Economic Partners

The City of Lake Wales and the Chamber forged a partnership in 2013 to expand and enhance economic development activities designed to bring new industry and jobs to the area.  The City cut its internal program and contracted with the Chamber for economic development services, particularly marketing the area to attract new business.

The Chamber hired Jim Bell in June 2013 to serve as the first Executive Director of both the Chamber and Economic Development Council. He was charged with expanding support and getting the new program off the ground.   Kevin J Kieft joined the EDC as President/CEO in 2014, previously serving as a Regional Director for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

To expand community input and involvement in the business recruitment process, the Chamber invited business leaders to become Economic Partners. Those who invest at least $2,500 per year become Partners and have a seat on the Economic Development Council Board.   If you are interested in helping advance the Chamber’s economic development mission, please contact the Chamber office at (863) 676-3445.

2017 Economic Development Council

EDC CHAIRMAN and CHAIRMAN-ELECT
Wayne Weathersby
Keller Williams Realty, Lake Wales

CHAMBER CHAIRMAN
Larry Bossarte
All County Real Estate Services

BOARD MEMBERS

Roger Ingley
Michelle G. Hurst – alternate
Bunting, Tripp & Ingley

Paul Gerrard
CenterState Bank

John Motis
Todd Motis – alternate
Chemical Containers, Inc.

Greg Littleton
Brian W. Marbutt – alternate
Citizens Bank & Trust

Ken Fields, City Manager
Eugene Fultz, Mayor
City of Lake Wales

Gerald Miller
Denise Ruiz – alternate
Duke Energy

Kriss Kaye, PE (Steven Shealey, PE, MPA – alternate)
Envisors

Scott Smith
Florida’s Natural Growers

Don Clifford
Larry Bossarte – alternate
GrowHealthy Holdings, LLC

Ellis Hunt, Jr.
Hunt Bros., Inc.

Joe Miranda
Joseph F. Miranda, Inc.

Kevin J. Kieft, CEcD
President/CEO
Lake Wales Chamber & EDC

Jesse L. Jackson
Lake Wales Charter Schools, Inc.

Rebecca Brewer (Maryemma Bachelder – alternate)
Lake Wales Medical Center

Erin Floyd
Legacy Real Estate Center, Inc. – Erin Floyd

Pat Cain
Pat Cain Wealth Solutions / Raymond James

David Fisher
Peterson & Myers, PA

John Hall
Jim Freeman – alternate
Polk County BOCC

Eileen Holden
Andy Oguntola – alternate
Polk State College

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