Cathy Chambers, JAXUSA Partnership senior vice president of strategy and business development, was honored with the prestigious Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year Award at the 2018 Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) Annual Conference on Tuesday. The award is given to one professional each year who exemplifies outstanding dedication and commitment to the field of economic development in the state.
The FEDC recognized Chambers as a leader of business development success and advocacy for the profession, the region and women in the field. During her tenure at JAXUSA Partnership, Chambers spearheaded efforts to attract more than 13,000 jobs and capital investment to the Northeast Florida region, including significant projects such as Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Macquarie Group, EY, Fidelity Investments and Adecco, among others.
“Cathy is a highly respected voice for economic development in the Northeast Florida region and the state,” said Jerry Mallot, president of JAXUSA Partnership and 1997 recipient of the Eunice Sullivan Award. “Many business decision makers and site consultants have recounted that they are drawn to the region because of Cathy’s professionalism, credibility and knowledge. She consistently impresses our clients resulting in their investment in the region which is good, not only for them, but also for our community.”
Chambers joined JAXUSA Partnership in 2002, serving in various roles until she was promoted to her current position in 2012. In this position, Chambers also oversees strategic planning, consultant relationship management, marketing strategy and partner relations.
About JAXUSA Partnership
JAXUSA Partnership, a division of JAX Chamber, is Northeast Florida’s regional economic development organization. Working with economic development partners in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns Counties; the independent authorities of JAXPORT, JAA, JEA and JTA; CareerSource Northeast Florida; and private-sector investors, JAXUSA Partnership markets the Northeast Florida region to recruit new companies and expand existing business to increase high-wage job growth, private capital investment and talent attraction.