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Economic development coordinator joins UWF Haas Center

The University of West Florida Haas Center for Business Research & Economic Development announces Allison Tyler as economic development coordinator effective November 2014. In her new position, Tyler will oversee implementation of the Town of Century’s economic development strategic plan.

Tyler’s position was created as part of a recent economic development agreement between the Town of Century and the Haas Center.

Allison Tyler

“We are very happy to have Allison on board to lead the implementation of the Town of Century’s economic development strategy,” said Dr. Brice Harris, co-director of the Haas Center.  “There are quite a number of challenges and opportunities besetting Century, and with those comes the need for a seasoned professional to coordinate the various actors who have a role to play in increasing the standards of living for all of Century’s residents. Allison’s background is well-suited for her to lead these efforts, and we look forward to all the good that will come of this partnership between UWF, Escambia County and the town.”

Tyler comes to the Haas Center from Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, where she had served as communications associate since 2013. Before that, she worked as community needs director for the United Way of Charlotte County in Port Charlotte, Florida, as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. There she oversaw the completion of a comprehensive communitywide needs assessment and participated in initiatives that included a community health improvement plan and a 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join the Haas Center staff and look forward to working with the Century community towards implementation of the economic development plan,” Tyler said.

Tyler earned a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.