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St. Johns County Announces New Director of Economic Development
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St. Johns County Announces New Director of Economic Development

Consistent with the County Commission’s primary goal of increasing economic development, St. Johns County is pleased to announce Melissa S. Glasgow has been hired as the County’s new Director of Economic Development. Glasgow will work closely with the Chambers of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority and other established local and regional groups to attract new businesses to St. Johns County, as well as support existing businesses.

Glasgow was selected for the Director of Economic Development position after a nationwide search and substantial interview process. A native of Florida, she comes to St. Johns County with extensive experience in economic development and business retention, most recently serving as the Director of Economic Development in Flower Mound, Texas, within the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.

Throughout her twenty-year career, Glasgow also has held positions with the Fort Worth and Denton Chambers of Commerce, the City of Carrollton (Texas) and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida, graduate studies in public administration at the University of North Texas and a graduate certificate from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

County Administrator Michael Wanchick is very pleased to add Glasgow to the County’s professional staff. “St. Johns County is fortunate to recruit someone with Melissa’s credentials,” he said. “Adding a director with Melissa’s background and experience will allow the County to implement a sustained economic development recruitment and retention effort that will help to accomplish the County Commission’s goal of reducing the tax burden on residential property owners.”

Glasgow is also excited to be part of a public/private partnership to be recruiting businesses to St. Johns County. “St. Johns County has so many wonderful assets conducive to business such as the top-ranked school system in Florida, a strong transportation infrastructure network and educated workforce,” she said. “Blend those attributes with our beautiful natural resources and dynamic quality of life, and we have a highly desirable product to showcase to corporate executives considering expansion or relocation.”

The hiring of a Director of Economic Development is the latest step taken by St. Johns County to increase economic development, the number one goal of the County Commission. Some of the other business-friendly actions taken in the past several months include:

  • Reduction of non-residential impact fees
  • Revised concurrency requirements, which improved the development review process
  • Land Development Code revisions, leading to enhanced business-friendly zoning categories
  • Improved expedited permitting process
  • Approval of incentive packages for recent projects

Anyone who would like to discuss economic development is encouraged to contact Melissa Glasgow at mglasgow@sjcfl.us or (904) 209-0552.

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