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Rural Areas of Opportunity


The U.S. Department of Education Rural Tech Project invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.

By advancing technology skills development, rural communities can help their students prepare for rewarding career opportunities. This open innovation challenge will empower educators with resources to create technology education programs that are customized for their students and local needs.

There is a virtual information session on July 21st from 3 - 4 PM ET.


Register for the USDE Session

The Florida Department of Education has a Rural Innovation Grant with an application link on this webpage.

They have an upcoming webinar, on July 29th from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM ET with more details.

Register for the FLDE Webinar

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Florida SBDC Opportunity Zone Online Workshops

The Florida SBDC Network, in partnership with Madison Street Strategies, is hosting workshops to help aspiring and existing business owners and investors learn how to leverage and benefit from this new investment program. Expert panelists and presenters will take a deep dive into what Opportunity Zones are, the tax benefits, eligibility requirements, available resources, and more.

Register for the next workshop on August 4th.

Register for the next workshop!

The Florida Chamber's Florida Prosperity Initiative

In many ways, Florida is moving in the right direction. Over the past few years, Florida has been creating one of out 11 jobs in the United States.  For many, this is the Florida they live in - one that is prosperous, creates jobs, and propels economic opportunity. Yet, many Floridians live in a very different reality.

We can and must do more to break the cycle of generational poverty by focusing on creating opportunities for all Floridians, especially those born into poverty. Businesses can, and are, leading the way in addressing this crisis and they are doing it through our Florida Prosperity Initiative

Register for the next FPI Event!

FloridaMakes Webinars

FloridaMakes has several upcoming webinars on Cybersecurity, Environmental Sustainability, and International Trade Programs.
Explore the FloridaMakes Webinars!

GrowFL Companies to Watch

GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.”

Applications are open and the deadline to apply is August 7th at 5 pm CST.

Apply for Companies to Watch!

Member Feature

Charlotte County Economic Development

CCED's motto is Your Business. Cleared for Takeoff.

They note:

"You can feel momentum in the air in Charlotte County, Florida. Things are happening. Just announced: A $1.7 million grant for an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics program. Punta Gorda Airport recently completed a multi-million dollar expansion. The economic climate is as sunny as the weather and the landscape looks like a tropical paradise. With a pro-business attitude, leaders willing to invest in the community and fast track approvals, your business can be cleared for takeoff in no time."

Addressing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic CCED Director Dave Gammon recently created a press release, PROSPERING IN THE FACE OF PANDEMIC. It's a great piece and best practice example so be sure to read it.

See your fellow FEDC Members

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

Event Calendar

Check out these important events on our events calendar.
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