Bradley's Ben Dachepalli Named General Counsel for Tampa Bay Economic Development Council
Bradley is pleased to announce that Ben Dachepalli has been named General Counsel for the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council (EDC). The EDC’s board approved the new slate of 2023 executive officers, including Mr. Dachepalli, at its annual meeting in October.
As general counsel for the EDC, Mr. Dachepalli will provide strategic support and legal advice to the organization’s leadership, furthering the EDC’s new mission of advancing a diversified local economy that is beneficial to all by attracting, expanding and retaining quality employers, a talented workforce and investment.
Mr. Dachepalli is a partner in Bradley’s Tampa office who litigates complex construction claims regarding contract disputes, construction defects, design errors, surety bonds, insurance, and construction liens, and negotiating construction-related agreements. He also advises clients on construction licensing matters and defends them in administrative proceedings against their construction licenses. Mr. Dachepalli is board certified by the Florida Bar in Construction Law and has served as national coordinating counsel for a large, publicly traded REIT for projects across the United States.
A former board member of the Construction Industry Licensing Board for the State of Florida, Mr. Dachepalli has also served on the Tampa Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, giving him experience and engagement with local government entities regarding construction issues and projects. He is a past chair of the Indo-U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Tampa, and a member of the American, Hillsboro County and Florida bar associations.
The Tampa Bay EDC is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy through the attraction, retention and expansion of high-wage jobs and capital investment within targeted industry sectors, including corporate headquarters, financial and professional services, information technology, life sciences, defense and security, distribution and logistics, and manufacturing.