor force needs of the area.

    DSC is home to the Southeast Museum of Photography, and has partnered with Flagler County school districts to form the Advanced Technology College, which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits via dual enrollment. As of 2014, the school served nearly 30,000 students annually.

    Dr. Tom LoBasso was named Interim President of Daytona State College in January 2015 by the institution’s District Board of Trustees. Immediately prior to his appointment, LoBasso served as chief operating officer and provost at the college.  He brings to the institution’s top post a deeply rounded background in higher education leadership that spans more than two decades, particularly in the areas of strategic planning and supervision for academic affairs, accreditation, student development, college marketing, institutional effectiveness, regional campus operations and facilities services.

    Learn more at https://www.daytonastate.edu/

  • Tom M. Hellman, Ph.D.


    Tom M. Hellman, Ph.D.


    Currently serving as President of the local SCORE Chapter 87, Dr Hellman’s areas of expertise include EHS and Product related Compliance, Sustainability and Product Quality. His experience includes over 35 years of corporate work in a number of industrial sectors ranging from manufacturing to retail (Allied Chemical, General Electric, Bristol Myers-Squibb and Limited Brands). This experience has provided him with a unique opportunity to lead Compliance and Sustainability related activities in a number of different Company cultures.

    Tom obtained a B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

    SCORE offers the nation’s largest, network of free, expert business mentors. SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education and tools businesses need to open their doors and establish a customer base. Already own a business? Volunteer mentors can help identify ways to increase profit, improve employee and customer satisfaction, and achieve work/ life balance.   With SCORE, business owners and entreprenuers can have the honest, confidential and sometimes tough conversations about managing money, motivating your team, and other business topics.   We can be your confidant, your cheerleader and your accountability partner on your path to achieving success.



  • Town of Beverly Beach

    Town of Beverly Beach

    When driving along A1A, slow down and catch a glimpse of lovely Beverly Beach, located between the sand dunes of the Atlantic Ocean and the currents of the Atlantic Ocean. Just one mile long and one mile wide, the Town of Beverly Beach was incorporated in 1955. Since that time the town has not grown in physical size, but its population has increased to more than 550 residents. Enjoy the public beach for surfing, swimming, fishing and boating.

  • Mark Martindale

    The Whitney Laboratory

    Mark Martindale

    The Whitney Laboratory

    Founded in 1974, the Whitney Lab is dedicated to using marine model animals for studying fundamental problems in biology and applying that knowledge to issues of human health, natural resources, and the environment.

    Led by Director Mark Q. Martindale, PhD who specializes in the evolutionary development of marine organisms, the laboratory is made up of 10 faculty led research laboratories with over 50 researchers and staff.

    An important part of the lab’s mission is to train future experimental biologists through its graduate, postdoctoral and summer National Science Foundation sponsored undergraduate internship program.  The laboratory provides a marine animal focused K-12 STEM outreach program and a public lecture series, with the goal of increasing community engagement in lifelong learning and marine science.

  • Wendy Mussoline

    UF/IFAS Ag Extension Services

    Wendy Mussoline

    UF/IFAS Ag Extension Services

    The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible.

    Wendy Mussoline is the UF/IFAS Multi-County Agriculture Extension Agent for Flagler and Putnam Counties. Her primary responsibility is to help commercial growers and ranchers remain economically and environmentally sustainable through science-based research conducted at the University of Florida.

    While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and Extension. Because of this mission and the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, IFAS has facilities located throughout Florida.

    IFAS provides research and development for Florida’s agricultural, natural resources and related food industries, which made value-added contributions of $123.2 billion to the gross domestic product of the state economy in 2013.

    The Flagler County extension office of UF/IFAS provides information to residents of Flagler County on a variety of subjects to include learning how to care for your lawn, manage your money, prepare food safely, plant a citrus tree and developing youth leadership skills.

    The office has access to more than 2,000 subjects of interest. This expertise is available to everyone – small business owners, farmers, builders, homeowners, parents, children, and the general public.

    The Extension Service’s programming consists of:

    • Seminars, demonstrations, and workshops
    • Networking with educational and governmental agencies
    • Speaking to garden clubs, service clubs, civic clubs, schools and community groups
    • Newsletters and newspaper columns, personal contacts, farm visits
    • Diagnostic services: soil testing, plant disease, and insect identification
    • Training for extension volunteers
    • Publications

  • Jayne Fifer

    Volusia Manufacturers Association

    Jayne Fifer

    Volusia Manufacturers Association

    Jayne Fifer is the president and CEO of VMA, the area’s manufacturing alliance serving Flagler, Volusia and surrounding counties. She is considered the voice of manufacturers in Flagler and Volusia counties and believes completely that manufacturing is the backbone of the USA. While the VMA members make products, Jayne and the VMA make connections providing information, education and networking opportunities to help businesses grow and succeed. This year VMA is celebrating its 36th anniversary.

    Founded in 1980 by manufacturers for manufacturers, VMA provides information, education and networking opportunities to help manufacturers grow and succeed. We are made up of companies that range in size from one employee to over 500. There are companies with CEO’s, presidents, plant managers, CFO’s an HR managers and companies whose owners do it all. We have members willing to share their expertise in manufacturing operations, purchasing, international trade, human resources, marketing and more.

    Learn more at http://vmaonline.com/about-us/


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Flagler County

Department of Economic Opportunity

Helga van Eckert – Executive Director

Address: 1769 E Moody Blvd Bunnell, FL 32110

Phone: 386-313-4071

Email: hvaneckert@flaglercountyedc.com


Business Concierge Services

Flagler County DEO prides itself on service to businesses to include connection to relocation services, temporary office space, employment assistance and temporary administrative support.

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