Volusia County Economic Development Adds New Recruit

by: Pat Kuehn

Volusia County Community Information

Volusia County Economic Development has hired Ricardi Calixte, a seasoned economic development professional, to join its team of specialists.

Her primary responsibilities will be to work with Helga van Eckert, Volusia County’s Director of Economic Development, to further enhance retention and growth programs for the business community with a focus on entrepreneurial orientation.

As a former deputy director of Queens Economic Development Corp. in Kew Gardens, New York, Calixte has taken the initiative to provide technical assistance to local business leaders and community development corporations in implementing neighborhood-based revitalization initiatives. He oversaw real estate research, feasibility analysis, business attraction, district marketing, merchant organization, and community outreach activities.

“Ricardi is a shining star in the economic development industry,” van Eckert said. “His successful experience with the Queens Economic Development Corporation will bring a wealth of knowledge to our team of professionals. We are delighted to have him on board.

Van Eckert added that Calixte has a passion for supporting entrepreneurship, business growth and expansion, and financial empowerment opportunities.

“I am thrilled to join the Volusia County Economic Development Team and work with all economic development stakeholders to support County residents and businesses,” Calixte said.

Calixte was drawn to Florida, and more specifically Volusia County, for its quality of life. A self-proclaimed foodie and sports enthusiast, you’re likely to notice him outside of the office as well, enjoying all that Volusia has to offer with his kids, Gabrielle and Justin.

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