Host Ruth Buchanan
Ruth A. Buchanan, MBA, CEcD
Economic Development Program Manager
City Manager’s Office
City of North Port
A native of Manila, Philippines, Ruth joined the City of North Port staff in March 2010 and is currently the City’s lead economic developer. Ruth views herself as a problem-solver and a win-win-win solution seeker. She accomplishes this by masterfully bringing together various points of views and interests and finding a way to satisfy stakeholders’ needs and optimally address stakeholders’ wants. Achieving this “environment of doing” includes bridging the gap between public and private enterprise especially concerning improving the overall business climate in the one of the region’s fastest growing and youngest cities.
Ruth’s business and economic development background includes international experience. She is a certified economic developer by the International Economic Development Council, and holds an MBA via a joint program between the International University of Japan and the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth University. She enhanced her international experience by also attending the Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom, and working as a management consultant in Tokyo. Her undergraduate was in economics and political science from the University of the Philippines. She brings a diverse experience from finance, economics, international business, solar energy, and sales and business development.
Leading the charge for one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and one of the youngest cities in the state, she understands the implications and the exhaustive requirements of bringing meaningful and sustainable growth to North Port. The economic development strategy currently employed by the City entails targeting and recruiting industries that resonate with the City’s young demographics – such as innovation and technology, sports tourism, lifestyle, entertainment, and connecting with the global economy.
In an effort to diversity the City’s economy, Ruth in also part of a team involved in an intensive and comprehensive policy change to re-write the City’s Unified Land Development Code, to allow the land use and zoning regulations to better accommodate light industrial and manufacturing users to locate and thrive in the largest city of the metropolitan statistical area, and recently the 10th in the US for job growth per Forbes.