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It's IEDC's International Development Week

Created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere.

Economic Development Week includes activities in communities large and small designed to highlight the importance of economic development and the good work that economic developers do every day.

Get all the details and a schedule of events here.


Florida Chamber Restart and Recovery Task Force

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting business for good by inviting FEDC members to join 150+ local chambers of commerce as we lead our communities' efforts to restart and recover Florida’s economy. Through the Chamber Restart and Recovery Task Force, we are collaborating as cities, counties, mayors, economic developers, and job creators around a common framework that customizes the safest and smartest regional reopening of Florida’s economy.

FEDC is pleased to share this toolkit of resources including a framework for designing a community restart and recovery plan and a related communications strategy.

Please feel free to customize these tools to best suit your local needs. 

Select the image above to see slides for the entire plan.

Gov. DeSantis Re-Open Florida Plan

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced last Wednesday that most of Florida will enter what he called “phase one” of the reopening process on May 4 as the state continues to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will not open on this date due to a higher incidence of COVID-19 infections in the area, DeSantis said.

More details are covered here including a link to the full executive order.

FEDC Virtual Engagement Series - Place Marketing in 2020

We are pleased to present our third timely and relevant topic in a series of virtual engagements. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:30 – 4 PM ET

Register today!

The year started with record unemployment, workforce strategies, and an aggressive approach to place marketing. Then there was COVID-19.

Join leaders from Development Counsellors International as they discuss pivots and innovations in marketing to talent, businesses, and stakeholders in the current crisis environment.
  • Susan Brake, Vice President, Digital Strategy Operations
  • Steve Duncan, Vice President, Paid Digital/Lead Generation
  • Kat Saunders, Senior Vice President, Client Strategy
About DCI: Established in New York City in 1960, DCI is considered the world’s foremost economic development and tourism marketing agency. DCI has worked for more than 500 cities, counties, regions, states, and countries – from thriving metropolitan regions to rural areas striving to compete. DCI understands the challenges and opportunities that economic development and destination marketing
organizations face. DCI also is known for its industry-leading place marketing research and thought leadership.

Learn more at

Register for Place Marketing in 2020

FEDC East Central Regional Forum

Join us for a two-presentation webinar on May 12, 2020 at 11:30 AM EDT.

Register now!

Facilitator: Christina Morris, CEcD, FEDC Regional Director, Osceola County

Welcome: Antranette Forbes, City of St. Cloud

COVID-19 Economic Response and Recovery

Moderator: Josh Baumgartner, TECO

  • Tim Vanderhoof, SVP Business Development
  • Dehryl McCall, Senior Director, Business & Workforce Development, CareerSource Florida
  • Heather Shubirg, Team Volusia
  • Dana Carr, Seminole County
  • Trudy McCarthy, EDC of Florida’s Space Coast

Small Business Impact and Mitigation Strategies

Moderator: Jerry Ross, President & CEO, National Entrepreneur Center

  • Pam Nabors, President & CEO, CareerSource Central Florida
  • Eunice Choi, Director, Florida SBDC at University of Central Florida

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Register for East Central Regional Forum

FREDA Webinar

FREDA Presents Dr. Jerry Parrish - COVID 19 Impacts on Florida’s Rural Communities

This webinar is intended to provide the most up-to-date information related to the financial and other impacts created by the Coronavirus (COVID 19) specific to RURAL communities in Florida. Issues expected to be covered include Impact on Jobs (most recent metrics revealed), Impact on State and Local Tax Revenues, and Business Recovery.

Dr. Jerry Parrish is the Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Register Here.

Register for FREDA Webinar

Event Calendar

Check out other important upcoming events on our events calendar.

FEDC Conference Sponsors

#FEDC2020 is presented by Enterprise Florida. Please thank our sponsors for making this one of a kind professional development opportunity (accredited by IEDC) and our new series of webinars possible.

Platinum Presenting Sponsor

Enterprise Florida

Diamond Sponsors

CareerSource Florida

Florida SBDC


Become a Diamond Sponsor today.


Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Duke Energy


The Corridor

Florida Power and Light

TECO Energy

Become a Silver Sponsor today.

Bronze Sponsors

Central Florida Development Council

BDB of Palm Beach County

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Kitson Partners/Babcock Ranch

City of Coral Springs EDO


Become a Bronze Sponsor today.

Key Card Sponsor

Florida SBDC

Media Sponsors

Florida Trend

Expansion Solutions

Become a Media Sponsor today.

Conference Engagement Sponsor

Southwest Airlines

Turn-Down Service Sponsors

Become a Turn-Down Service Sponsors today.

EDO Sponsors

JAXUSA Partnership

Pinellas County Economic Development

Team Volusia

Lanyard Sponsor

Tampa Bay EDC

Exhibitor Sponsors

Veterans Florida

Florida SBDC at USF

Small Biz Podcast of FL / SBDC at IRSC

365 Degree Total Marketing

Pinellas County EDC

Contact us to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

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