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The Florida Economic Development Council invites you to join us at our 2019 Annual Conference at the fabulous Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, May 20-22.  This year’s conference is shaping up to be the best yet, so don’t miss out on the premier economic development networking and professional development event of the year!

#FEDC19 will take place at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. Book your room today. Be sure to use the code FLEDC. Or call (866) 841-0287.  Rooms available under our room block are $159 plus 12% tax ($178.08 total) or $179 plus 12% tax ($200.48 total).

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Conference sponsorship opportunities are still available.  The brochure has the details.

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At a press conference held in the Florida Capitol, we announced the official dates for our inaugural Florida Economic Development Week campaign. Taking place February 11-15th, the campaign will highlight the significant contributions that economic development programs and professionals have on Florida communities and families.
Get the details on #FLEconDevWeek19

2019 Economic Development Legislative Bills of Interest

CareerSource Florida is tracking multiple bills related to workforce issues. Details on several bills and their status are provided below.
·    HB 367: Apprenticeship Programs - Requires DOE to provide annual report to Legislature & State Apprenticeship Advisory Council; requires department to provide certain information on its website; requires department to develop and manage Florida Apprenticeship Grant Program, subject to appropriation of funds by Legislature; authorizes certain registered program sponsors to apply for grant awards to help fund apprenticeship programs; requires department to perform certain duties related to apprenticeships. The bill is now in the Higher Education & Career Readiness Subcommittee. A similar bill, SB 522, has been referred to the Senate Committee on Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; and Appropriations.

·    HB 2107: FloridaMakes - Provides an appropriation. On meeting agenda this week: House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee. 
·    HB 3163: Hillsborough Community College - Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management: Provides an appropriation. The bill is awaiting committee assignments.
·    HB 3229: Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Outreach Program: Provides an appropriation. The bill is awaiting committee assignments.
·    HB 3317: Online Workforce-Based Adult High School Program for State of Florida Library System - Smart Horizons Career Online High School: Provides an appropriation. The bill is awaiting committee assignments.

Economic Development
·    HB 233: Sports Development - Repeals provision relating to state funding for sports facility development by a unit of local government, or by a certified beneficiary or other applicant, on property owned by local government. Now before the House Workforce Economic Development & Tourism Subcommittee. A companion bill, SB 414, passed the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
·    SB 178 Florida Tourism Marketing - Amending provisions relating to the Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation direct-support organization and the Division of Tourism Marketing of Enterprise Florida, Inc. The bill passed the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism. An identical bill, HB 6031, has been filed in the house.
·    HB 3349: Targeted Marketing Opportunities - Film Florida. Provides an appropriation. This bill is awaiting committee assignments.
·    HB 645: Disaster Recovery: Authorizes specified counties to levy discretionary sales surtax, etc. The bill is awaiting committee assignments. 
·    HB 2647: SEUS/Japan Association & Florida/Korea Economic Development Cooperative: Provides an appropriation. Pending before Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee.
·    HB 3085: CEDIA Violence Prevention & Economic Development Project: Provides an appropriation. Pending before Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee.
·    HB 191:  Northwest Florida Rural Inland Affected Counties Recovery Fund - Creates Northwest Florida Rural Inland Affected Counties Recovery Fund within DEO; requires certain payments to be appropriated annually to fund; requires DEO to grant awards to organizations & local governments for specified infrastructure projects & workforce programs; requires DEO to establish application procedure & prioritize projects & programs that meet certain requirements; requires DEO, in consultation with specified entities, to review & certify applications; exempts certain funds from reversion.
·   HB 481:  Opportunity Zones - Revives & renames Florida Enterprise Act as Florida Opportunity Act; revives & amends substantive procedures formerly related to enterprise zones; defines "opportunity zone"; provides mechanisms for opportunity zones to receive specified state incentives.
·   SB 298:  Rural Businesses - Creating the “Florida Rural Job and Business Recovery Act”; requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity to accept applications for certification as a growth fund beginning on a specified date; requiring the department to certify approved applicants as growth funds and to specify their required investment authority and investor contributions; providing that an investor who makes an investor contribution is vested with a credit against state premium tax liability; authorizing growth funds to request a written opinion from the department as to whether a business qualifies as a growth business, etc.
·   SB 596:  Regional Rural Development Grants - Specifying that the concept of building the professional capacity of a regional economic development organization includes the hiring of professional staff to perform specified services; increasing the maximum percentage of total infrastructure project costs for which the department may award a grant; providing that improving access to and availability of broadband Internet service may be included in a project that is eligible for rural infrastructure grant funds, etc.

Workforce Development
·    HB 89: Verification of Employment Eligibility - Requires employers to register with & use E-Verify system to verify employment eligibility of new employees; suspends employer licenses until registration with E-Verify system; provides for license reinstatement; prohibits employer from knowingly employing unauthorized alien; authorizes complaint to be filed with DEO; provides specified immunity; requires DEO to maintain public database containing certain information & make such information available on its website; authorizes injunctive relief; provides private cause of action & remedies; requires public employers, contractors, & subcontractors to register with & use E-Verify system for specified purposes; prohibits such entities from entering into contract unless each party to contract registers with & uses E-Verify system; authorizes termination of contract; authorizes challenge to such termination. Now in Workforce Development & Tourism Subcommittee. A similar bill, SB 164, has been referred to Senate Judiciary; Commerce and Tourism; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development; and Appropriations.
·    SB 640: Florida Business and Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund -Creates the Florida Business and Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund within the State Treasury, to be administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity; requires trust fund moneys to be provided to local workforce development boards to award and administer certain grants; provides for future review and termination or re-creation of the trust fund, etc. The bill is awaiting committee assignments. A linked bill, SB 638, Reemployment Assistance Program Law Contribution Rates, also is awaiting committee assignments. 

Be sure to attend one of FEDC Regional Forums occurring in partnership with Enterprise Florida and CareerSource Florida

February 21
Southeast – Dyan Brasington, CEcD: The Miami Community Ventures Project
Register today.
March 1
North Central – Susan Ramsey: Trends in Economic & Workforce Development
    FL-GA Workforce Alliance presented by Diane Head, CEO, CareerSource North Florida
    LinkedIn Learning Insights presented by Jennifer Lee, LinkedIn State & Local Government

Immediately following the NFEDP Board Meeting which begins at 9:30. Lunch provided.
Central Florida Electric Cooperative Main Office
11491 NW 50th Ave
Chiefland, FL 32626
April 5
Northeast – Helga Van Eckert: Elevate Northeast Florida – Empower Partnerships to Advance Our Workforce

Follow the FEDC Calendar for updates to details regarding these and other forums.



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