The merged agency is the Ocala / Marion County Economic Development Corp.
Elsewhere in Florida:
» Advisers to Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown are working on a reorganization plan that could eliminate the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission and its countywide role in negotiating financial incentives.
» Board members this fall abolished the Economic Development Council of Collier County in favor of a county-managed plan to attract and retain businesses. The region hopes to formalize a multicounty economic-development partnership for southwest Florida.
» The Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Development Council are tussling over how $4 million a year in bed tax money is allocated.
Scott says such efforts at regionalism, best embodied by central Florida's myregion.org, are likely to catch on post-recession. "It's an effort to find better alignment of various stakeholders — corporate and civic and economic-development — with limited funding."