Top 3% Best City to Start a Small Business

2nd Fastest Growing City in the U.S.

Best City for Young Entrepreneurs

Who We Are

Our team of dedicated leaders and professionals is committed to creating a vibrant and sustainable economy for North Port. North Port Economic Development comprises a mix of industry veterans and dynamic innovators. They bring together a variety of backgrounds in business development, business attraction, urban planning, economic strategy, and public service.

Vinnie Mascarenhas – Economic Development Manager

With over 20 years of experience working in local, state, and federal levels of government and in the private sector, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Under her leadership, the Economic Development Division works to ensure North Port has a thriving economy and remains hugely attractive to anyone looking to locate or relocate their business to the Southwest Florida region.

Phone Number: (941) 429 -7027 | Mobile: (941) 302-4971

Michael McLellan – Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator

With approximately 20 years of living, working in our region, and raising a family here in North Port, Michael ensures our City's businesses have the resources necessary to deliver services, grow and expand.

Phone Number: (941) 429-7024 | Mobile: (941) 740-3025

City Manager A. Jerome Fletcher II, ICMA-CM, MPA

“As City Manager, I can say with certainty that North Port is pro-business, pro-development, and prepared to welcome your project to our City. We represent 104 square miles of opportunity for developers and site selectors settling in Southwest Florida.”

Why Reach Out to Us


Investment Opportunities:

Are you looking to invest in North Port or establish a business here? We can provide guidance and assistance.


Partnerships and Collaborations:

We’re always looking to work with partner organizations, educational institutions, and municipal bodies to bolster the City’s economic growth.


Economic Data and Insights:

Looking for economic data, trends, or insights about North Port? We can help you understand the local economic landscape.


Community Initiatives:

Are you a member of the North Port community with an idea for an initiative or project? Let’s talk about how we can work together to bring it to life.

Community Economic Development Advisory Board (CEDAB)

North Port Economic Development also houses the staff liaison to the City’s Community Economic Development Advisory Board (CEDAB). This board advises the Commission on business and economic development and issues of importance to the North Port business community and citizens. This board meets monthly at North Port City Hall.

Interested in joining? Click here to check for CEDAB vacancies.