Economic Development Council announces new chair, vice chair

Dr. James A. Thomas has been elected to serve as the chair of the Economic Development Council (EDC) of South Miami-Dade.

Founded in 1992, the EDC is a public/private not-for-profit organization. Its overall objective is to implement an economic development program that will foster a positive image for the community, attract new businesses that create quality jobs for residents, while diversifying and strengthening the economic base consistent for the future of South Miami-Dade.

Thomas is the CEO of Computer Systems and Software Inc. and holds a master’s and doctorate in Business Administration.

At the EDC, Thomas’ position as chair will be to support the expansion and retention of existing business, to increase the overall economic vitality of the communities, and to attract new diversified business and employment to the area.

Peter England has been elected to serve as the EDC vice chair.

England previously served as director of government relations with Camillus House, and was the chief marketing officer for both Florida Power and Light and Florida Federal Savings. England held elected office as vice mayor of St. Petersburg.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and has done post-graduate work at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York. He is a 26-year resident of Palmetto Bay.

England is eager to team with Thomas and the board members of the EDC to create new beginnings for 2012.

For more information about the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade, call 305-378-9470 or go online to

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