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FEDC Virtual Engagement Series - Building Florida Recovery & Resiliency Through Worker Upskilling

Join FEDC and CareerSource Florida on June 23rd from 12-1:30 PM as Florida workforce, economic development, and education leaders come together for a virtual event hosted by FEDC. We have watched the impacts of COVID-19 on our workforce, education, and economic development systems; and have witnessed innovation across the state. With historical unemployment levels and stresses to Florida’s small businesses, brick-and-mortar classrooms have been transformed into digital environments, and new approaches in learning, teaching, and providing services have emerged.

The need for diversification in employment is critical. Providing a rapid response and recruiting recently displaced workers is a priority for the entire workforce system.

The Florida Department of Education, in partnership with CareerSource Florida, has worked to identify in-demand, short-term certificates and credentials and map their alignment to Florida’s targeted industries. All of these efforts are focused on helping displaced workers re-enter the workforce as quickly as possible.

Typically, targeted industries have not been linked to specific training programs. However, this initiative has identified 142 short-term training programs, 89 of which were mapped to the Health Science, Manufacturing, Finance, Transportation, and Information sectors in an effort to connect dislocated workers with resilient career pathways and strengthen Florida’s economic diversification.

This research will add to our collective efforts to address Florida’s future needs and answer the questions before us:

  • What changes will stay?
  • How will Florida’s education, economic development, and workforce systems evolve in the age of COVID?
  • What are the career pathways that enable Floridians to upgrade their skills and learn new ones so they can move into good jobs in rebounding fields as the health crisis abates and the economy begins to recover?
  • How can public and private industry work together to support future jobs and support a solid economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic?
  • How can YOU get involved in upskilling your workforce in high quality, short-term, market-aligned credential programs tied to key sectors of importance?

Moderator: Kelly Smallridge, Chair, FEDC


  • Chancellor Henry Mack, Florida Department of Education
  • Michelle Dennard, President/CEO, CareerSource Florida
  • Jamal Sowell, President/CEO, Enterprise Florida
  • Frank DiBello, President/CEO, Space Florida
Register for the CareerSource Florida Webinar!

FEDC Annual Meeting

FEDC will hold the Annual Board of Directors and Membership meeting.

June 17, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Please register today for this virtual engagement. The agenda is as follows:

2 min          Welcome – Kelly Smallridge, Chair
3 min          May 2020 Financials – Suzanne Christman, CEcD, Vice-Chair of Finance
25 min        FY 2019-20 Overview – Kelly Smallridge, Chair

To include board member recognition
25 min            
  • FY 2019-20 Strategic Doing Report – Stuart Rogel, Graylan Ventures with support of Task Force Chairs
  • Resource Dev and Org Capacity – Marc Hoenstine, CEcD and Jennifer Taylor
  • Membership Growth & Engagement – Lucienne Pears
  • Advocacy & Communications – Michelle Bauer, CEcD
  • Florida 2030 – Rose Fagler, Weyerhaeuser and Doug Wheeler, FL Ports Council
10 min            
  • 2020 Nominating Committee Report – Kelly Smallridge, Chair
  • Nominating Committee Members (information)
  • FY2020-21 Regional Director Elections (information)
  • FY2020-21 Slate of Officers (Board action required)
5 min          Passing of the Gavel from Kelly to Marc
10 min        Remarks – Marc Hoenstine, CEcD, FY2020-21 Chair

To include Naming of Three Chair Appointments to the Board and One Chair Appointment to the Executive Committee
10 min             Q&A from the audience

Register for the Annual Meeting!

Event Calendar

Check out other important 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

Become a Silver Sponsor today.

Bronze Sponsors

Central Florida Development Council

BDB of Palm Beach County

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Kitson Partners/Babcock Ranch

City of Coral Springs EDO


Become a Bronze Sponsor today.

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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