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President's Message
Good Afternoon,
 
The Florida Economic Development Conference starts in just two days! We are here in Tampa preparing for a successful celebration of 50 years of the FEDC and can't wait for you all to join us. If you are not attending, follow along on Facebook and Twitter to view the conference highlights. 
Thank you for all you do,
Amy Evancho
President and CEO
Florida Economic Development Council
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Reminders for Conference Attendees
Airport Shuttle and Baggage Claim
  • Once you land at Tampa International Airport take the tram across to the main airport concourse building.
  • Continue down to the baggage claim area to locate your checked luggage.
  • After picking up your luggage locate the touch screen display on the same floor.
  • Press lodging and you will find Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay listed.
  • Press Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.
  • Press phone symbol.
  • Pick up phone, press “0” for transportation.
  • Our hotel operator will answer and ask for your location which will be posted in the airport as blue 1, blue 2, red 1 or red 2.
  • Our operator will advise you of the pick up location for the shuttle service.
Parking at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay offers several parking options for our guests that opt to explore the city’s attractions by car. 
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Valet parking, $12 for overnight stays or $8 daily
  • Open surface lot parking for  oversized vehicles 
For further information, please contact the hotel directly at +1 813 874 1234.

Port of Tampa Bay Tour
The Port of Tampa Bay Tour is on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Please be in the hotel lobby by 3:15pm sharp for the carpool transportation.

We will park at Cruise Terminal 3 (815 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602).  You may park along the passenger drop-off area under the awning next to the building (disregard the “no parking” signs). A representative will be waiting to meet our group and escort us to the dock adjacent to the parking location. View Map

Conference at a Glance
This PDF quickly provides an overview of the 2014 Florida Economic Development Conference. You can also stop by the registration desk to pick up a printed program including full descriptions of each plenary, breakout and event. View PDF
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Recap of News and Accomplishments
Checkout the 2014 Conference Agenda
The 2014 Florida Economic Development Conference is the premier professional development event attended by economic, workforce and community developers from Florida’s 67 counties,  400 cities, 24 workforce regions, 12 universities and 28 community colleges.

The conference includes breakout sessions and plenaries that will grow each attendee’s toolkit and support the continued growth of Florida’s economy and business climate. View the Agenda

May 2014 National Employment and Unemployment
  • The national unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in May 2014, unchanged from the April rate and down 1.2 percentage points from 7.5 percent a year ago.
  • Total nonagricultural employment was 138,463,000 in May 2014, an increase of 217,000 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month and an increase of 2,379,000 jobs (+1.7 percent) over the year. Read More

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach MSA chosen as one of seven American Dream Cities
Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream and The Burghard Group announced that the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach FL Metropolitan Statistical Area has been ranked as one of seven American Dream Cities where residents believe that they are working for and achieving a better life for their families and future generations. Read More

FGNW Regional TV Show featuring Dr. Brice Harris
FGNW Regional TV Show featuring Dr. Brice Harris, Associate Director of University of West Florida OEDE. Discussion includes the Innovation Awards sponsored by Innovation Coast, Space Florida, and Florida Small Business Development Council, the IRREF Oil Spill Recovery grants, and Haas Center. Read More

Innovation Awards Deadline - June 15
The Innovation Awards are a business plan competition presented by Innovation Coast, Space Florida, and the Florida SBDC Network. The Awards are a chance for high-tech entrepreneurs to win cash prizes, get expert coaching, and to get noticed by investors. Read More
 
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Job Links
City of Boynton Beach: Business Development Specialist 

City of Cocoa: Economic Development Specialist

Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency: Economic Development Director

City of Eustis: Economic Development Director

Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce: Executive Director

City of Leesburg: Economic Development Director

City of Longwood: Economic Development/Special Projects Manager

Marion County: Economic Development Liason

Economic Development Council of Martin County: President and CEO

Naples, Florida: Research and Fiscal Operations Analyst

Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce: Associate Director of Economic Development Initiatives

Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce: Associate Director of Finance & Operations: 

Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce: Associate Director of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations

Tampa Hillsborough EDC: Business Development Manager, Business Retention and Expansion

USF: Director of Economic Development
Events

2014 FEDC Annual Conference

June 8-10, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
 

U.S. DOE Small Business Forum

June 10-12, 2014 Tampa, FL More Information
 

Export Development Mission to Panama

October 5-7, 2014 More Information
 

Gulf Power Economic Symposium

October 12-14, 2014 More Information
 

IEDC 2014 Conference

October 19 - 22, 2014 Fort Worth, TX More Information
 
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