Florida High Tech Corridor Council
Ed Schons assumed the role of president for the Florida High Tech Corridor Council in 2017. He has been directly involved with The Corridor from its inception and remained involved through efforts to attract, retain and grow high tech, high wage industry and the workforce to support it. During that time he continued to serve as the Assistant Vice President for University Relations and Director of University Economic Development at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Schons retired from both positions on June 30, 2019.
As president of The Corridor, he led the unique economic development initiative anchored by UCF, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida with a mission to grow this tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship. As UCF Assistant Vice President for University Relations and Director of University Economic Development, he managed economic development for internal and external constituencies.
Prior to UCF he served as the Senior Economic Development Policy Manager for Florida Power Corporation (now Duke Energy).
Ed maintains key partnerships and relationships with economic development organizations in The Corridor and throughout the state of Florida. He has served as the Chairman of the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC), is a member of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida 2030 Executive Steering Committee, and is a delegate to the Enterprise Florida Inc. Stakeholders Council. He is a recipient of the Florida Chamber “President’s Award for Outstanding Service” and the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association’s “Leadership Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Community.” Ed also received the prestigious “Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional Award” from the Florida Economic Development Council for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to the Economic Development Profession.