October 28, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wolf High Technology Center
Indian River State College - Chastain Campus
2400 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL  34997

On October 28, 2016, the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council hosted a Regional Economic Development Summit for the Treasure Coast Region at the Indian River State College in Stuart. The Summit brought together more than 100 people representing the region’s business development organizations, leading industries, educational facilities, local governments, and the public to provide a synchronized focus on economic issues. Major highlights of the Summit were a keynote presentation on Economic Trends by Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce; and three panel discussions that addressed Industry Group Trends, Transportation Infrastructure Trends, and Educational and Workforce Development Trends.

The Summit also featured breakout groups in the afternoon with Council staff facilitating discussions of several topics, including: Talent Supply & Education; Innovation & Economic Development; Infrastructure & Growth Leadership; Business Climate & Competitiveness; Civic & Governance Systems; Quality of Life & Quality of Places; and Economic Resilience. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee of the Treasure Coast Economic Development District will use the results of the Summit as part of the process to update the CEDS plan, which serves as a guide for regional and local collaboration on economic development initiatives and planning. Click on the links in the agenda below to view videos of the keynote presentation and panel discussions, and obtain summaries of the breakout group discussions.

  • Networking and Refreshments


  • WelcomeMichael Busha, Executive Director, TCRPC

  • Economic TrendsMark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce


Moderator: Peter J. Tesch, President, St. Lucie Economic Development Council

    • Agriculture – Dennis G. Corrick, Attorney, Dean Mead

    • Aviation and Aerospace – Dale Ketcham, Chief of Strategic Alliances, Space Florida

    • Marine Industries – Chuck Collins, Executive Director, Marine Industries Association

of Palm Beach County

    • Tourism – Charlotte Lombard Bireley, Tourism & Marketing Director, St. Lucie County

  • Break and Refreshments


Moderator: Kim DeLaney, Director of Strategic Development and Policy, TCRPC

    • Airports – Bill Johnson, Principal, Strategic Aviation Partners

    • Seaports – Carl Baker, Director of Planning and Development, Port of Palm Beach

    • Highways – Leslie Wetherell, District Program Management Administrator, Florida

Department of Transportation – District Four

    • Railroads – Peter Haliburton, Principal, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Moderator: Michael Corbit, Director, Business Development, CareerSource Palm Beach County

    • Florida Atlantic University – John Kelly, President, Florida Atlantic University

    • Indian River State College – Edwin R. Massey, President, Indian River State College

    • Palm Beach State College – Ava L. Parker, President, Palm Beach State College

  • Breakout Groups

    • Talent Supply & Education – Facilitator: Stephanie Heidt, TCRPC

    • Innovation & Economic Development – Facilitator: Greg Vaday, EDA

    • Infrastructure & Growth Leadership – Facilitator: Kim DeLaney, TCRPC

    • Business Climate & Competitiveness – Facilitator: Dana Little, TCRPC

    • Civic & Governance Systems – Facilitator: Tom Lanahan, TCRPC

    • Quality of Life & Quality of Places – Facilitator: Michael Busha, TCRPC

    • Economic Resilience – Facilitator: Kate Boer, TCRPC


  • Public Comments



For more information please contact Peter G. Merritt, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, pmerritt@tcrpc.org.