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County Coordinator Honored With Award


July 15, 2015
Orlando, Florida
Florida’s Top Economic Developers Honored at Annual Conference
The Florida Economic Development Council, host to the 2015 Florida Economic Development Conference presented by Florida Power & Light Company and being held this week at the Walt Disney World Swan hotel, has recognized the achievements of Florida’s best economic developers with two prestigious awards.
The Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year award is given annually in recognition of the achievements of an outstanding economic developer within the state of Florida. The award was first given in 1985 and was renamed in 1991 to honor Eunice Sullivan for her dedication and commitment to the economic development profession and the Florida Economic Development Council.
“Throughout her career at the Florida Department of Commerce – the forerunner of Enterprise Florida – Eunice Sullivan was the consummate professional in both economic and community development. Yet, as important as that was for our state during the 80’s, it paled when compared to her genteel, southern charm that endeared her to all whom she touched,” said Mike Bobroff, former Executive Vice President and COO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, and long time colleague and friend.
Allen Cherry was awarded the honor this year. Mr. Cherry has been involved in economic development in varying capacities for the past 43 years. Currently, he is County Coordinator for Madison County, a position he had held for the past nine years. He is the past chair of the North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP) and has been Executive Director of the Madison County Development Council for eight years. Mr. Cherry also served two terms as a County Commissioner from 1984-1990. His commitment to regionalism, inspired him to host a (first ever) site consultant event in 2014 to increase exposure to the North Central Florida region. The event was so well received and effective, it was repeated in 2015.
Recently, FEDC marked 50 years of developing the brightest economic development professionals and equipping them with sound policy and effective programs. This year's conference will set the stage for a renewed focus on the tools and resources necessary to develop Florida’s future economic leaders.
For additional information please contact:
Beth Kirkland, CEcD
Interim Executive Director
Florida Economic Development Council
Cell: 850-212-1056

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