The Nature Coast Business Development Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity contracted to handle economic development on behalf of Levy County and its eight incorporated municipalities. The organization looks to improve the quality of life for its residents by helping existing businesses grow while attracting others that support these businesses. Targeted industry includes: agribusiness/agritourism, aviation, financial, distribution, healthcare/medical, manufacturing, and transportation/logistics.
The Levy County Development Authority was created in 1985 through a resolution by the Board of County Commissioners. It operated under the provisions of Florida Statutes for the purpose of fostering economic development in the County.
Holding its very first meeting in November of that year, two members appointed to the LCDA — Doug King and Walt McJordan — later would serve on the NCBDC board until 2015.
Neal Benson was its first Executive Director, hired on a part-time basis in 1988; he was succeeded two years later by Debbie Beauchamp, who was succeeded by George Sandora in 1990. Sandora served for seven years.
The Levy County Economic Development Council was incorporated in 1990 “to promote orderly and beneficial economic growth and to provide input and lend support to any functions or projects of the Levy County Development Authority.” In May of 2001, the County Commission through another resolution created the Nature Coast Business Development Council, Inc. – merging the EDC and LCDA into one organization.
The mission of the NCBDC is to create economic prosperity in the communities it serves: Bronson, Cedar Key, Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Inglis, Otter Creek, Williston and Yankeetown. Through community partners and its staff, it assists new and expanding businesses with site selection, capital acquistion, business plan review, technical assistance, growth and expansion, staffing needs, marketing and more. Its Board of Directors enjoys pristine nature - miles of coastline, wetlands, preserves, forests, springs and abundant recreational opportunities - while ensuring responsible and desired growth occur. The Board is diverse as the landscape of the Nature Coast, with backgrounds that include Business management, economic development, education and real estate.