July 11, 2012 -
Beth Kirkland, CEcD, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc. (TalEDC), has been elected by the members of the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) to serve as the 2012-13 Chair of FEDC. In her term beginning July 1, 2012 and running through June 30, 2013, Kirkland will guide the 22-member FEDC board elected to advance the mission of the FEDC.
“Beth Kirkland has demonstrated incredible leadership in her tenure as a board member and will continue to advance FEDC's mission as our 2012-13 Chair," said Amy Evancho, President and CEO of the Florida Economic Development Council. "Beth contributed her time and skills as a previous Vice-Chair of Marketing and Communications, leading the movement to build a more robust brand and communications for FEDC. Beth's ability to drive collaboration and work with FEDC members throughout the state will bring tremendous value to this organization."
As Executive Director of TalEDC, Kirkland has worked with many economic and workforce development organizations to grow jobs, facilities and investments in her community. She has spearheaded efforts to create public/private partnerships with local governments to facilitate creative solutions for the Tallahassee business community and focus on retaining and expanding local businesses. These experiences along with her long-standing leadership position on the FEDC board will drive the organization into the future and advance the FEDC’s goals of “Educate. Advocate. Connect.”
“We see great value in Beth serving in this statewide role. Not only are Tallahassee and Leon County elevated, but the professionals of FEDC are sure to benefit under her leadership, strengthening Florida as a whole,” said Karen Moore, Chairman of TalEDC.
Kirkland has a BS in Computer Science from University of Louisiana at Monroe and an MS in Engineering Systems Analysis from University of Central Florida. She completed a certificate in 2009 in Economic Development (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council. Kirkland currently serves on the board of Florida’s Great Northwest, a 16 country regional economic development organization and as a Tallahassee MSA representative on the Enterprise Florida Stakeholder’s Council.