Palm Bay Appoints Andy Anderson New Economic Development Administrator
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // May 16, 2015
ANDY ANDERSON STARTS NEW POSITION MAY 18
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – City Manager Gregg Lynk announced the appointment of Andy Anderson to the position of Economic Development Administrator.
He will begin working for the city on Monday, May 18.
Anderson served on the Palm Bay City Council from 2002-2007 and is currently 18 months away from finishing his final term as Brevard County Commissioner for District 5, a position he has held since 2008.
Anderson was selected through a competitive process that included an applicant pool of 24 candidates.
Anderson graduated from then Brevard Community College in 1994 with an associate degree in business administration and management.
“Andy has exactly what we need to grow the economy here in the city,” Lynk said.
“He is connected with the right people and resources on a local, regional national and international level to bolster existing businesses here and secure new and profitable growth for the long term financial prosperity of this area.”
He also studied organizational behavior at Rollins College.
Anderson served in the U.S. Army for three years and has more than 15 years of executive managerial experience in the private sector overseeing project management, business administration and operations including eight years as a financial controls manager for Johnson Controls.
“I have spent 25 years managing political affairs, local government administration, small business operations and large federal government contracts,” Anderson stated in his application letter.
“This experience has allowed me to develop exceptional skills in thinking on my feet, community outreach and public relations.”
Anderson played a critical role in the realization of the first phase of the new St. John’s Heritage Parkway which opened earlier this year.
Phase two is currently under construction and Anderson believes it is a critical component for future growth.
“We need these commercial corridors in Palm Bay and south Brevard,” Anderson added.
“I’ve been intimately involved with economic development in this region for the last 6 years and I’m excited about getting to work for the citizens of Palm Bay in moving forward with even more opportunities that will benefit the citizens and improve our quality of life.”
Anderson has lived in Palm Bay since 1993. He is married with three sons.