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Elijah L. Wooten, Jr.

Economic Development Administrator
City Of Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Elijah Wooten is the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Port St Lucie, FL. Elijah has over 25 years’ experience in economic development.  As the City’s Economic Development Administrator, he assists developers and general contractors navigate the City’s land development process and works with the Departments to streamline and expedite the site plan review and permitting process.  He also serves as the City’s economic development point of contact and works closely with the Economic Development Council (EDC) of St Lucie County. The City has been able to retain the expansion of City Electric Supply’s manufacturing and distribution facility in the Tradition Center for Commerce, attract Amazon’s Fulfillment Center and FedEx’s sortation facility. 
Prior to joining the City of Port St Lucie, Elijah Wooten served as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Lauderhill and worked closely with the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce to develop programs for small and minority businesses.  As former Vice President of Business and Industry with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Elijah has helped in the successful recruitment and expansion of Spirit Airlines, Andrx Pharmaceutical, JM Family Enterprises, CBS SportsLine and WTVJ Channel 6. 
Raised in Pompano Beach, Florida, Elijah is a product of the public school system and attended Coral Springs Elementary School, Pompano Middle School and Pompano Senior High School.  He graduated from Hampton University and received a B.S. in Marketing and a Master’s in Business Administration.  Elijah has been honored by Ebony Magazine as one of its “30 Leaders 30 and Under”, Atlanta Region of the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency as the “Minority Business Advocate” for the Atlanta Region and the South Florida Business Journal as an “Up and Comer” in 2001.  Elijah has served on numerous boards and committees such as the United Way of St Lucie County, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, National Forum for Black Public Administrators Treasure Coast Chapter, Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Metro Broward Capital Corporation and the Broward School Board Supplier Diversity Advisory Committee.  
Elijah’s first work assignment when he graduated college, was with the MBDA. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce – MBDA, we proudly honor Elijah Wooten as the MEDWeek 2021 Minority Business Advocate of the Year for Florida’s Treasure Coast. CONGRATULATIONS!