July 2017 Professional Development Meeting

July 18, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Courtyard by Marriott Resort
3435 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Bio: Lynda Weatherman

Lynda L. Weatherman is the president & CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast. She administers all operations and provides strategic direction to an organization responsible for a $2 million budget within a 1,557 square mile area that is the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville MSA.

Ms. Weatherman, a Florida native, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences/Education from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her work in economic development resulted in winning a Rotarian Fellowship to the University of Hong Kong where, in 1990, she completed a second Masters degree in International and Urban Planning. While beginning her career as a teacher, Ms. Weatherman has held leadership posts with the Florida Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, and Marion County Economic Development Agency.

As President & CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast since 1994,she is responsible for the attraction of new business and investment and retention of existing industry throughout the Space Coast. Ms. Weatherman 1s role also includes influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, assisting industry in new market entry, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high tech companies.

Under Ms. Weatherman's leadership, the EDC's recent accomplishments include the successful attraction of Embraer's first and only U.S. manufacturing assembly plant, a nearly $50 million economic impact that has now grown to more than $75 million with the announcement in late 2012 of the company's plan to build an engineering and technology center; the retention of the Space Coast's Naval Ordnance Test Unit through the reversal of a BRA( Commission decision; attainment of the assembly and checkout of NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle; and facilitation of the first-ever Space Act agreement between Kennedy Space Center and an economic development organization.



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