“Jake is very familiar with our community and has partnered with us in his previous role with the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation,” said Randy Larson, Plant City EDC Immediate Past Chairman. “Joining us as our CEO is a natural evolution of the relationship and a very strong fit for the Plant City Economic Development Corporation.”
After six years as a Staff Sergeant for the United States Air Force, Jake attended Western Kentucky University. With experience working for both the State of Kentucky and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Jake moved to Florida to continue his career in economic development. He joined the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation in 2012 as a Project Manager and, in 2014, was promoted to the Director of Business Retention and Expansion. In the last year, the department announced twelve expansion projects, representing over 3,200 jobs and $170M in capital investment.
“Plant City is poised for growth,” says Jake Austin. “I look forward to working closely with Randy Larson and the entire Board of the Plant City Economic Development Corporation to build a strong organization focused on securing Plant City's future as a place to live, work, and raise a family.”