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Business Observer Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 3 months ago

Economic agency names onetime Jeb Bush appointee interim leader

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Susan Pareigis was chosen by the board of directors to lead the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance.

FORT MYERS – Susan Pareigis has been named interim president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance.  

Pareigis has served on the board of directors for Enterprise Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and has chaired the U.S. Department of Labor’s Committee on Veteran’s Employment, Training and Outreach, according to a statement. Most recently, Pareigis served 10 years as president and CEO of the Florida Council of 100 following four years as Gov. Jeb Bush’s appointed secretary of the Agency for Workforce Innovation. 

Pareigis previously was president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Collier County and served in international business development at the Lee County Office of Economic Development, the release adds. 

“Susan’s executive-level experience, coupled with her extensive knowledge of Southwest Florida, makes her the perfect choice to lead the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance,” says Florida Economic Development Alliance board chairman Al Reynolds in the release. “We are confident the Alliance will continue to flourish under Susan’s leadership.”

Representing Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties, the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance serves as a non-parochial economic development coordinator to site selectors, real estate consultants and targeted companies, working in collaboration with local economic development organizations.

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