FloridaWest Board Materials

FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance


Next Board Meeting:

There will be a meeting of the FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 1:30 pm at, Baskerville-Donovan 449 W Main St, Pensacola, FL 32502, first floor confrence room.

The change of venue reflects Hurricane Sally damage at Co:Lab.

Selection Committee Meeting:

There will be a meeting of the Designated Member Selection Committee of the FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors on Monday December 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM at FloridaWest 3 West Garden Street Suite 618, 32502.

Persons needing special accommodation to participate in these meetings should contact Sena Maddison with the FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance, in writing, at P.O. Box 1992, Pensacola Florida 32591, or at [email protected], by written request 48 hours prior to the event date. For more information, please call (850) 898-2201 or send an email to [email protected]


FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors Designated Director

FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance is seeking a volunteer for appointment as Designated Director to the FloridaWest EDA Board of Directors. This is a regular member of the Board of Directors and not a paid position.

The FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance was created in October 2014 when economic development was separated and moved out from under the present-day Greater Pensacola Chamber. FloridaWest EDA operates as a publicly/privately-funded organization, observing all local, state and federal laws that apply to nonprofit organizations as defined in section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code and Florida’s Government-in-the Sunshine Law and Public Records Act in Chapters 286 and 119 of the Florida Statutes, along with section 288.075 of the Florida Statutes.

The mission of FloridaWest EDA is to promote industry and commerce, enhance the business climate and stimulate economic prosperity, support workforce development, promote community development and encourage political action. FloridaWest EDA strives to accomplish the greatest good for the greatest number of people in Pensacola, Escambia County and Northwest Florida.

Diversity and Inclusion:

If we want to advance our community, we must ensure that Economic Development has the right people at the helm to provide vision, strategy, oversight, and leadership.

In Accordance with the FloridaWest Bylaws, criteria for consideration for the Designated Director must include the then-current Directors and how they reflect the socio-demographic composition of Escambia County:

Male 49%
Female 50.6%
Black / African American 23.3%
Caucasian 68.9%
Hispanic 5.9%
*2019 US Census

The current socio-demographic makeup of FloridaWest’s board is 92.69% White, 7.1% Non-White 21.42% Female and 71.42% Male. Special consideration will be given to those identifying as minority and women.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 30, 2020. Please respond with a letter of interest to

Melissa Stoker
[email protected]


FloridaWest Board Members:

  • Karen Sindel, President, Escambia County Appointee
  • Rick Byers, Vice President, Gulf Power Company
  • Ryan Tilley, Secretary-Treasurer, Escambia County Appointee,  
  • Rebecca Ferguson,  Pensacola Energy Appointee
  • David Bear, Lewis Bear Company
  • Donnie McMahon, City of Pensacola Appointee
  • Don Palmer, ECUA
  • Jim Waite, Baskerville-Donovan

Investor Level:

  • Dawn Rutledge, Ascension Sacred Heart
  • Ryan Greenhut, Greenhut Construction
  • Marcus McBride, CareerSource Escarosa
  • Dr. Ed Meadows, Pensacola State College
  • Dave Murzin, First Place Partners
  • Jonathan Tucker, Cox Business

Organizational Support:

  • Scott Luth, FloridaWest CEO
  • Margaret Stopp, Attorney
  • Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund, Auditor
’20-’21 Board Meeting Materials

December 1, 2020
October 20, 2020

August 25, 2020

For archived materials prior to 10/2019 please email [email protected] 

Organizational Materials