Chief of Staff
Staff and Program Management | CARES Act Point of Contact
Phone: ext. 31
Randy Deshazo supervises the planning and resiliency staff at the Council and manages the Economic Development District for the Tampa Bay area. The Economic Development District provides a wide range of services for its member governments, including visioning and visualizations, strategic economic development assistance and the award winning Economic Analysis Program.Through the Economic Analysis Program, Randy has conducted dozens of studies for local government and private sector partners across a wide range of topics. Examples of recent studies cover include: the economic and fiscal impacts of transportation investment, public health care, resiliency, and environmental studies. However, the program’s core focus is in economic development: firm expansions, industry cluster analysis and target industry studies. Several of these studies have received awards for analytical excellence from national organizations.With more than 20 years of experience in planning and economic development in California, Florida, and Illinois, notable projects Randy has directed include: community visioning, land-use/transportation nexus based greenhouse gas emission reductions planning, technical and statistical modeling, long-range transportation planning, and various freight studies such as supply chain and intermodal freight projects.A New Orleans native, Randy received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA from University of New Orleans, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan. Randy has been with the Council since 2014.