About the Economic Development Division: Working to grow and diversify North Port’s economy
Ruth Buchanan, MBA, CEcD
Economic Development Program Manager
Ruth Buchanan started working as the division manager for the City of North Port in March 2010 and since then has helped lead North Port from the Great Recession and plans to expand and diversify the City's economy. Her responsibilities include directing the department's efforts in business attraction and retention while acting as a frequent liaison to local economic and commercial organizations. To make North Port a more prosperous city she partners with local leaders in real estate, banking, government, and economic and community development.
Randy L. Welker, CEcD, EDFP, JD
Randy Welker joined the City in March 2016. As North Port's Business Advocate he assists in the permitting and the approval process of new firms and industries, while providing assistance to the city's existing businesses. Under his watch the City is implementing an ambitious Business Retention and Expansion program, thereby ensuring the overall health of the local economy.