While impressive gains have been made in recent years, building a better economic quality of life for St. Lucie County isn’t a mission that can be accomplished in a year or two. The leadership of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) recently expanded their planning horizons from half-decade increments to a full generation.
“The foundations for better-paying jobs and a more diverse tax base are being built brick-by-brick today. That’s important, but it isn’t enough,” said EDC President Pete Tesch. “We also need to ensure that the next generation of business leaders is prepared to build on that foundation and that’s why the EDC started the EXCEL program.”
EXCEL is shorthand for a young professional group that kicked off last month. Open to current and aspiring C-level executives in St. Lucie County, the organization will offer leadership training, talent development and networking opportunities.
“In June, the EDC presented a workshop on understanding Millennials in the workplace. It was an eye-opening program and we wanted more,” said Dayna Izzo, business development executive for GFA International, an EDC member company. “We are looking for the opportunity to grow as leaders in our community and to network with other executives who are in much the same place in our personal and professional lives.”
“EXCEL will ultimately boost our partnership with the EDC through bringing together engaged, local, younger professionals with similar interests and experiences,” said Phil Doumar, a licensed agent for Doumar Insurance and Financial Services. “The partnership with the EDC will allow us the opportunity to, for example, learn about how a local CEO built his or her company and, at the same time, network with other engaged up-and-coming executives who share our interests.”
“There is no cost to join EXCEL, although we will obviously encourage the participants’ companies to become EDC members, if they aren’t already,” said Tesch. The next EXCEL event will be on October 18 for a panel discussion with the EDC Board of Directors. For more information, contact Candy Marlow at 772-336-6250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County
The EDC is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic vitality in St. Lucie County through the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses in the community. The EDC works in partnership with local governments and the private sector to advance its goals of creating more and better-paying jobs for residents, broadening the tax base and improving St. Lucie County’s economic quality of life. Contact the EDC at 772-336-6250 or http://www.youredc.com.