MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Feb. 13, 2018) – County Commissioners today extended County Administrator Ed Hunzeker's contract until January, 2020. Commissioners voiced unanimous support for Hunzeker and voted to approve a one-year extension to his current contract which was to end Jan. 29, 2019.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be here and I’m thankful everyday to be here," Hunzeker told Commissioners today. "Some 1,700 employees work for this Board and it’s just amazing to watch them in action. I’m blessed with a great cadre of Department Directors."
Hunzeker spent several years stressing the importance of finding a new way to pay for our local government, Hunzeker w. In 2016, after significant public input with the Citizens Financial Structure Advisory Board, the County placed a referendum before voters for the infrastructure sales tax. That tax passed and the County now has a sustainable way to pay for our capital needs and that will invest in and prolong the life of community infrastructure.
Last year, Hunzeker's vision to redevelop and revitalize urban areas of the county took form. A new Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department developed a strategic work plan for the Southwest District. Using funding collected in the new district, the County completed our first public-private redevelopment project at the Parkwood Professional Center on 26th Street West.
He started the How Will We Grow conversation and that led to LDC changes that should help spur redevelopment and mixed use projects in the urban core and eventually create a more walkable community.
Early in his tenure as Manatee County Administrator, Hunzeker won Commission approval for a new economic development incentive package for to businesses that promised to provide new performance-based jobs that paid above the county average. Commissioners have since approved nearly $11.5 million in economic development-related incentives to create or retain more nearly 5,200 local jobs here through 2021. The companies who have received local incentives have invested more than $648 million in capital improvements resulting in a more than $330 million in property tax revenues and $2 billion in local wages over the next decade.
Major capital improvements undertaken during Hunzeker’s tenure as County Administrator include the expansion of 44th Avenue to connect Lakewood Ranch to west Bradenton, the Fort Hamer Bridge to connect Parrish with LWR, new public safety radio towers to improve the communication network for first responders and law enforcement, a new Marine Rescue headquarters and more.
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