Agriculture Economic Summit this week

County Extension Director David Dinkins is inviting Historic City News readers to a St. Johns County Economic Multipliers Summit this Thursday, November 19th.

A presentation will feature Dr. Ronald L. Clouser regarding the impacts of local economic sectors and their multipliers, using agriculture as an example.

The Agriculture Economic Summit will be held from 10:00 am until noon in the St. Johns County Auditorium, located at 500 San Sebastian View.

According to Dinkins, attendees may include one or more County Commissioners and members of the Tourist Development Council and Industrial Development Authority.

The Summit will address the economic activity generated from 17 basic economic sectors in St. Johns County including Agriculture, Natural Resources, Related Manufacturing & Services, Construction, Consumer Services, Education, Government, Health Care, Households, Information and Communications, Manufacturing, Professional and Technical Services, Real Estate and Financial Services, Retail Trade, Social services & Organizations, Transportation, Travel & Entertainment Services, Utilities and Wholesale Trade.

Special focus will be given as an example to the economic multipliers for 20 sub-sectors within the Agriculture, Natural Resource and Food Manufacturing industries.

Dr. Rodney L. Clouser is a Professor and Extension Program Leader in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida. His specialty is in Public Policy Extension education related to land use, natural resource policy and local government issues.

In Florida, Dr. Clouser has served as staff to Governor Bob Graham’s Taskforce on the “Future of Agriculture in Florida”, as well as advised state agencies such as the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Community Affairs, Revenue and Commerce.

Dr. Clouser is currently a Senior Fellow with the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) where he concentrates on educational training needs, publication of materials and policy analysis from a county government perspective.

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