LEDC Overview


The Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC) is a private, non-profit organization with approximately 135 member companies. The LEDC’s primary role is to help create jobs and capital investment by attracting new companies as well as facilitating the expansion of existing companies in the Lakeland area.


Private sector funding makes up over 98% of the LEDC’s $1,060,000 budget.  The LEDC has four membership categories.  Annual dues for General Membership are $2,500, Board of Governors $5,000, High-Skill High Wage $10,000, and Founders $50,000.


Day-to-day operations at the LEDC are staffed by five full-time employees, and one to two interns at any given time.  The LEDC’s Board of Directors is made up of volunteer community leaders.


  • Retain & grow existing businesses, jobs & investment
  • Grow Targeted Industry Sectors
  • High-Skill High-Wage Employment Growth
  • Support Entrepreneurship & New Business Creation
  • Promote Infrastructure Development
  • Market Lakeland as a Premier Location for Business
  • Facilitate Partnerships to Enhance Growth
  • Foster & Develop Talent