BRADENTON – Sharon Hillstrom, president and CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC), announced staff promotions at the private, not-for-profit organization that leads economic development for the Bradenton area’s nine communities located on the south side of Tampa Bay.

MAXWELL STEWART Vice President, Economic Development

Max Stewart has been promoted to vice president of economic development. Stewart, who joined the EDC in 2017, will oversee the EDC’s functions related to business relocation and expansion.

LAUREN KRATSCH Senior Director Business Relations

Lauren Kratsch has been promoted to senior director of business relations. Kratsch who joined the EDC in 2003, will lead the organization’s proactive engagement with local, established businesses to ensure the EDC is providing the resources companies need to succeed in Manatee County.

ELIZABETH CORDES Director of Investor Relations

Elizabeth Cordes has been promoted to director of investor relations. Cordes, who joined the EDC in 2018, will oversee investor recruitment and engagement.

KIRSTEN LOVETT Social Media & Events Manager

Kirsten Lovett has been promoted to event and social media manager.  Lovett, who joined the EDC in 2019 will be responsible for the creation and execution of the EDC’s events and social media strategy.

“I am proud of the individuals we have recruited and retained, and the teamwork they demonstrate as we continue to diversify the Bradenton area economy,” Hillstrom said. “Our approach to economic development requires creativity, strategic thinking and a strong work ethic – qualities that our team exemplifies daily.”

About the Bradenton Area EDC

The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is the lead economic development organization for the Bradenton area’s nine communities located on the south side of Tampa Bay. The EDC works to diversify the local economy by attracting and retaining high-wage jobs for area residents and connecting established businesses to the resources they need to succeed. Information:  BradentonAreaEDC.com.



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