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FEDC Members to Speak at Florida Chamber Summit

On January 28 from 1 pm to 4 pm, the Florida Chamber will hold its annual Economic Outlook and Jobs Solution Summit virtually.

The event is presented by Duke Energy. FEDC Board Chair Marc Hoenstine, CEcD, Director of Economic Development for Duke Energy will join FEDC Past Chair Crystal Stiles, Sr. Director of Economic Development, Florida Power & Light and Florida’s Secretary of Commerce, Jamal Sowell in a discussion of Diversifying and Growing Florida’s Economy, moderated by Dane Eagle, Executive Director of DEO.
In a separate segment, Rose Fagler, Economic Development Manager, Weyerhaeuser and Co-Chair of the FEDC Florida 2030 Task Force, will share the work she and the task force are doing to help Florida grow from the 17th largest economy in the world to the 10th, with a specific focus on doubling the Rural share of Florida’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Her topic is titled “When Rural wins, Florida wins.”

You can register here.

FEDC Engages Florida Legislators in the Value of Reinstating QTI

On January 21 FEDC leaders hosted 44 legislators and staff in a dialogue about our state’s economic recovery and the vital role of economic development in Florida’s competitiveness and inclusive prosperity.

In an effort to support legislators as they work to help Florida residents and enterprises recover from the pandemic-related job and business losses, panelists explained the process of economic diversification through business expansion and recruitment in Florida’s target economic base industries.

They also discussed Florida’s competitiveness relative to other states, and shared tools, such as the recently expired Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program (QTI), that will aid in the state’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
Panelists included: 
  • Marc Hoenstine, CEcD, Duke Energy, FEDC Chairman, Director of Economic Development, Duke Energy
  • Beth Cicchetti, CEcD, Executive Director, FEDC
  • Craig Richard, CEcD, HM, President & CEO, Tampa Bay EDC
  • Senator Danny Burgess, District 20
  • Bob Swindell, President & CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
  • Representative Chip LaMarca, District 93
  • Jennifer Taylor, Vice President of Economic Development, Central FL Development Council
  • Corey Allain, Controller, Nucor Steel of Florida, Inc.
  • John Boyd, Jr., Principal, The Boyd Company
  • Joe Mayer, Director, Government Relations – FL, Lockheed Martin
  • Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce, President/CEO of Enterprise Florida
 A video of the virtual engagement can be found here. Please share with your legislative delegation.

Here is a sampling of the press coverage:

FEDC Welcomes 11 New Members in 2020-21

Lucienne Pears, Director of Economic Development for Babcock Ranch/Kitson & Partners and FEDC Vice Chair of Membership & Regional Strategies, is pleased to welcome the following new individual, agency, or sustaining members who have joined FEDC since July 2020.

“We have been working steadily over the past 18 months to increase Member engagement and it is showing.  We are thrilled to grow our ranks and expand our voice with this diverse group of new members who represent Florida communities, businesses, and industries who are committed to fostering economic recovery through job creation and capital investment.”

  • City of DeBary
  • City of Wilton Manors
  • DeSoto County Economic Development Office
  • Florida Harbor Pilots Association
  • Hendry County EDC
  • JEA (Jacksonville Electric Authority)
  • Orange Lien Data
  • Putnam County Chamber of Commerce
  • Space Florida
  • The Southern Group
  • Utilities Inc. of Florida

Professional Development Opportunities and Other Events

Keith Norden, President & CEO of Team Volusia, Florida Director to the Southern Economic Development Council, and FEDC’s Vice Chair of Professional Development is pleased to announce the opening of Registration and Hotel for the SEDC 2021 Annual Conference in Tampa, August 15-17. You can find the details and sponsorship opportunities here.

Check out these additional celebrations and courses:
GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Event on February 18th.

     • OU Economic Development Institute April 24-29.
     • IEDC Economic Future Forum June 6-8.
     • IEDC Training Courses (all are online for the foreseeable future)

Sustaining Investors and Partners




Enterprise Florida


CareerSource Florida


Space Florida


Duke Energy


Florida Power and Light

Gulf Power


The Corridor


Business Development Board of Palm Beach County


JAXUSA Partnership


University of Central Florida


Pinellas County Economic Development


Tampa Bay EDC


The Beacon Council


Hillsborough County Economic Development




Florida SBDC








Seminole Electric Cooperative


Florida First Capital Finance Corporation


Florida Realtors


Orlando Economic Partnership


Florida Trend


Expansion Solutions Magazine


Palm Beach County Government
Palm Beach County




Broward County Economic Development


Charlotte County Economic Development


Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance logo
Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance


Veterans Florida




CareerSource Northeast Florida


Orange Lien Data Logo
Orange Lien Data


Team Volusia


Babcock Ranch / Kitson Partners


The Southern Group


CareerSource Tampa Bay


Utilities, Inc. of Florida


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