Ed Schons is retiring after after 42 years in ecnomic development, the last two as president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.

Schons has been with the Corridor for several years, taking over after former president Randy Berridge retired. His four decades in the profession includes the positions of Assistant Vice President for University Relations and Director of University Economic Development at the University of Central Florida, which he is retiring from. 

He also worked for Florida Power Corporation as the Manager of Economic Development.

His statement, which he emailed Thursday, says: 

Good evening,

 I wanted you to be among the first to know that after 42 years in economic development, including the last 18 years at the University of Central Florida and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, I have made the decision to retire effective June 30.

I can truly say I’ve been blessed to do what I love, and I have worked for and with some of the brightest minds in industry and higher education in pursuit of a better economy for Florida, anchored by a diverse business base that creates high-wage, high-value jobs for Floridians. I will always be proud of the work we were able to do to this day through the Florida Chamber of Commerce with Project Cornerstone and the development of its Six Pillars that continue to drive economic progress in our state to this day.

Now it is time that I devote more time to being with the best boss I’ve ever had … my lovely wife and partner, Jacki, who has supported me every step of the way. 

I know that The Corridor is in good hands as our Co-Chairs (the Presidents of UCF, USF and UF) focus on succession and finding the next leader for this great organization. 

I have been honored to have been an active partner with The Corridor since its inception – and to have worked closely with founding President Randy Berridge, succeeding him at the helm the last two years. 

And I am grateful to all of the leaders like you who believe in our mission to grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it. 

I may be retiring but I won’t be going away so I look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for your friendship and all you do to make our region such a great place. 

 With many thanks for all your support.