Business and Economic Development

The Business and Economic Development Committee is charged with aligning the resources of CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion with the economic development efforts of the three counties. It is also charged with reviewing staff and economic development coordination and collaborative efforts at business outreach and development. The Committee is organized into industry sector workgroups designed to engage the broader segments of the key industry sectors in our three county area to ensure that existing business needs for talent are taken into account in approving demand occupations and targeted occupations for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion training priorities.

Committee Members

Mike Melfi - Chair
Champs Software, Inc.
Citrus County Private Sector
Appointed 11/04

Kevin Badge
Central Florida Electric Cooperative
Levy County Private Sector
Appointed 6/16

Pete Beasely
Rasmussen College
Privarte Education Provider
Appointed 7/12

Mark Paugh
College of Central Florida
Community College
Appointed 7/11

Dave Pieklik
Nature Coast Business Development Council
Levy County CBO/EDC
Appointed 8/12

Rachel Riley
HealthSouth Rehabilitation of Ocala
Marion County Private Sector
Appointed 7/15

Don Taylor
Economic Development Authority for Citrus County
Citrus County EDACC
Appointed 6/16

Jim Wohrley
Marion Technical College
Marion County Public Schools

Non-Voting Members

Phil Geist
Small Business Development Council

Dianna Hammond
Appointed 7/12

Amy Meek
United Way of Citrus County

Kevin T. Sheilley
Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP)
Marion County CBO/EDC
Appointed 6/13 

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