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Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade – December 14, 2021 

PRESS RELEASE – Geri Grimes-Lewis Takes on Role of Executive Director for the EDC


Since September 1st, Geraldine Grimes-Lewis has functioned as the current Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade [EDC], a position formerly held by Peter A. England who now holds the position of Chief Strategy Officer. 


As Executive Director, Ms. Lewis will continue to implement the initiatives and goals identified by the EDC Board. The EDC Chair, Lisa Greer says, “Geri brings leadership, energy, and passion to the EDC that will take this organization to new heights.” 


With the addition of Geri as Executive Director, Peter England assumes the role of Chief Strategy Officer for the EDC. Peter’s long standing passion for economic development and his continued leadership with the EDC remains constant, as with his expertise and direction, we can continue to collaborate and strengthen the relationships we have with our local leadership.


On top of her roles as Executive Director for the EDC, Geri Grimes-Lewis has owned and managed her own company since 2019, Grimes Consulting, specializing in Compliance, Diversity & Inclusion. Before that she worked at a national construction company as Diversity & Inclusion Manager. She is a self-described “military brat”, an avid community advocate, spokesperson, volunteer, and business woman. 


Peter England is a 30+ year resident of the Village of Palmetto Bay. His experience in business, management, and development are extensive as Peter previously served on the EDC Board for a number of years. Also he was Vice-Mayor of St. Petersburg, FL and the Chief Marketing Officer at both Florida Power & Light and Florida Federal Savings.


The EDC would like to express the most sincere gratitude to Geri and Peter for their continued contribution to the EDC. With their help, the South Miami-Dade community can continue to grow and develop.

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About the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade [EDC]

The EDC of South Miami-Dade, originally called the Perrine-Cutler Ridge Council, was formed in 1993 soon after Hurricane Andrew devastated the southern portion of our county. Community leaders and local business owners began working together to bring a loud voice to our area to bring back its vital economy. Today, the EDC’s Mission is to provide support and advocacy to existing and prospective businesses and promote initiatives which bolster the vibrancy and sustainability of the South Miami-Dade region. The Vision of the EDC seeks to improve and advance quality of life, expansion of businesses and job creation through the implementation of projects that harness sustainability and resiliency through economic development, infrastructure improvements, education, and skilled workforce. The EDC continues its efforts in growing our communities together by collaborating with Private, Municipal, County, State and Federal agencies to assist in acquiring funding for the economic development efforts in South Miami-Dade. Further, the EDC is relied upon by its residents and community businesses as a vital link to resources, our government officials, and their offices to voice critical needs, quality of life issues and future economic development opportunities in our communities.


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