The City of Groveland announced Dan Murphy, an international economic-development specialist with broad marketing experience, is the city’s new Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) manager and economic development project manager.
In his new position, Murphy will manage Groveland’s 1,000-acre CRA district, which includes all of historic downtown Groveland and generally runs along State Road 50 from east of Green Valley Boulevard to the city’s western border. Murphy will be responsible for physical improvements in the area and for driving economic development.
Murphy held a similar position at the City of Dania Beach, Fla., since 2013, and was the executive director of the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance and Highlands County Economic Development Administration prior to that. In 2015, he was honored for his leadership by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.
Murphy speaks five languages and enjoyed an international public-relations and marketing career with clients in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil that included Volkswagen, Reebok and MasterCard. He founded a public-relations agency that became the sixth largest in Mexico in less than three years and founded a marketing and public-relations agency in Buenos Aires that became the largest in Argentina within two years. His client list included Diners Club, Johnson & Johnson and Apple Computers.
In his early career, Murphy was vice president of Burson-Marsteller in New York City, where he helped attract $13 billion in foreign investment.
Murphy earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Arizona State University and his master’s degree in international management at the American Graduate School of International Management.