July 15, 2019 Speaker

Rick Homans assumed the position of President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership in November 2015, bringing more than three decades of experience in economic development, public policy and media to the organization.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Homans served as President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, the lead economic development agency for Hillsborough County. A native of Boston, Homans spent 32 years living in New Mexico, where he served in the cabinet of Governor Bill Richardson; first as Secretary of Economic Development and subsequently as Secretary of Taxation and Revenue. In 2004, Homans spearheaded the development of the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, and recruited the world headquarters of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to New Mexico. During his term as Secretary of Economic Development, He and his wife, Jan, live in Tampa and have two children, Parker and Henry.
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