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LEDC

226 N. Kentucky Avenue, 2nd Floor
Lakeland, FL  33801

863-687-3788

Steve Scruggs, President- LEDC

Steve Scruggs is President of the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC), a private, non-profit organization with approximately 135 member companies. Steve has been with the LEDC over 29 years. The LEDC’s primary role is to create jobs and capital investment by attracting new companies as well as facilitating the expansion of existing companies in the Lakeland area. Steve’s responsibilities at the LEDC include; Board of Directors, Budget, Catapult, Investor Relations, High Skill High Wage, City Visits, Angel/Venture Capital, Government Affairs, Media Relations, Community Presentations, Existing Industry, LE’s Large Customers & Infrastructure.  Email Steve

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Laura Taylor, Vice President Operations- LEDC

Laura Taylor is the Vice President of Operations for the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC), a private, non-profit organization with approximately 135 member companies. Laura has been with the LEDC over 11 years. Laura’s responsibilities at the LEDC include; Manager of the Office & Facilities, Administration, Finance & Accounting, LEDC/Catapult Financials, Data Base Development, Demographics, Research, City Visit Administration, Board Meeting Agenda’s and Set-up, Annual Meetings, Workforce Development, Event Coordinator, IT & LEDC’s Website.  Email Laura

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Ashley Cheek, Business Development Director- LEDC

Ashley Cheek is the Business Development Director of the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC). Ashley join the team in May 2016 and was previously a Property Representative Manager for Publix Super Markets Real Estate Department in their Lakeland headquarters. Ashley interned with the LEDC in 2011 & 2012 and is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Email Ashley

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Joy Davis, Office Manager- LEDC

Joy Davis is the Office Manager of the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC). Joy’s responsibilities will include: Manager of the Office & Facilities, Administration, Data Base Development, Demographics, Research, City Visit Administration, Board Meeting Agenda’s and Set-up, Purchasing, Website Manager & Event Coordinator. Email Joy

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Meg Bellamy, Executive Director- Catapult Lakeland

Meg Bellamy is the Executive Director at Catapult, a place where entrepreneurs can flourish and develop ideas that result in growing businesses in Lakeland. Meg’s responsibilities at Catapult include; Budget, Advisory Board, Community Relations, Mission & Vision, Staff Training, Dashboards, Annual Reports, Investor Relations, Membership Relations, and Programs. Email Meg

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Anna Marie Smith, Membership Director-Catapult Lakeland

Anna Marie is the Membership Director for Catapult. She provides organizational effectiveness for Catapult through membership management, policies, resources, operations of the facility, and connection to the community of entrepreneurs. Anna Marie is also responsible for managing all technology and resources dedicated to creating the best user experience for entrepreneurs. Email Anna Marie

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John Kazaklis, Program Director-Catapult

John Kazaklis is the Program Director for Catapult. His primary focus is to create educational opportunities for Catapult members and the community through the facilitation of workshops and courses. The goal through these initiatives is to help entrepreneurs get to the next level in their business by going through the proper training that is needed. John will also develop the current mentorship program and create a social media strategy plan for Catapult. Email John

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Christina Graham, Executive Director- YLakeland

Christina started with the LEDC as a Catapult intern in 2014. After graduating from Southeastern University, Christina continued with Catapult as the Assistant Director before transitioning to YLakeland, a recruitment and retention initiative for college students and young professionals, full-time in the fall of 2015. Christina is responsible for the ongoing development of the YLakeland website, a resource for what’s happening in the Lakeland community. She also plans and coordinates several programs at YLakeland including: Summer Leadership Program, a leadership development program for interns and new hires, as well as Welcome Wednesday, a custom Lakeland tour offered to prospective high-level recruits from local companies. In addition, she oversees the soft skills training program in partnership with Fullbridge, and is planning the implementation of an internship program beginning in the fall of 2017. Email Christina

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Ashley Foss, Marketing Director- Lakeland

Ashley Foss joined the team in 2016 as the Marketing Director for YLakeland. She is responsible for the comprehensive creation and development of YLakeland’s marketing strategy and marketing initiatives. Ashley is responsible for developing fully integrated marketing campaigns & the development of key partnerships. She is responsible for the Ambassador Program and manages brand ambassadors at each of the universities located here in Lakeland. She continues to identify new ways to collaborate with local leaders and key stakeholders within the community. In addition to her YLakeland efforts, Ashley also handles the content development and creation of the monthly LEDC Newsletter as well as designated promotional efforts in preparation for the launch of Catapult 2.0.. Email Ashley

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Victoria Cooke, Programs Intern

Victoria Cooke started with the LEDC as intern for Catapult in the fall of 2016. She  transitioned to YLakeland intern and will soon fill a staff position as the Program Director for YLakeland. In this role, Victoria will be responsible for the operational success of all programs from ideation to implementation. She will coordinate and run the Summer Leadership Program, a leadership development program for interns and new hires with a focus on retaining young professionals in Lakeland. She will also work alongside YLakeland’s Marketing Director on two programs, Campus Ambassador and Campus Blitz, which focus on connecting local college students to our community. In the future, she plans to create additional programs to further YLakeland’s mission to recruit and retain talent. Email Victoria