Ed Schons assumed the role of president for the Florida High Tech Corridor Council upon the re-tirement of Randy Berridge. 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. He will continue to serve as the Assistant Vice President for University Rela-tions and Director of University Economic Development at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
As Corridor president, Ed leads 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 entrepreneur-ship. As UCF Assistant Vice President for University Relations and Director of University Economic Development, he manages 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 Eco-nomic 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 Profes-sional Award" from the Florida Economic Development Council for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to the Economic Development Profession.