The LEDC is HEre to Help Lakeland Grow.

The Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC) is a private, non-profit organization with approximately 135+ member companies. The LEDC’s primary role is to help create jobs and capital investment by attracting new companies as well as facilitating the expansion of existing companies in the Lakeland area. Private sector funding makes up over 90% of the LEDC’s budget.

OUR GOALS

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Retain & Grow Existing Businesses, Jobs, & Investment

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Foster & develop talent

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Increase high-skill, high-wage employment

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Grow targeted industry sectors

OUR GOALS

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Retain & Grow Existing Businesses, Jobs, & Investment

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Foster & develop talent

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Increase high-skill, high-wage employment

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Grow targeted industry sectors

LEDC TEAM

(863) 687-3788 

STEVE
SCRUGGS

PRESIDENT
Email Steve

LAURA
TAYLOR

VP OF OPERATIONS
Email Laura

ASHLEY
CHEEK

VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Email Ashley

JOY
DAVIS

OFFICE MANAGER
Email Joy

LUCIA
FORERO

PROJECT MANAGER
Email Lucia

CATAPULT TEAM 

(863) 940-9660

LEDC’s High-Skill High-Wage initiative, Catapult, is a community-centered coworking space and entrepreneur center. Catapult fosters the growth of startups in Central Florida through affordable membership, thoughtful education, and funding. Visit the Catapult Website.

CHRISTINA
GRAHAM

EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR
Email Christina

CONNOR
LOCKHART

MEMBERSHIP
DIRECTOR
Email Connor

MAGGIE
LEACH

KITCHEN
DIRECTOR
Email Maggie

ROBERT
BLACKLIDGE

EDUCATION
DIRECTOR
Email Robert

CHRISTIN
STRAWBRIDGE

PROJECT
MANAGER
Email Christin

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WESLEY
BECK

CHAIRMAN
Aspyre Properties

DAVID
HALLOCK

PAST CHAIRMAN
GrayRobinson

TODD
BAYLIS

VICE CHAIRMAN
Qgiv

CORY
PETCOFF

SECRETARY
Baron Realty

WILLIAM
HARRELL

TREASURER
Harrell’s, LLC

BRIAN
PHILPOT

HIGH-SKILL HIGH-WAGE   CHAIRMAN
AgAmerica

JEFF
CHAMBERLAIN

PAST HIGH-SKILL HIGH-WAGE CHAIRMAN
Publix

CALLIE
NESLUND

CATAPULT
ADVISORY CHAIR
The Mosaic Company

ANDY
MCENTIRE

ADVISOR
CHAIRMAN
Indie Atlantic Films

STEVE
SCRUGGS

PRESIDENT
Lakeland Economic Development Council

WANT TO CONNECT WITH US?

CALL ASHLEY TO LEARN MORE.

(863) 687-3788

You can also email her at acheek@lakelandedc.com.