Melanie is the Program Administrator for the Office of Economic Growth and the Brownfield Program Manager for Pasco County. Prior to joining Pasco, Melanie spent over twenty years working in Planning, Community Development, Real Estate, and Economic Development organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She has proven results in project creation and management for federal and state grants, capital improvement programs, voluntary brownfield cleanup programs, and leveraging tax credit and bond financing for redevelopment projects. Melanie's experience centers on how connecting activities, private development, community development, and creative financing meant job creation for regional residents. In her role with Pasco, Melanie is responsible for the implementation of Pasco’s Economic Development Plan and the administration of the Jobs and Economic Opportunities Trust Fund (Penny for Pasco). This happens through facilitating partnerships between communities, property owners, and businesses to identify and encourage development, and redevelopment.
Performs a full range of professional and technical duties in support of the County's Office of Economic Growth, projects and programs. Assists with the analysis, coordination, and/or administration of economic development projects and programs, including initiatives within Planning and Development, the Office of Tourism and the Public Information Office. Maintains and analyzes economic trends and serves as a resource for tracking measures regarding economic development initiatives within the Board's Strategic Plan.