Pete Tesch, President

Pete Tesch joined the EDC in September 2013 as Senior Vice President, as leader of St. Lucie County’s economic development operations and assumed the leadership role as President in January 2014.

Tesch, formerly the President of Peterson Hill Partners, LLC an economic development consultation and site selection company created by Tesch to serve businesses, communities and not-for-profits.  Tesch was the former President and CEO of Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation and responsible for assisting 106 new and expanding businesses create more than 9,000 jobs with an economic impact of more than $437 million.

Mr. Tesch was President and CEO of Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation from 1997 to 2012, during which time Forbes magazine and the Milken Institute ranked Ocala, Florida 8th and 13th, respectively, for job growth in the nation during 2006. Inc Magazine ranked Ocala 24th in the nation for Small Cities and 37th overall for the nation’s Best Places for Business during the same time frame.

Tesch most recently was selected as the 2012 Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year, at the 2012 Florida Economic Development Conference, for his outstanding commitment, talent and skill sets in economic development, both at the local and state level.


Jackie L. Bylsma, Assistant Vice President, Business Recruitment

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