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Christopher Edwards

Christopher Edwards

Director of Economic Development & CRA City of New Smyrna Beach - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Professional Bio

Throughout his nearly 15 year career, Chris has worked as a corporate strategist, economic development/ community redevelopment project manager, business and industry analyst, and a fiscally conservative public administrator to implement numerous public and private sector based value-added projects and programs. Chris has worked for the City of Leesburg, Marion County Government, and City of Tallahassee. Also, he has worked as a Commercial Real Estate Sales Associate with Structure Commercial Real Estate in Tallahassee.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida in 2005 and recently obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the award-winning and AACSB accredited University of West Florida in 2020. Chris is joyfully married to his best friend and wife (Lakeshia Mobley-Edwards) and enjoys spending time reading and enjoying leisure activities with his family and friends.
As the Director of Economic Development and CRA for the City of New Smyrna Beach, he enjoys working with community stakeholders, local business owners/commercial property owners, real estate developers and investors etc. to plan and complete business recruitment, retention, and expansion projects and programs as well as public infrastructure projects that facilitate an environment conducive for economic growth.

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Education:
University of Central Florida 2005 BA in Public Administration
University of West Florida 2020 MBA
Volunteer Work:
Stetson University Disruptive Leadership Advisory Board Member
Florida City County Management Association Member
Areas of Expertise
Commercial Development, Industrial Park Development, Retention/ Expansion, Speculative Building Development, Strategic Planning, Utilities, International Economic Development, Public Policy Issues, Financing