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2023 Economic Development Awards

It's time to get the recognition you deserve. Apply for our 2023 awards.
Be sure to submit your nominations for the FEDC Innovation in Marketing, Deal of the Year, Economic Development Professional, Workforce Development Professional, and Dan Webster Young Innovator Scholarship awards soon!

The deadline is March 15th!


Economic Developer Awards

Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year

Toni Jennings Workforce Development Professional of the Year

Dan Webster Young Innovator Scholarship Award


Deal Awards

Deal of the Year – Rural

Deal of the Year – Urban

Deal of the Year – Regional



FEDC Innovation In Marketing Awards

Submissions should be made for the following projects that fall into one of the budget categories
  • less than $25,000
  • between $25,001 - $50,000
  • more than $50,000

Innovative Partnership Award Public/Private

Marketing Public Relations Campaign Organic


Advertising Campaign

Pivot & Persist


 Apply today!

Apply for an award
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Meet a Speaker

Syd Kitson is Chairman/CEO of Kitson & Partners, a Florida-based real estate company specializing in creating and developing environmentally responsible, sustainable master-planned communities and commercial properties.

He will be the featured speaker at the Leadership Dinner on Tuesday evening.

Kitson is a graduate of Wake Forest University, with a notable career in the National Football League. Upon retirement, he began his career in real estate, founding Kitson & Partners in 1999. In 2006, Kitson completed the historic purchase of Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida, encompassing an area five times the size of the island of Manhattan, with over 80% of the original land purchase set aside in the largest single land preservation agreement in the state’s history.

Syd has served on multiple civic, education, and non-profit boards.  He is currently Chair of the Florida Council of 100. He served as Chair of the Board of Governors for the State University System of Florida in 2020 and 2021. He was elected the 2016-2017 Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Conference Agenda

The 2023 conference agenda is starting to come together. Speakers are lined up, and we are confirming schedules.

Here is the current confirmed agenda

Watch our website for more to come.

See the agenda

A timely reminder!

The next FEDC Foundation Annual Conference will be held May 8-10, 2023, at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando.

The newly established FEDC Foundation will host the 2023 FEDC conference. Our foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is focused on economic, workforce, and community-development research and education.

Be sure to register today.

Register for the conference
Get the conference app
Fast Facts

Save the Date: May 8-10, 2023
Location: Sheraton Lake Buena Vista
2022 Conference Highlights:

Exterior view of Sheraton

Reserve your room

You can reserve your room now at a special rate. The cutoff date is Monday, April 17, 2023.
Reserve your accommodation

Our Conference Partners

Please thank our sponsor partners when you see them.

Two exclusive sponsorships are still available: the Keycard and 2nd-night Turn-down Service. 

Contact us to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor or sign up online.

Platinum Presenting Partner

Enterprise Florida

Diamond Partners




Florida Power and Light


Duke Energy


Become a Diamond Partner today.


Gold Partners

CareerSource Florida


Become a Gold Partner today.

Silver Partners

Become a Silver Partner today.


Bronze Partners

BDB of Palm Beach County
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JAX USA Partnership
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PowerSouth logo


Seminole Electric
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Orlando Economic Partnership
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City of Coral Springs EDO
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Florida Chamber
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Become a Bronze Partner today.

Conference Engagement Partner

Southwest Airlines


Media Partners


Florida Trend


Expansion Solutions

Become a Media Partner today.

Lanyard Sponsor

Tampa Bay EDC


1st Night Turn-Down Service


365 Degree Total Marketing


EDO Sponsors


Pinellas County Economic Development

Team Volusia


St. Lucie EDC


Contact us to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor or sign up online today.




GIS WebTech


365 Degree Total Marketing


Agracel, Inc.



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