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May 2022 Luncheon - Spotlight on the Suncoast (EDC Update)

  • 24 May 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Grove - 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch


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  • Please add guest names and meal selection. Reserved table for 10 with name recognition. Company name and web link on LWRBA event page. Acknowledgment in event program and event PowerPoint presentation.
  • Please add guest names and meal selection. Reserved table for 5 with name recognition. Company name and web link on LWRBA event page. Acknowledgment in event program and event PowerPoint presentation.

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Spotlight on the Suncoast (EDC Update)

Registration & Networking at 11:30 a.m.
Program begins at 12:00 p.m.

We’ve heard that nearly 1,000 people a day are making Florida their new home, but what about business growth in the region? Hear from local EDC CEO’S Sharon Hillstrom (Bradenton Area EDC) and Lisa Krouse (Sarasota EDC) on why companies are choosing to relocate to our region, what industry trends they are seeing and what we can expect for future growth.


Sharon Hillstrom
President and CEO, Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation

Sharon Hillstrom is president and CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, the lead economic development organization serving the nine communities that make up the Bradenton Area in Manatee County. Ms. Hillstrom is responsible for developing and implementing economic development programs to recruit new high-impact businesses and to assist in the retention and growth of targeted existing businesses in the Bradenton Area. She leads a team of six and coordinates the EDC’s relationships with a complex network of business leaders and partner organizations in the public and private sectors.

Since assuming the chief executive role in 2011, Ms. Hillstrom has overseen more than 180 businesses with expansions and relocations. These companies are projected to deliver more than 8,000 jobs and over 2 billion dollars in wages from direct and indirect jobs. Equally important, they plan to invest more than $1.2 billion dollars in capital, in facilities and equipment at their Bradenton Area locations. Under Ms. Hillstrom’s leadership, the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) in 2015 was named one of Florida’s best local economic development agencies by Southern Business & Development magazine, a respected journal covering economic development in the American South. In addition, Goodwill Manasota named Ms. Hillstrom Goodwill Ambassador of the Year in 2015 for her leadership role in enhancing the region’s quality of life through economic development.

Lisa Krouse, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President & CEO, EDC Sarasota County

Lisa is a woman who speaks from the heart, with a results-driven focus. When you meet Lisa, you will discover that the common thread connecting every element in her life is a deep appreciation of the moment—whether with family and friends, at work and leisure, or involved in her community. She is a senior executive, former General Counsel of a publicly traded insurance company, former CHRO, public speaker, author and community leader.

Lisa received her B.S. degree from New York University and her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is a member of the Florida Bar, District of Columbia Bar and the New York Bar. She is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is the Past Chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the Boards of FCCI Insurance Group and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  Lisa previously sat on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, Career Source Suncoast, Teen Court, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, All Faiths Food Bank, and the advisory boards of USF and FSU. She served as District Director for HR Florida and is past president of the Sarasota/Manatee Human Resources Association.

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Table Sponsor

Grapevine Communications

Manatee County Government

Lakewood Ranch

Comcast Business

Silver Table Sponsor

Willis Smith Construction

8430 Enterprise Circle, STE 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

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