2015 Business Leader of the Year: Economic Development

Not only has Debbie Goode taken over the reins of the Melbourne office of Carr, Riggs and Ingram, but she will also serve a second year as the chair for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. She is only the third person in the history of the EDC to have a two year chairmanship.

The EDC led the charge to ensure a sound economic future for Brevard County after the announcement about the retirement of the shuttle program. In the last two fiscal years ending September 30, 2015, the EDC has announced 4,086 new jobs and new capital investment in the community of over $873 million. With Harris Corporate Headquarters remaining in the community and the recent announcement by Northrop Grumman of some 1,800 new jobs, the future is promising. 

During the same time, she spearheaded the creation and launch of the Florida Tech WeVenture’s (formerly Women’s Business Center) League of Extraordinary Women which raised over $60,000 for the organization.

Her goal for the next year is to continue to work with the EDC to tell Brevard County’s story and to facilitate the partnerships that exist in the community. 

This article appears in the December 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Business.
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