As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we are delighted to promote the next virtual engagement in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation, featuring keynote speaker Secretary Kevin J. Thibault. During the 2019 Legislative Session, a forward-looking piece of legislation created the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance, otherwise known as the M-CORES program.
The M-CORES program's intent is to address how future multi-use/multi-modal corridors could enhance the state's infrastructure and help meet the needs of our growing population, revitalize rural communities, encourage job creation, and enhance regional connectivity while protecting and preserving Florida's natural and historic resources.
On behalf of the 2020 selection committee, GrowFL is pleased to announce the 2020 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honorees!
The GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch awards celebration is brought to you by Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.
This annual awards program celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. GrowFL received more than 400 nominations and announced in August, 82 finalists, from which the top 50 were selected for this year’s award.
These award-winning companies have not only proven significant growth in the past several years, but also anticipate future growth, have demonstrated innovation in strategies and processes, and contribute to the communities in which they live.
Bob Turk is retiring after spending over 37 years of his career in the field of Community and Economic Development, including working as the director of two countywide chambers of commerce in Georgia and Alabama, several business and economic development organizations, and as a manager with the Tennessee Valley Authority (a quasi-governmental utility partnership encompassing seven states) for 15 years.
Bob is retiring from the City of Sanford after serving as the Economic Development Director for almost 8 years. Prior to joining the City of Sanford, he was the Economic Development Director for the City of DeLand and the Vice-President for Business Development for the Daytona Beach / Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, and Director of the Business Development Partnership. Mr. Turk was responsible for the recruitment of new business to the region and assisted in the expansion and retention of existing businesses within the region.
In 2000, Bob was selected as the Project Manager and first Associate Director for the Disney / SBA National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) in Orlando, where he coordinated the programs of all inbound international clients and visitors. He previously served as Director for the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission in both Osceola and Seminole Counties, and the first Economic Development Director for Seminole County, where he was the liaison between county government, local and state economic development agencies, and business and industry. He was responsible for facilitating the retention and expansion of existing businesses and for the attraction of new business to the Central Florida region.
Bob has been very involved in international relations and trade initiatives in Central Florida for over 25 years. He was instrumental in establishing twinning relationships and coordinating trade programs with governmental entities and grassroots organizations in Spain, Ireland, and South Africa for Seminole County. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Council of Central Florida and WorldOrlando, where he currently serves as President, for over 15 years.
Bob is a graduate of the American Chamber of Commerce Institute. Over his long career, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Economic Development Council and the Southern Economic Development Council.
FEDC wants to thank and recognize our two newest member organizations - the City of Wilton Manors and Hendry County EDC.
Also, thanks to the following organizations that renewed their FEDC membership in Q2:
Seminole County Government
Hardee County Economic Development Council
Tampa Bay EDC
Sumter County Economic Development
City of Wilton Manors
City of Tavares
Hendry County EDC
CareerSource Palm Beach
Economic Development Council of Sarasota County
Hillsborough County Economic Development
CareerSource Research Coast
City of St. Cloud
Visit Central Florida
City of West Palm Beach
Pasco County Board of County Commissioners
City of Tarpon Springs
CareerSource North Florida
City of Tamarac
Bradford County Development Authority
Tampa Bay EDC Wraps Up Another Great Year
On October 29, the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council (EDC) held its 2020 Annual Meeting virtually with a live stream presentation. The organization, which is the lead economic development agency for Tampa and Hillsborough County, had an excellent year in spite of COVID-19 thanks to the support of its Investors, community, and businesses that firmly believe that Tampa is the best place for their future growth.
In the fiscal year 2020, the Tampa Bay EDC secured 20 new projects that yielded a total of 2,620 new jobs and a whopping $595 million in capital investment. Many of these jobs are being filled virtually right now - a testament to the business community's ability to swiftly adapt to our new reality and keep Hillsborough's economy moving forward.
One of the Tampa Bay EDC's most exciting FY2020 recruitment success stories is Drift. Elias Torres, the tech company's founder and CTO, emigrated to the United States as a teen and settled in Tampa. He graduated from the University of South Florida. After launching his successful startup in Boston, he couldn't wait to expand Drift in his hometown and is eager to promote Tampa as a technology hub to the rest of the world.
Speaking of videos, as mentioned in our last newsletter you can check out our webinar pagefor highlights from the Future of Florida Forum regarding our Florida 2030 Goals.
Paychecks for Patriots
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Florida National Guard, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and participating Florida employers are partnering with CareerSource Florida’s 24 local workforce development boards to connect veterans with great careers in their communities. The annual statewide hiring events for veterans and military families – Paychecks for Patriots – will be held Nov. 4 - 21, 2020.
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration that brings together business leaders, career seekers, labor, educational institutions, and other critical partners to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. NAW also provides apprenticeship sponsors with the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. The week-long celebration highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries. NAW will be held on November 8-14, 2020.