Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.
Lindsey Kimball, CEcD
Managing Director
Hillsborough County Economic Development Department

Lindsey Kimball joined the Hillsborough County Economic Development Department (HCEDD) in 2012. In her role as Managing Director, she oversees operations of the Department which include Corporate Development, Minority and Small Business Development, Competitive Sites and Redevelopment, Agricultural Development and Tourism Development. This includes assisting companies that are expanding or establishing operations in the County, supporting the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, increasing the utilization of minority businesses, and determining public investment in projects that increase the economic well-being of the County.

Prior to joining the HCEDD, she served as Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Infinity Global Solutions (IGS), a diversified economic-development and government-relations firm focused on commercial, industrial, retail, residential and transportation developments at the local, state, national and international levels. There she managed the economic development consulting practice of IGS, consulting with clients on strategic planning, identification of business targets, incentive and financing tools development, economic impact analysis, CRA studies and establishments, benchmarking and scorecard analysis, and facilitation of internal and community conversations.

Prior to IGS, Ms. Kimball was Business Development Chief for the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (JEDC) where she directed business recruitment, retention and expansion projects, downtown development initiatives and Cecil Commerce Center (former military base) redevelopment, and assists with overall strategy development for organization. In the past year, she was directly involved in the negotiation of and lobbying for a 25-year Master Developer Agreement with Hillwood, a Perot Company, to redevelop Cecil Commerce Center and invest approximately $1.3 billion in the site. For two consecutive years, her business recruitment projects won “Deal of the Year” from the Florida Economic Development including the recruitment of Deutsche Bank which added 1,000 new jobs and the recruitment of SAFT America which added 279 new jobs and more than $200 million in new capital.

Prior to joining the JEDC, Ms. Kimball held the title of Business Intelligence Officer for the Tampa Bay Partnership where she directed the Center for Business Intelligence, providing vital analysis and insight for marketing, business recruitment, public policy and leadership efforts. At the Tampa Bay Partnership, Ms. Kimball created the first “Regional Economic Scorecard” analyzing Tampa Bay and five competitor markets in five key economic driver categories. Prior to this, Ms. Kimball served with the City of St. Petersburg Economic Development Department and the Downtown Denver Partnership providing statistical analysis, marketing support and project management.

Ms. Kimball is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and holds an MBA from the University of South Florida, as well as, a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, both degrees with highest honors. Her work in the areas of economic development and marketing has been recognized through awards from statewide and regional economic development organizations. In 2010, she was named a “Top 20 under 40” in North America by the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network and a “40 under 40” in the Jacksonville region by the Jacksonville Business Journal. In 2011, the Northeast Florida Regional Council named Ms. Kimball as the “Outstanding Regional Economic Development Professional.”

She serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Economic Development Council board and is former board member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Jacksonville, Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) and the Jacksonville Humane Society Young Professional Group, the Pawfessionals. She is also a member of the IEDC and ULI.

On a personal note, she is a Tampa native who is thrilled to be back home, working to improve her community.