Charlotte County Change Agents: The Future is Now

APA Florida Chapter, Promised Lands Section


Friday, December 2, 2016
8 a.m. - noon EST

Punta Gorda, FL, United States

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Strategically located between Fort Myers and Sarasota, Charlotte County set a course to diversify its economic base and diversify its residential product mix. Those efforts have paid off – this program will introduce you to the key change agents investing in Charlotte County.  Babcock Ranch and Murdock Village mixed use projects are moving forward, Western Michigan University will begin offering classes in fall 2017 beginning with Aviation and Supply Chain Management, and the Punta Gorda Interstate Airport Park provides certified sites and pre-permitted spec building plans to attract targeted industries. Punta Gorda Airport offers commercial flights to over 30 locations throughout the US. Charlotte County’s landscape is changing – don’t miss the transformation. The future is now!


Speakers will discuss long-range planning efforts to implement economic development and mixed-use redevelopment strategies, public-private partnerships as a catalyst for redevelopment and revitalization, and redevelopment/community planning.

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Todd Rebol

Mr. Rebol is a Vice President of Banks Engineering, a civil engineering and surveying company that focuses on land development and public infrastructure design. He is a second generation Floridian that was born and raised in Charlotte County. Mr. Rebol completed his first degree at Florida State University. He then ... Read More

Michael Grant

Graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Political Science and Suffolk University in Boston with an MBA Moved to Charlotte County in 1988 and bought a small medical transportation company with 7 part time employees. Ambitrans currently operates in 5 counties and has over 250 employees. Michael Grant was ... Read More

Ron Struthers

Ron Moved to Florida from Canada in 1985 to work with General Development . Corp. Ron is 100 % committed to Commercial Real Estate Services and is actively involved in Consulting, Investment Sales, Leasing and Brokerage of Real Estate in SWF . Ron earned his CCIM designation in November of 2002. He has ... Read More

Rick Severance

In his role as President of Babcock Ranch, Rick brings over twenty years of experience in community development, organizational utilization and financial performance to the Kitson & Partners team. Prior to joining Kitson & Partners, Rick was the SVP of Planning, Development and Operations for the St. Joe Company and previously the ... Read More

Lucienne Pears

Lucienne grew up in Binghamton, a small blue collar town in upstate New York. After graduating from Seton Catholic High School, she quickly headed south for college, graduating from Salisbury University in Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Lucienne’s first few years of professional ... Read More

Don Schrotenboer

President and CEO of Private Equity Group Donald R SSiena Heights University – B.A. in Hotel, Restaurant and Hospitality Management Member, Florida Gulf Coast University Lutgert College of Business Advisory Council Member, Urban Land Institute and Florida Land Council 15 years of experience in sustainable land development and strategic asset ... Read More

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