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Economic Incentives available for growing your business. It may be easier than you think.
July 21, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Karen Stewart is the Economic Development Program Manager for Manatee County Government. In this role, Karen provides leadership to facilitate economic development projects by linking all county departments and the business community. In addition, she manages the performance based incentive program, rapid response permitting, and promotes the business friendly approach in county government.
Since 2009, Economic Development Incentives have been adopted for more than 60 companies with potential to create over 3,500 jobs over the next several years.
Ms. Stewart works in partnership with the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, Port Manatee, and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She provides leadership for the County’s Southwest TIF Area and leads the Rapid Response Team for economic development projects throughout the county and in the Florida International Gateway.
Karen has a Master’s of Science in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, is a graduate of Eckerd College and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Florida Redevelopment Association, Florida Brownfields Association and various local business organizations.