Meet the Economic Development Staff

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Jeannie Shields Jeannie Shields
Jeannie is responsible for providing administrative and secretarial support to the Executive Director and other EDC services. Contact her at 941-748-4842, ext. 128.

Lauren Kratsch Lauren Kratsch
Responsible for managing and performing functions directly related to business recruitment, international trade linkages, and value-added entrepreneurial development, Lauren can be reached at 941-748-4842, ext. 134.

Mary Chilton Mary Chilton
As Workforce Business Liaison, Mary works with area companies on workforce development issues such as continuing education and government resources. Contact her at 941-748-4842 ext. 145.

Sandy Miles Sandy Miles
Sandy is responsible for assisting with research projects, prospect and inquiry mailings, and other industry services. In addition, she maintains the commercial real estate database on the EDC website. Her phone number is 941-748-4842, ext. 125.

Sharon Hillstrom Sharon Hillstrom
Sharon handles investor retention and recruitment along with facilitating committee meetings and event planning for the EDC. Contact her at 941-748-4842, ext. 140.

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