About the Economic Development Division: Working to grow and diversify North Port’s economy

Ruth Buchanan, MBA, CEcD
Economic Development Program Manager
(941)429-7029 office
(941)628-7894 cell
(941)429-7079 fax

Ruth Buchanan started working for the City of North Port in March 2010. As the Division Manager she oversees the division and takes care of the administrative functions including managing the budget. She is primarily responsible for the Division’s programming. Business attraction and recruitment is her primary responsibility, working with various partners in real estate, banking, government, economic and community development, etc. 

Randy L. Welker, CEcD, EDFP, JD
Business Advocate
(941)429-7001 office
(941)374-8723 cell
(941)429-7079 fax

Randy Welker joined the City in March 2016. As the City’s Business Advocate he assists in the permitting and the approval process, as well as provides assistance to existing businesses in the city. Under Randy the City is implementing a full Business Retention and Expansion program thereby ensuring the overall health of the local economy.