Pasco County Business Leader Selected For Regional Economic Development Program

Local business leader and Dade City resident, Lex Smith, has been selected for Tampa Bay Partnership’s 2012 CEO Direct program. Smith is already very involved in economic development in Pasco County. He serves as Board Chair and Executive Committee Chair for Pasco Hernando Workforce Board and is a Board Member for Pasco Economic Development Council. His involvement with CEO Direct will allow him to gain a regional perspective on economic development issues and connect with other business leaders to help Tampa Bay and Pasco County reach their full potential.

Smith is the Senior Vice President for SunTrust Bank and currently works in the Tampa Region Wealth & Investment Management line of business. “I am thrilled to participate in the CEO Direct program,” said Smith. “As a lifelong resident of Pasco County, I truly believe that economic development is a critical aspect of continued growth.”

The goal of the CEO Direct program is to ensure local business leaders are active participants in Tampa Bay’s economic development initiatives. Participants learn about critical issues effecting economic development in the Tampa Bay region and are challenged to help find solutions through problem solving, regional collaboration and strategic thinking.

“Lex has been a valuable and dedicated member of our board since 2009,” said John Hagen, Pasco EDC President/CEO. “The knowledge he gains in the CEO Direct program will indirectly help Pasco EDC be in tune with what is going on regionally and bring growth to Tampa Bay overall.”

Participation in the CEO Direct program is by invitation only and is limited to 25 participants each year. During the ten month program, participants attend a monthly meeting and tour major regional institutions. Participants will be engaged in Tampa Bay Partnership’s Model for Prosperity which includes the regional business plan for Tampa Bay, livable communities and transportation, public policy, and a broader advocacy and leadership model.

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