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finally decided on making Daytona Beach its new home, post-Texas, after considering more than 100 site proposals. The main reasons? The lure of a public-private partnership between the LPGA, the City of Daytona Beach and Consolidated-Tomoka Land Company, plus support from the State of Florida, provided Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner the unique opportunity to make a significant economic impact and raise the overall profile of the LPGA and the local community through the development of a new LPGA International golf facility and the construction of a new LPGA headquarters to support its growing organization. The LPGA, simply by establishing its global operations in Daytona Beach, has become one of the biggest drivers of the local economy and a source of diverse professional talent for the area. With over 100 team members housed at its Daytona Beach headquarters, the impact on the community also reaches into civic and philanthropic engagement. The LPGA prides itself on its five ‘Family Values’: For Women of Golf, Play it Forward, An Open Book, Act Like a Founder and Role Reversal. These values have led to the LPGA regularly supporting a variety of important initiatives and causes in Volusia County with many LPGA team members donating their time, expertise and resources to sit on local civic and charitable boards and support community activities. Among those organizations which have benefited from the LPGA’s presence in the area are United Way, Easterseals Florida, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Daytona, FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, Volusia Young Professionals Group, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Volusia County, The Conklin Center for the Blind and Halifax Humane Society. D AY T O N A I C E A R E N A L O G O S H E E T LPGA staff members lend a helping hand to Habitat for Humanity “The LPGA is very proud of our home in Daytona Beach and our contributions to the growth and development of Volusia County,” said Kathy Milthorpe, LPGA Chief Financial Officer and former Chairman of the Daytona Regional Chamber. “Since relocating to the area, our business has grown from primarily a U.S.-based golf tour to a global operation that is dedicated to providing women with the opportunity to pursue their dreams in the game of golf at both the professional and amateur levels. And while expanding the game of golf for women is our primary focus, we are equally committed to supporting Volusia County and the development of a prosperous and vibrant community.” Mark Lamport-Stokes is Director of Public Communications for the LPGA. He has worked as a golf writer/broadcaster for the past 30 years in the United States, Britain and South Africa, covering the PGA, LPGA, European and Sunshine Tours. Most recently, he was golf correspondent for Reuters. Corporate Partner Program 50% OFF ADMISSION AND SKATE RENTAL For your employees at any Public Skate Session TO LEARN MORE OR SIGN UP YOUR COMPANY TODAY 386-256-3963 groupsales@daytonaicearena.com daytonaicearena.com/corporate-groups Daytona Ice Arena also offers CORPORATE OUTING PROGRAMS WITH: » Skate Options » A Variety of Meeting Spaces | 32 | EVOLVE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MAGAZINE » Cellys Sports Pub » Thaw Zone Cafe