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EDC of St. Lucie County brings on a new communications director
PORT ST. LUCIE—The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) announced Maureen Saltzer
as its first director of communications and outreach. Saltzer’s responsibilities will include external and investor communications, media relations, and marketing.
Saltzer joins the EDC team from her most recent assignment as bureau chief for the Treasure Coast Brief. Previously, she worked in a variety of communications, public affairs and public relations roles in St. Lucie and Martin counties. Saltzer was also the publisher and chief executive for daily newspapers owned by Freedom Communications in California, North Carolina and St. Lucie County’s Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie Tribune.
Long active with non-profit organizations, Saltzer has also had volunteer leadership roles with chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, Rotary International, United Way, arts and youth organizations, and is currently the treasurer of the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center’s foundation board.
“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to tell the EDC’s and our community’s stories in this new role.” said Saltzer.
“We had the pleasure of working with Maureen on a contract basis for several years. When she took the position with Treasure Coast Brief, we missed her valuable contributions to our communications efforts,” said EDC President Pete Tesch.
“With the growing interest in St. Lucie County as a great place for businesses to locate or expand, we have the opportunity to add a staff position and are delighted to add Maureen to the EDC team.”
Port St. Lucie councilwoman continues education
PORT ST. LUCIE—Port St. Lucie Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan recently celebrated her graduation from the Leadership Academy I. A course from the Florida League of Cities’ Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO), a premier educational program designed specifically for Florida’s elected municipal officials.
The Leadership I course is the third level of training offered through the League’s IEMO program. Developed in 2013, it focuses on leadership and is reserved for those municipal officials who have successfully completed the program’s first two courses.
“This course was an excellent way for me to continue to learn and grow so I do my best in representing Port St. Lucie’s citizens as our City continues to grow,” Councilwoman Morgan said.
Because of the course’s collaborative environment in which challenges and best practices are shared, graduates have access to new “tools” for addressing leadership challenges and finding solutions to local problems.
“Communities aren’t static, and neither is municipal government. They’re constantly moving, changing, and growing, which means our local leaders must do the same,” said Florida League of Cities President Tony Ortiz, commissioner for the City of Orlando.
“I applaud this class of graduates for taking the initiative to do just that be participating and successfully completing the League’s Academy I. It’s because of dedicated local leaders like them that we’re building stronger cities day by day.”
Kickstarter announced for clean oceans clothing line on World Oceans Day
MELBOURNE —The world’s first apparel line made of 100% recycled ocean plastic hit the market on June 8, 2021, World Oceans Day. Sea Threads is the brainchild of CEO and Founder Dylan Cross. Dylan began concepting Sea Threads while still a student at Florida Institute of Technology.
Each shirt is made from one pound of ocean plastic. The shirts themselves are being designed and produced in Florida.
“The best way to get plastic out of the ocean is to make sure there is a strong enough demand for products that can be made from it,” said Cross. “We are rolling up our sleeves, literally, here at Sea Threads, to make that happen.”
Their first run of product has already resulted in an estimated quarter-metric ton of plastic removed from the ocean. According to Sea Threads, all materials are certified for sourcing 100% ocean plastic by the Global Recycle Standard, NSF International, UL, and Zero Plastics Oceans in partnership with Oceanworks.
“Not only is this recycling,” said Cross, “Using Ocean plastic also removes the need for fossil fuels and energy in producing new plastic. With so much in our oceans why not put it to good use instead of continuing to make more?”
Additional environmental impacts include one tons of avoided carbon footprint (CO2e) and five hundred kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) avoided. Nearly one thousand five hundred and 25 million BTUs of energy were saved. The use of 171 gallons of oil were avoided and 203 cubic feet of landfill space was saved.
“I know that there are many others passionate about this issue and I’m excited to offer them the opportunity to be part of the solution. Sea Threads is much more than a shirt company. It is the start of a world-wide community effort to save our oceans.”
June 8, 2021, marked their first official launch and invitation to the public to join their efforts in a national Kickstarter campaign. Sea Threads outdoor performance shirts went on sale for $35 at Seathreads.co/kickstarter.
SBDC of IRSC adds marketing
specialist to the team
FORT PIERCE —Linda Gonzalez is an Indian River State College alumnus with a background in marketing and videography.
She will serve as IRSC Small Business Development Center's marketing specialist and associate producer of the podcast and weekly radio broadcast, Small Biz Florida.
Linda was born in Mexico and raised in Fellsmere, Florida. After graduating with an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Sebastian River High School she continued her studies at Indian River State College where she received a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Her skills are developed to support entrepreneurs with digital content, graphic design, video, and photography to help them tell the story of their business and brand.
"So proud and excited to be part of such an amazing team!" said Linda.
STUART — Join the Elliott Museum June 29, 2021 for an evening of classic cars, delicious food, and live music. All are welcome at this FREE all-ages event. Highlights include, more than 100 classic cars, local food trucks, reduced Elliott Museum admission, beer and wine selection (Ages 21+)
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