LEE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
John Patrick Boland
John Patrick Boland, Director Lee County Economic Development Office will speak to the League of Women Voters of Lee County on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at The Helm Club at The Landings. Breakfast will be at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9:30. The public is invited to attend.
Mr. Boland was named the director of the Lee County Economic Development Office in January 2016. Previously, he was vice president for strategy and business development for Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation. He holds a Juris Doctorate and a master’s degree in business administration. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2015 as a lieutenant colonel.
The Lee County Economic Development Office works to attract new and diversified businesses resulting in high-wage, high-skilled jobs; to retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses; and to improve the overall business environment in Lee County. Their economic development professionals offer business services for local, domestic, and international companies looking to launch, expand, or relocate in Lee County. The wide range of services and resources includes site selection, financial assistance, data compilation and tax incentive information. Services to clients free of charge, and on a confidential basis. The economic development office helps ensure that business thrives in Lee County.
Mr. Boland’s Program description/Proposed conversation: There is no better moment than today to shift the purpose and practice of economic development to generate continuous growth, prosperity, and inclusion. Economic development must be more than recruiting companies over helping existing firms become more productive and expand. Embracing a broader vision of economic development is an economic and fiscal imperative. This requires understanding the purpose of economic development and getting both the markets and civics right.