SARASOTA -- A Tampa economic development administrator will become the new president of Sarasota’s Economic Development Corporation in June, the EDC’s board announced today.
Mark Huey, 53, was chosen over five finalists after a five-month search to replace Kathy Baylis, who will retire in June.
“Mark is a consummate economic development professional with a proven track record,” said EDC Vice Chair Benjamin Hanan. “His familiarity with Sarasota County as part of the Tampa Bay region will be an asset.”
Huey helped bolster residential developments in Tampa’s downtown, serving as the city’s lead negotiator for two $500 million mixed-use redevelopment efforts.
He also was deeply involved in Tampa’s international outreach, with key roles in trade missions to Mexico, Panama and Canada, and service on the mayor’s Global Business Development Committee.
Prior to serving as Tampa’s economic and urban development administrator, Huey was chief operating officer at Metropolitan Ministries and chief financial for the Tampa Housing Authority.
“I look forward to joining the outstanding team of leaders from across the community who are working hard to diversify and grow the local economy,” Huey said. “Together, I know we can build an even more vibrant business climate and expand job opportunities for Sarasota County residents.”