“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 grew up in Lakeland, FL and graduated from Lakeland High School in 2004. After six years serving in the United States Air Force, Jake attended Western Kentucky University where he earned his bachelors degree in Entrepreneurship. He is currently attending Florida State University pursuing his MBA. Jake started his civillian career with the State of Kentucky and later with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. Missing the Florida life, Jake returned home in 2012 to continue his career in economic development. He joined the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation as Director of Business Retention and Expansion. His department oversaw corporate expansions throughout Tampa and Hillsborough County, FL. Since launching the Plant City EDC in 2015, Jake has helped announce over 50 economic development projects which generated 2,000 new jobs, $450 million in capital investment, and 8 million sq. ft. of new industrial real estate.
“Plant City is poised for growth,” says Jake Austin. “I look forward to working closely with our partners and investors of the Plant City Economic Development Corporation to continue building a stronger organization focused on securing Plant City’s future as a place to live, work, and raise a family.”