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This Commission was established through the adoption of a legislative act in 1989, HB 984, Amending Chapter 67-1365, Laws of Florida providing for a change in the membership structure of the Pensacola-Escambia Development Commission (PEDC) with its purpose being to actively seek new industry for the area, and expansion of existing industries. It is responsible for promoting and developing Ellyson Industrial Park, and helps promote tourism and convention activities for the Escambia County area. The PEDC is composed of nine (9) members each of whom shall be a freeholder and a qualified elector of Escambia County. The PEDC shall consist of the following: Two (2) members shall be County Commissioners; one (1) member-at- large shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners; two (2) members shall be Pensacola City Councilmen; one (1) member-at-large shall be appointed by the City Council of Pensacola; one (1) member shall be a Century City Councilman; one (1) member shall be the President of the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce; and one (1) member, to be appointed by the President of the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce, shall be the Chairman of the Committee of 100 or the Chairman of the Tourist Advisory Council.

The term of office of each of the members, except those holding specific offices, shall be for a term of two (2) years; except initial appointments of one member of the Board of County Commissioners and one member of the Pensacola City Council shall be for one (1) year.

Financial disclosure required.


  • Dave Hoxeng, Chairman, ADX Communications, FloridaWest Board Appointee
  • County Administrator Steven Barry, District 5, Vice Chair, FloridaWest Board Appointee
  • Dr. Lusharon Wiley, Innisfree Hotels, Secretary-Treasurer, City of Pensacola Appointee
  • Councilwoman Allison Patton, Pensacola City Council Member Appointee
  • Councilman Charles Bare, Pensacola City Council Member Appointee
  • County Commissioner Jeff Bergosh, District 1, Escambia County Board of County Commissioners 
  • Century Mayor Ben Boutwell, Century Town Council Member Appointee
  • Lewis Bear, Jr., The Lewis Bear Company, FloridaWest Board Appointee
  • David Peaden, Home Builders Association of West Florida, Inc., Escambia County Appointee
  • Scott Luth, FloridaWest CEO
  • Richard Sherill, Attorney
  • Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund, Auditor
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