Economic outreach director leaving for Mississippi post


Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.

After coordinating efforts that helped bring companies such as Mindtree and the Enterprise Rent-A-Car customer service center to Gainesville, David Ramsey is following his former boss to Mississippi.

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Ramsey is leaving as vice president of economic development for the Council for Economic Outreach effective Feb. 28 to become global business director for the Mississippi Development Authority.

Brent Christensen left as president and CEO of the Chamber and the council in June to become executive director of the MDA.

The Chamber said in a news release that Ramsey played an integral role in recruiting companies to the area such as Silver Airways and growing and keeping resident companies such as Prioria Robotics and RegisterPatient, among others, leading to more than 850 new jobs since 2010.

“David has been a tremendous asset for our economic development initiatives here in Gainesville, and his leadership has helped create numerous accomplishments for our area,” Chamber Chairman Mitch Glaeser said in a news release.

Ramsey, 31, coordinated with Enterprise Florida, local industry, the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, city and county governments and FloridaWorks to provide incentives and help with recruiting and expansion projects.

He started at the Chamber in 2004 after graduating from UF with a liberal arts degree.

“Gainesville is no longer just on the cusp of greatness in innovation and job creation. We are surely right in the middle of it, and I feel thankful and blessed to have had a small part of this success,” Ramsey said.

As global business director, he will manage recruiting efforts to bring domestic and international companies to Mississippi.

The Chamber said it will begin recruiting candidates for Ramsey’s replacement immediately. President and CEO Tim Giuliani will coordinate economic development in the interim.

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