City Appoints New Economic Development Director
City Manager Michael Goodrum has named Kristi J. Bartlett the Economic Development Director for the City of Coral Springs.
A graduate of the University of Central Florida (UCF), Bartlett earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. With an expansive career in Economic Development, Bartlett had her first exposure to the industry while working at UCF within a division responsible for bringing the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute to Orlando. Of the experience, she says, “It was fascinating to see different partners work together, both public and private sectors from varying political parties, higher education and developers – all focused on the benefits to the community.”
That positive experience changed Bartlett’s career trajectory, which led her to work in high-level, Economic Development positions within Collier County for the past 11 years. These include the Economic Development Council, Board of County Commissioners and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. In her most recent position at the chamber, Bartlett served as Vice President, where she wrote and successfully obtained a $3.09 million grant to expand the machining program at a local technical college. In addition to leading the chamber’s public-policy program, Bartlett was responsible for planning and implementing the yearly program for Opportunity Naples.
In her new role as Director of Economic Development for the City of Coral Springs, Bartlett looks forward to assembling a steering committee to better understand the needs of the business community. She plans to immediately begin work on creating and implementing an economic development strategy for the City.
“Bartlett has the industry-knowledge, experience, vision and enthusiasm our business community and City needs. Her proven track record in retaining and expanding existing business, while attracting new companies is vital to our economy,” said Goodrum.
The new position has Kristi and her husband, Nathan, relocating from the west coast of Florida to Coral Springs with their three-year-old daughter, Logan. Of the move, Bartlett says, “The City is so family-centric, with so much to do. I look forward to exploring South Florida with my family.” In addition to learning more about our community, she and her family will enjoy the many restaurants located in Coral Springs. Just not on the evenings they dedicate to cooking together as a family – her toddler is one of a handful who has made pasta and gnocchi from scratch. A fan of physical fitness, Bartlett will have no problem finding a place to run or bring her daughter to play, among the City’s 49 parks.
Bartlett is a Certified Economic Developer and graduate of the Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program.
Director Kristi J. Bartlett’s begins her career with the City of Coral Springs on November 5, 2018.
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