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The CareerSource Florida Network is Here for Your Business

As we continue to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and guide Florida to economic recovery and prosperity, we know many businesses are focused not only on their recovery goals, but how to continue growing in the long term.

The CareerSource Florida network is here to help Florida businesses recover and thrive. Helping businesses find talent and Floridians find jobs is what the CareerSource Florida network does every day.

Whether your business needs help recruiting specialized talent, hiring new team members, training existing employees or all of the above, CareerSource Florida can help. Our team of business and economic development professionals can offer expertise, funding and resources to help your businesses succeed.

Our workforce professionals are here to help you:
  • Recruit and hire – from virtual career fairs to candidate screening, we can help you find the talent you need.
  • Train and retain – we offer training grants for both businesses needing to train new hires and those needing to upskill their current staff.
Please visit to learn more about our services and locate your local team today.

Florida 2030

The Florida 2030 Task Force is meeting May 20, 10:00 - 11:30 ET, featuring Dr. Jerry Parrish, Florida Chamber Foundation. This task force has taken on three of The Florida Chamber's 2030 goals:
  1. Top state for gross domestic product and top quartile most diversified state economy
  2. Rural county share of Florida gross domestic product doubles
  3. 100% of regional economic development plans aligned with Florida 2030 goals
During this meeting, the Florida 2030 Task Force will divide into three working groups to address key areas to facilitate FEDC's effort to achieve each of the three goals.

If you would like to participate in the Florida 2030 Task Force, please contact Jill Blackman at

Many thanks to the following members who have volunteered to serve in these working groups:

Top State for GDP and Top Quartile for Industry Diversification
  • Doug Wheeler, Consultant
  • Ben Friedman, Pinellas County Economic Development
  • Zoraida Velasco, FloridaMakes
  • Jaksa Petrovic, Hillsborough County Economic Development Dept.
  • Crtistina Paredes, Leon County OEV
  • James Kohnstamm, Miami-Dade Beacon Council
  • Dave Gammon, Charlotte County Economic Development
  • Zoraida Velasco, FloridaMakes
  • Bill Fruth, POLICOM
  • Cliff Marvin, CareerSource Central Florida

Doubling the Rural Share of Florida's GDP
  • Laura DiBella, Harbor Pilots
  • Rose Fagler, Weyerhaeuser
  • Verdell Hawkins, Gulf Power
  • Amanda Starling, FloridaMakes
  • Richard Williams, Opportunity Florida
  • Roy Baker, Opportunity Florida
  • Diane Scholz, NFEDP
  • Tiffany Garling, Jackson County EDO
  • Jim McKnight, Gulf County
  • Zach Gilmore, Jackson County EDO
  • Jeff King, Highlands County ED
100% of Regional Economic Development Plans Aligned with Florida 2030 Goals
  • Jennifer Conoley, Florida's Great Northwest
  • Matt Chesnut, Space Florida
  • Maria Grulich, FloridaRealtors
  • Katherine Randall, City of North Lauderdale
  • Tom Krueger, City of Longwood
  • Dana Carr, Seminole County Government
  • Jim McShane, CareerSource Capital Region
  • David Rodriguez, Osceola County
  • Michael Chen, CRA of Dania Beach
  • Dan Murphy, City of Groveland
  • Robert Pierce, Hillsborough County
  • Aundra Wallace, JAXUSA Partnership
  • Javier Marin, Central Florida Development Council
  • Melanie Schmees, Collier County ED
  • June Wolfe, FloridaMakes

Membership News

FEDC Welcomes the Following New Members:
  • Teach for America
  • Nova Engineering and Environmental
Special thanks to our 4th quarter renewing members:
  • FloridaRealtors
  • City of Port St. Lucie
  • City of New Smyrna Beach
  • Florida's Great Northwest, Inc.
  • City of Ormond Beach
  • Tampa Port Authority
  • City of Gretna
  • Village of Indiantown

FEDC 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


Utilities, Inc. of Florida


Manatee County


CareerSource Tampa Bay
CareerSource Tampa Bay


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