I hope this newsletter finds you well. We are excited with the continued growth and development of our community. Team Volusia EDC continues its aggressive outreach schedule that remains focused on top site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives. Team Volusia staff continues to work to raise awareness of the Greater Daytona Region/Volusia County, Florida as a premier place for business relocation and expansion.
Our updated marketing materials, targeted trade shows, and business recruitment missions are designed to keep Volusia County on the top of the Nation’s leading site consultants’ minds who may have the opportunity to recommend or validate our area for consideration. Our team of professionals remain focused on identifying and executing business recruitment activities both in the U.S. and abroad that will yield the largest number of qualified leads and potential projects for our pipeline. This means that we are often traveling outside the area to ensure that Volusia County ranks on the top of the list of these important decision makers.
I am pleased that after a national executive search, we recruited a new member of our team. Our Executive Vice President, Heather Shubirg, was hired in April and has hit the ground running. Heather has brought a great amount of professional experience in leading the incentive programs as well as the business recruitment team at our state economic development organization, Enterprise Florida. Most recently, she was employed by the Orlando Economic Partnership and focused on the advanced manufacturing sector.
Our pipeline of projects is strong with several Stage 4 projects in current negotiations. We expect several location announcements before the end of the year. I’m proud of our hardworking team which has resulted in more than 75% of our projects coming directly to Team Volusia due to our aggressive business recruitment efforts and our targeted marketing.
We are continuing to add private sector investors. Last month, we announced five new companies who have made the commitment to assist us with our recruitment efforts through funding our program and their personal involvement. Please refer to the list at the end of the newsletter.
Thank you for your continued leadership and support as together we raise the economic vitality of Volusia County.