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TREASURE COAST -- The Treasure Coast Education Research Development Authority, located in Fort Pierce and serving St. Lucie County and the Research Coast, announced the 2013 executive officers of its distinguished Board of Directors.
At a recent meeting, former board chairman Jose Farinos, Dean of Advanced Technology Division of Indian River State College, passed the gavel and leadership duties on to St. Lucie County resident and President of Adams Ranch, Mike Adams.
Taking on the responsibilities as the TCERDA board's vice chairman is Erik Melville, assistant superintendent and financial adviser at Melville Wealth Management of Raymond James and Associates and a University of Florida Senior Lecturer. Academic Program Marketing Coordinator Jane Bachelor was installed as the Authority Board Secretary, Stefan Matthes, P.E., a senior vice-president at Culpepper and Terpening, is the organization's Government Affairs Officer, and Hoyt "Pat" Murphy of Hoyt C. Murphy, Realtors, accepted a position as the Authority Board Treasurer.
In addition to the officers, the TCERDA Board is fortunate to have several active members who serve on a variety of committees to develop and recruit education and research-based inhabitants for the Treasure Coast Research Park. A long-term goal of the St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners is to transform the Treasure Coast into an area of research, education, and development.
Also serving on TCERDA's current board and offering a host of professional skills and expertise are Dr. Peter Stoffella, professor and center director for the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center; River County Management and Owner Travis Murphy; University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Facilities Planning and Operations Director Kevin Heinicka and Dr. Kathleen McGinn, assistant superintendent of Strategic Planning and Central Services for the St. Lucie County School District.
TCERDA's Board of Directors will implement St. Lucie County's master plan for the Treasure Coast Research Park, which calls for the creation of a 1,650 acre Research and Education Park located in St. Lucie County just off Kings Highway in Fort Pierce.
The mission of the Treasure Coast Education, Research and Development Authority is to create a legacy for Florida's future generations. TCERDA's top priority is to attract research organizations that will make an investment in commercial innovation and scientific research. The park will foster new businesses and new employment, the result of which will be a continual expansion of human intellectual capital.
As the organization's newest board chairman, Mike Adams brings a great deal of expertise and enthusiasm to the table. A lifelong resident of St. Lucie County and long-time member of the Indian River Citrus League Land and Water Committee, Mr. Adams also serves on several boards, including several on which he serves as the board president, such as the St. Lucie Farm Bureau, the Florida Braford Breeders, and the Treasure Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council. He is a member of the St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council, the St. Lucie County Everglades Restudy Committee, and the Foundation Board of Indian River State College.
With a passion to the area, its land and its potential, Adams is looking forward to the opportunity to help implement a world-class research and educational facility right here on the Treasure Coast through TCERDA.
The TCERDA board is appointed by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners. Anchored by the USDA's 170,000 square-foot Horticultural Research Laboratory and the 90,000 square-foot University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, St. Lucie County's Education and Research Park is home to more than 200 scientists, researchers, and educators.
For more information, call Ben DeVries at (772) 467-3107 or visit www.tcerda.org.