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A message from the Executive Director

Recently at the invitation of Ryan Silva of NYSEDC, I joined my colleagues in New York, California, and Texas to discuss the world of economic development during a pandemic. Our session was moderated by Jeff Finkle, President & CEO of the International Economic Development Council. Jeff did a great job setting the stage for policies that affect the economic development eco-system of each state and we had a chance to address how you all have pivoted during these unprecedented times.

I was able to brag on how each of our members have supported their communities through the stages of Response, Recovery, Reimagining, and Re-employment. Some examples shared were the responsibility of FEDC members to develop and deploy small business CARES Act grant programs; the tremendous support of utilities to stand in the gap for marketing and project development as a result of this diversion; rapid adoption of new technologies to manage the project pipeline including virtual site visits; mapping of 17 FL Department of Education Career Clusters through CareerSource Florida Career Pathways and ultimately aligning with EFI’s Targeted Industry Sectors; the role and impact of online training and rapid credentialing.
We shared best practices in how we protect and develop important state and local policies to further job creation and capital investment. Ultimately we agreed that it is an ongoing task to educate elected officials and stakeholders on the role and impact of economic developers. 

Gurbax Sahota, CEO of the California Association for Local Economic Development, graciously shared open-source infographics helpful in telling the story of our daily work to improve local communities and elevate global competitiveness (see below). She reminded me to re-share the IEDC 2018 videos of WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE DO.

Similarly, we benefit from conversations with colleagues in the SEDC 17 southeastern states. Most of our time has been focused on evaluating virtual learning platforms and membership engagement. FEDC is thankful for your continued leadership and contributions through committees and task forces that are leading through the pandemic to protect the Future of Florida.
Carlton, Gurbax, Ryan, and I have pledged to stay in contact and are widening the group to Midwest EDO professional associations. Relationships are the heart of this profession and so important to our collective impact on economic prosperity. I encourage you to continue to grow your network and support each other through this pandemic.


Beth Cicchetti, CEcD


The Value of Economic Development

IEDC has also produced the video below on the value of economic development as expressed by members.

Separately, here’s the link to the promotional material  CALED created around the value of economic development. It’s downloadable and free to use. Here is one example.
To save the images first click on one of the thumbnail images to open to its full size. Then right-click to save it to your computer.

Florida DEO Activates Damage Assessment Survey in Response to Hurricane Sally 

In an effort to expedite the recovery process for businesses damaged by recent severe weather in the Florida Panhandle, the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and State Emergency Response Team have activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Sally. The program, managed by the DEO, will gather information through the survey from businesses affected by Hurricane Sally and share the results with various local, state, and federal agencies to implement appropriate disaster relief programs.

DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties. To access the business survey, please go here and select “Hurricane Sally” from the drop-down menu. Completed surveys will be used to determine which emergency support programs might be beneficial to aid recovery efforts in the area. Local, state, and federal officials will use this information to provide any needed assistance programs needed for recovery. 

Partners Offer Sponsorship Opportunities

GrowFL’s Florida Companies to Watch is a virtual event on November 12th. There are still opportunities for visibility for your companies and communities.

The USF IEDC Basic Course will be held virtually Nov 3 to 6, 2020. To support this vital program, please contact Kris Manning.

Their annual USF Basic Economic Development Course is occurring online this year.

View the course flyer.

Event Calendar

Check out other upcoming events on our events calendar.

FEDC Conference Sponsors

#FEDC2020 is presented by Enterprise Florida. Please thank our sponsors for making this one of a kind professional development opportunity (accredited by IEDC) and our new series of webinars possible.

Platinum Presenting Sponsor

Enterprise Florida

Diamond Sponsors

CareerSource Florida

Florida SBDC


Become a Diamond Sponsor today.


Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Duke Energy


The Corridor

Florida Power and Light

TECO Energy

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Bronze Sponsors

Central Florida Development Council

BDB of Palm Beach County

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Kitson Partners/Babcock Ranch

City of Coral Springs EDO


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Key Card Sponsor

Florida SBDC

Media Sponsors

Florida Trend

Expansion Solutions

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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

Lanyard Sponsor

Tampa Bay EDC

Exhibitor Sponsors

Veterans Florida

Florida SBDC at USF

Small Biz Podcast of FL / SBDC at IRSC

365 Degree Total Marketing

Pinellas County EDC

Contact us to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

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