“Jake is very familiar with Plant City and has partnered with us in his previous role with the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation,” said Randy Larson, Plant City EDC Inaugural 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.”
Jake was raised in Central, FL and graduated from Lakeland High School. He joined the Air Force at 18 years old and served six years during Operations Iraqi & Enduring Freedom. After his service, Jake attended Western Kentucky University where he earned his bachelors degree in Entrepreneurship with hopes of starting a business. He is currently attending Florida State University pursuing his MBA. Jake started his career in economic development with the State of Kentucky and later with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. Desperately missing the Florida lifestyle, Jake returned home in 2012 and joined the Tampa Hillsborough EDC (Now Tampa Bay EDC) as Director of Business Retention and Expansion. His department oversaw corporate expansions throughout Tampa and Hillsborough County. Since launching the Plant City EDC in 2015, Jake has helped announce 60 economic development projects which generated 2,500 new jobs, $500 million in capital investment, and over 10 million sq. ft. of new industrial real estate.