Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
02:30 pm
21 March 2019

Groveland picks Dan Murphy to lead CRA and economic development

Dan Murphy. // Photo provided by city of Groveland

An economic development specialist with a long résumé of international experience will oversee the city of Groveland’s 1,000-acre Community Redevelopment Agency district.

Dan Murphy is the new manager of the CRA and economic development projects, the city announced in a news release. Dan will oversee the CRA district, which includes all of the historic downtown and generally runs along State Road 50 from east of Green Valley Boulevard to the city’s western border. He will be responsible for physical improvements in the area and for driving economic development.

Dan held a similar position for the city of Dania Beach since 2013, and previously was the executive director of the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance and Highlands County Economic Development Administration. In 2015, he was honored for his leadership by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

He speaks five languages and enjoyed an international public relations and marketing career with clients in Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil that included Volkswagen, Reebok, and MasterCard. Dan founded a public relations agency that became the sixth-largest in Mexico in less than three years, and founded a marketing and public relations agency in Buenos Aires that became the largest in Argentina within two years. His client list included Diners Club, Johnson & Johnson, and Apple Computers, the release states.

Early in his career, Dan was vice president of Burson-Marsteller in New York City, where he helped attract $13 billion in foreign investment.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Arizona State University and his master’s degree in international management at the American Graduate School of International Management.