FEDC kicked off our new fiscal year this month. There are several "new year" activities we are working on and want to share with you. First, we just sent out dues renewals for FY2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015). Thank you for your continued membership!
We also ask that you take a moment today to notify us of any changes in the members that are part of the FEDC member list. We want to be sure we have the most up-to-date information to ensure accuracy and that everyone is receiving our emails and newsletters.
Finally, as many of you heard during the FEDC annual meeting in June we are embarking on many more opportunities for education this coming year. In order to plan our trainings with stakeholders and partners, we will be sending out a member survey next week. The survey will also be placed on our website. It will only take few moments to respond. Your input lets us know what you would like to see in the way of training in your particular regions as well as providing additional information to the Board. We appreciate your participation!
Palm Beach and Broward County featured in National Association of Counties Workforce Publication
There is mounting agreement among economists, policymakers and researchers that in order for local communities, counties and regions to stay competitive in a global economy, workers need to be educated, highly skilled and quickly adaptable to fast-paced economic trends. Such a workforce will help support current and future business and industry needs while enhancing employment opportunities and quality of life for residents. This National Association of Counties Workforce Publication showcases county-level strategies in workforce development by highlighting four counties (including Palm Beach and Broward counties) that are aligning workforce development with economic development efforts to sustain a competitive and healthy economy.
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Florida's Growth Industries Employment Projections
Florida's Growth Industries Employment Projectionsare forecasts of future employment levels for industries and occupations in Florida. The Long-term Employment Projections program provides estimates of current and projected employment by industry and occupation for eight years into the future. The projections also include rankings of the fast-growing industries and occupations in Florida. These data are produced for the state, Workforce Regions, and counties with employment greater than 100,000.
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USAA investment in Hillsborough County helps meet the needs of military families
USAA has operated in Florida for more than 40 years. With 2,000 employees in the Tampa area, USAA is one of Tampa Bay’s largest employers. Because of the company’s long-standing relationship with the State of Florida and Tampa Bay community partners, USAA chose to expand in Florida with the construction of a new large-scale facility in Tampa.
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IEDC Education Scholarship for Professionals Working in Distressed Communities
If you work in a distressed community and are interested in pursuing professional development opportunities, we have an opportunity for you. Through the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund, IEDC is proud to award four scholarships to economic development professionals (two IEDC members and two nonmembers) working in distressed communities to attend an IEDC education course of the recipient’s choice.
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FEDC 2015 Business Plan Available for Download
Established in 1964, The Florida Economic Development Council is a statewide membership association that includes economic, workforce and community developers. Its membership of nearly 400 public and private professionals includes representation from Florida s sixty-seven counties, more than 400 cities, 24 regional workforce regions, 28 colleges, 12 universities as well as utilities, ports, airports and industrial authorities. Through conferences, workshops, and other events, membership provides an opportunity to promote networking and professional development opportunities as well as collaboration and alignment among state, regional and local entities toward the state’s economic vision.
Download the 2015 FEDC Business Plan