Meet the Cape Coral Economic Development Office (EDO) Team
Dana Brunett, Manager, Cape Coral EDO
With more than 27 years’ experience, Dana Brunett has a wide range of experience in the economic development field, including multi-state community development, developing and managing small business lending, training and technical assistance programs for large, small and micro businesses. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is a recipient of the John J. Gunther Award for Creating Economic Opportunity from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and sits on numerous board and committees in Cape Coral and throughout Southwest Florida.
Nita Whaley, Business Recruitment/Retention Specialist, Cape Coral EDO
Nita Whaley has more than 25 years of experience in both large and small business lending, treasury management, business development, government finance, and nonprofit organizations. She holds an MBA and a B.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and an A.S. in Finance from Ball State University. She’s held a Certified Treasury Professional certification (CTP) from the Association of Financial Professionals since 2004. Whaley has won numerous awards for her business development efforts in banking and Volunteer of the Year Award from Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbus, Ind., where she served on numerous boards.
Karen Ramos, Business Development Specialist, Cape Coral EDO
Karen Ramos holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hodges University, graduating magna cum laude. She is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and obtained the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) designation. Ramos is a representative of the City of Cape Coral’s Wellness Committee and Employee Association, member of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, and community volunteer.