BDB ADDS TWO NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT VICE PRESIDENTS

Published Thursday, April 16, 2015

West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) is pleased to announce recent additions to its professional team to help meet the influx of economic development growth opportunities in Palm Beach County. Lynne Stein Benzion, CEcD has been appointed as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Luke Jackson was named Vice President, The Glades Region.

Benzion, a Certified Economic Development professional, will work on a wide variety of special projects including the BDB’s Familiarization Tours; its five task forces; business, retention and expansion activities; and research.

Benzion previously served as the Deputy Director for Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) in Rockville, MD, where she led a variety of business attraction, retention, expansion and entrepreneurship initiatives over the course of 10 years.  She has also run two small businesses and taught public school.

Leading an expanded focus on economic development programs in the Glades, Jackson will be responsible for retention and expansion opportunities in South Bay, Pahokee and Belle Glade.  He will attend city council meetings, court prospects and work closely with the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance (LORE).

Jackson previously served as the Director of Economic Development for Access Arizona, a non-profit economic development organization serving Pinal County, Arizona.  He was responsible for business attraction, retention, and expansion.  Jackson also led workforce development and partnered in community development projects with the cities and county that he served.  Jackson holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Lynne and Luke aboard during this exciting period of growth taking place in Palm Beach County,” said BDB President and CEO Kelly Smallridge. “Their respective experience in various economic development roles will help the BDB further its mission to stimulate economic energy, promote business diversity and enrich the vitality of Palm Beach County through the relocation, retention and expansion of companies to our area.”

About the BDB: The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida.  Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, its primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high quality jobs and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions and international trade. During the past five years, the BDB has assisted companies that have created more than 12,650 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $62,900, resulting in more than $615 million in capital investment to Palm Beach.

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