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

Pete Beasely
Rasmussen College
Privarte Education Provider
Appointed 7/12

Michael Biskie
Levy County Private Sector
Appointed 4/02

Dan Davis
Community Technical and Adult Education (CTAE)
Marion County Public School System

Dianna Hammond
Taylor College
Private Education Provider
Appointed 7/12

Kathy Judkins
Marion Private Sector

Desmond Knight
Central Florida Electric Cooperative
Levy County Private Sector
Appointed 6/03

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

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

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

John Thrumston
Tarawood Utilities, LLC
Citrus County Private Sector
Appointed 8/14

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