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Important new details on the Florida Economic Development Conference

Scarlett Phaneuf, CEcD – Conference Chair
Economic Development Representative
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
In an effort to provide an excellent in-person professional development event, we are excited to announce new dates for the FEDC 2021 Annual Conference, October 13-15 at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando.

I would like to thank our Conference Committee members and the Executive Committee of the Board for their leadership as we navigated this transition from May to October.

Additional thanks and recognition to our Platinum Presenting Sponsor Enterprise Florida and Diamond Sponsors CareerSource Florida, Florida SBDC Network and DCI for their unwavering support throughout the pandemic. 

All 2020 and 2021 registrations will be transferred to the new dates. To make hotel reservations, please use this link or the button below.

The 2021 Awards are being designed and presented by DCI and will include opportunities to showcase your creativity and innovation during the pandemic.

Details are below.

We look forward to seeing you in October and celebrating the strength and resilience of Florida’s economic development eco-system.

Scarlett Phaneuf, CEcD
Director of Economic Development
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
2021 FEDC Conference Chair

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Register for #FEDC21!

FEDC 2021 Marketing Award Categories


This year’s FEDC Innovation in Marketing Awards have a new look, new logo and new categories to celebrate original, creative ideas and campaigns.

Communities of all sizes and budgets are encouraged to apply as FEDC seeks to recognize organizations and professionals that find innovative ways to communicate with and attract key audiences from talent to new and existing businesses.

Category 1: Marketing/Public Relations Campaign (organic)

This award recognizes the marketing/public relations campaign or activity that was generated by organic efforts internally or in collaboration with a vendor with the common goal of promoting your community or organization to key audiences. 

Examples may include earned media, e-newsletters, member or partner communications, letter-writing campaigns, advocacy, etc.

Category 2: Advertising Campaign (paid)

This category is for all paid advertising campaigns – including digital, print, broadcast and beyond.

Showcase how your organization utilized your advertising budget to advance community messaging, perception and overall priorities.

Category 3: Website

Your website is your front door to your community – what does yours say about you and more importantly, how does it function?

This award will recognize websites that are not only appealing from a design perspective but also websites that work.

Category 4: Innovative Partnership Award (public-private)

How are you getting more bang for your buck?

This award recognizes a new* partnership or collaboration that aims to leverage the strength of more than one community organization to advance a common goal.

Examples may include partnerships among EDOs, private and public sector partners or academia.

*Partnership must have been established 2018 or later

Category 5: (NEW) The “Pivot and Persist” Award

2020 disrupted nearly everything in economic development and hit local businesses especially hard.

However, with crisis comes opportunity to innovate and pivot, staying true to goals under unprecedented circumstances.

This award is to recognize those EDOs who rose to the occasion and persisted, demonstrating dedication and commitment to the local economy and proved to be a critical resource during crisis and into recovery.

Examples may include crisis communications efforts, recovery campaigns, attraction campaigns and support of local employers and/or partners.

Best in Show: The Melissa Medley Creativity Award

This award will be chosen from all the submissions from category one through four as a “best in show” award.

In honor of our dear friend, Melissa Medley, who inspired so many of us to promote the state with enthusiasm and grace, this award recognizes a marketing activity or campaign that was creative, effective, and meaningful.

It's Time to Apply

The non-marketing awards are now open for applications.

It's time to apply for these awards:
Nominate a deserving recipient or yourself!

Take Advantage of Exhibitor Opportunities

Exhibitors, for the first time in a long time you can take advantage of in-person marketing and networking opportunities. The state's top economic development leaders are ready to see what  you have to offer.

Save a place in our Exhibitor Hall today!

Conference Sponsors

Platinum Presenting Sponsor

Enterprise Florida

Diamond Sponsors

CareerSource Florida

Florida SBDC


Become a Diamond Sponsor today.


Gold Sponsors

Kitson Partners/Babcock Ranch

Become a Gold Sponsor today.

Silver Sponsors

Veterans Florida

Duke Energy

The Corridor

Florida Power and Light

TECO Energy

Become a Silver Sponsor today.

Bronze Sponsors

Osceola County

Next Move Group

Central Florida Development Council

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

City of Coral Springs EDO


BDB of Palm Beach County

Become a Bronze Sponsor today.

Key Card Sponsor

Florida SBDC

Lanyard Sponsor

Tampa Bay EDC


Media Sponsors

Florida Trend

Expansion Solutions

Become a Media Sponsor today.

Conference Engagement Sponsor

Southwest Airlines

Turn-Down Service Sponsors

Become a Turn-Down Service Sponsors today.

EDO Sponsors

JAXUSA Partnership

Pinellas County Economic Development

Team Volusia

Miami-Dade Beacon Council

Exhibitor Sponsors

Florida SBDC at USF

365 Degree Total Marketing

Coastal Cloud

Contact us to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

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