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Congratulate Mike Myhre as Departing SBDC Network CEO

Over the past ten years, I’ve had the distinction and honor to lead and stand alongside some of the best and most dedicated professionals and partners. More importantly, I’ve created memories and built friendships that will last a lifetime. That is why it is with a heavy heart that I share the news of my resignation as CEO of the Florida SBDC. My resignation will be effective Monday, October 5, 2020.

Regretfully, it is impossible for me to personally thank each of you for believing in me and supporting me throughout my journey. To you I will be forever grateful, and hope that from this video you will understand the depth of my gratitude and the lasting impact you have created in my life. I’ve been truly blessed - the people of the Florida SBDC and America’s SBDCs will forever hold a special place in my heart. 


Members Feature in Florida Trend 500

The following FEDC members were honored as part of Florida Trend's Top 500
  • Kelly Smallridge - BDB of Palm Beach County
  • Mark Wilson - The Florida Chamber
  • Craig Richard, CEcD - Tampa Bay EDC
  • Gray Swoope - VisionFirst Advisors
  • Lynda Weatherman - EDC of Florida's Space Coast
  • Bob Swindell - Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
  • Michael Finney- The Miami-Dade Beacon Council
  • Kevin Carr - FloridaMakes
  • Frank DiBello - Space Florida

Member Feature

 Duke Energy

  • Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte – one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. serving 7 states to include electric and natural gas infrastructure.
  • Duke Energy Florida’s Regional Headquarters is in downtown St. Petersburg.
  • They serve 1.8 million customers in Florida with service territory spanning 13,000 square miles throughout central and North Florida communities.
  • In Florida, they own a diverse generation mix of natural gas, coal and renewables, providing about 10,200 megawatts of owned electric capacity.
Duke Energy – Commitment to Our Customers
  • Duke Energy is investing an estimated $1 billion to construct or acquire a total of 700 MW of cost-effective solar power facilities from 2018 through 2022 in Florida, and planning for another 1,500 MW of solar generation through 2028.
  •  Duke Energy Florida is investing $115 million in a 50 MW energy storage pilot program. Through this program they have announced energy storage projects in Alachua, Columbia, Gilchrist, Gulf, Highlands, and Pinellas Counties.
  • Duke Energy is advancing electric vehicle infrastructure in Florida and will install, own and maintain over 500 EV charging ports, providing opportunities for road and non-road electrification, and investing up to $8 million and create EV education and awareness.
  • Power Up - they are in phase 2 of a multiyear program to improve the grid and provide greater protection from storm damage. Duke Energy Florida will invest $6.5 billion through 2026, a 10-year commitment to support this effort.
Duke Energy Site Readiness Program

The Duke Energy Site Readiness Program began in 2005 in North and South Carolina and Duke Energy Florida implemented the program in November 2012 following the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger.

The Site Readiness Program is intended to identify, assess, improve and increase awareness of industrial sites in Duke Energy service territory, as well as to advance the state of readiness of these sites. These studies are conducted by nationally recognized site selection consultants who evaluate the sites and provide a final report on recommendations for the properties. To date, 34 properties have been evaluated in Florida.

In December 2013, their Duke Energy Foundation provided a grant to Enterprise Florida, Inc. for $120,000 to support the identification of optimal raw land sites well suited for light and heavy industrial development across 23 Florida counties. Through a geospatial analysis, called Strategic Sites Inventory(SSI) facilitated by Leotta Location and Design (LL+D), the program identified an initial 112 properties about half of which were Duke Energy served sites. This program has resulted in the discovery or validation of primarily industrial and some commercial properties throughout many Florida counties.

The program considers transportation and energy infrastructure, cultural and community impacts, wetlands impacts and environmental permitting considerations as well as site configuration and parcel assembly. SSI started as a feeder program for Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program and similar programs around the state providing necessary information to best prepare for competitive site selection project opportunities. The SSI program has identified over 1,200 potential properties throughout Florida, with the support of other investor owned utilities since 2014.

Most recently, Duke Energy has been named a Top Utility Economic Development program in the US for the 16th consecutive year by Site Selection Magazine. The Economic Development program has also been recognized by Southern Business and Development Magazine.

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Share your Success!

Florida Economic Development professionals, please let us know about your success stories as well. We want to spread the good news!

Provide the details and links to share on our contact us page.

Thanks to our Renewing Members

The following members renewed recently:
  • Pinellas County Economic Development
  • EDC of Florida's Space Coast
  • Osceola County Economic Development Department
  • Jackson County Economic Development Committee, Inc.

See your fellow FEDC Members

Check out the updated list of FEDC Members via a sortable spreadsheet or downloadable pdf.

Save the Dates

Save the dates for these upcoming board meetings:
  • EFI - September 30th, 9:00 - 12:00. 
  • CSF - October 1st, 8:30 - 12:00
  • FEDC - October 2nd, 2:00 - 4:00

Event Calendar

Check out these and other important events on our events calendar.
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