After serving in the United States Air Force, Jake attended Western Kentucky University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration. 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 Director of Business Retention and Expansion. In his last year at the helm, his department announced twelve expansion projects, representing over 3,200 jobs and $170M in capital investment.
Contact Jake at JAustin@PlantCityEDC.com.