Our mission is to create jobs for Glades County residents, their children and grandchildren, by promoting new business recruitment and existing business retention and expansion while protecting the quality of life we enjoy here.

Glades County, by location, landscape and culture, represents the Heartland of Florida. Here, agriculture remains a primary industry for its residents, and its natural resources remain their playground. Unaffected by the dramatic growth of Florida’s coasts, Glades County has the rare luxury of planning for its future, so the best of it can be protected, and growth will have positive results.


Paul McGehee, Chairman
Glades Electric Co-op

John Ahern, Vice Chairman
Glades County Commission

Andrew Couse, Treasurer
First Bank



Mike Pressley

Glades County Schools

Shannon Hall
Glades Electric Co-op

Traci Thomas
Florida Community Health Centers

Kevin Hatfield
Gilbert Chevrolet

Teresa Bishop
Waste Management

Tommy Perry
Johnson-Prewitt & Associates

Joseph Charles
River Forest Yachting Centers

Patty Register

Joe Collins
Lykes Bros. Inc.

Jacob Eighner

City of Moore Haven

Paul Carlisle

Glades County Manager

Tracy Whirls

Executive Director, Glades EDC



The Board of Directors of the Glades County Economic Development Council meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the office of Glades County Economic Development Council, 998 South US Hwy 27, Moore Haven, FL 33471.


Our partners in economic development

·         Florida’s Heartland Economic Region of Opportunity

·         Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

·         Florida Economic Development Council


·         Enterprise Florida, Inc.