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Leadership Headshots and Bios

Ken Atwater, Ph.D.

Chair

President, Hillsborough Community College

 

 

Dr. Ken Atwater serves as President of Hillsborough Community College.

 

Founded in 1968, HCC is currently the fifth largest community college in Florida, serving more than 46,000 students annually at its five campuses and three centers. HCC offers more than 160 academic programs, including 18 associate in arts tracks and 140 workforce programs. HCC has an annual budget of over $215 million, employs more than 2,500, and has an annual economic impact of over $1 billion.

 

Atwater currently serves on the board of directors of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Tampa Bay, the 1844 Council of the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the MOSI National Board and the CEO Council. Atwater is Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges and on the board of the Presidents’ Round Table of African American CEOs.

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Craig J. Richard, CEcD

 

President & CEO

 

 

Craig J. Richard, CEcD, is President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the designated lead economic development organization for companies seeking to expand or locate in Hillsborough County, Florida.

 

Richard is a certified economic developer with over two decades of economic development experience in fast-growing markets such as Atlanta, Houston and Dallas. He is a collaborative leader with strengths in marketing, business development, entrepreneurial development, workforce development, global commerce, strategic planning, and managing talented teams to achieve desired results. Richard’s career highlights include more than 209 successful projects representing more than 148,000 jobs and $8.3 billion in capital investment.

 

Prior to assuming the leadership role of the Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Richard served as President and CEO of Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s official economic development authority. Earlier roles include serving as President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), the regional chamber of commerce, and as Chief Economic Development Officer for the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). He has also held leadership positions at Hawes Hill Calderon LLC, Arlington (Texas) Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Regional Chamber, Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the City of Richmond, Va.

 

Richard earned his master’s of urban and regional planning degree, with a concentration in economic development, from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s of general studies degree from the University of Houston-Downtown. He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma and has attended executive education programs at Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. Richard currently serves on the Governance Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as the Secretary/Treasurer. He was also designated as a “Fellow Member” by IEDC in 2015 for his contributions to the Economic Development profession.

 

Richard is married with two children. In his spare time he enjoys golf, hunting and cycling.

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Leadership Headshots and Bios

Ken Atwater, Ph.D.

Chair

President, Hillsborough Community College

 

 

Dr. Ken Atwater serves as President of Hillsborough Community College.

 

Founded in 1968, HCC is currently the fifth largest community college in Florida, serving more than 46,000 students annually at its five campuses and three centers. HCC offers more than 160 academic programs, including 18 associate in arts tracks and 140 workforce programs. HCC has an annual budget of over $215 million, employs more than 2,500, and has an annual economic impact of over $1 billion.

 

Atwater currently serves on the board of directors of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Tampa Bay, the 1844 Council of the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the MOSI National Board and the CEO Council. Atwater is Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges and on the board of the Presidents’ Round Table of African American CEOs.

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Craig J. Richard, CEcD

 

President & CEO

 

 

Craig J. Richard, CEcD, is President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the designated lead economic development organization for companies seeking to expand or locate in Hillsborough County, Florida.

 

Richard is a certified economic developer with over two decades of economic development experience in fast-growing markets such as Atlanta, Houston and Dallas. He is a collaborative leader with strengths in marketing, business development, entrepreneurial development, workforce development, global commerce, strategic planning, and managing talented teams to achieve desired results. Richard’s career highlights include more than 209 successful projects representing more than 148,000 jobs and $8.3 billion in capital investment.

 

Prior to assuming the leadership role of the Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Richard served as President and CEO of Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s official economic development authority. Earlier roles include serving as President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), the regional chamber of commerce, and as Chief Economic Development Officer for the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). He has also held leadership positions at Hawes Hill Calderon LLC, Arlington (Texas) Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Regional Chamber, Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the City of Richmond, Va.

 

Richard earned his master’s of urban and regional planning degree, with a concentration in economic development, from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s of general studies degree from the University of Houston-Downtown. He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma and has attended executive education programs at Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. Richard currently serves on the Governance Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as the Secretary/Treasurer. He was also designated as a “Fellow Member” by IEDC in 2015 for his contributions to the Economic Development profession.

 

Richard is married with two children. In his spare time he enjoys golf, hunting and cycling.

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