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Don't Miss the 2018 FEDC Conference

Inside this Issue:

  • A message from our Chair
  • GrowFL Companies to Watch honorees
  • Register for the 2018 Conference
  • Featured speakers information
  • Submit your nominations for awards and scholarships
  • Thanks to our Media and Engagement Sponsors
  • FEDC Annual Conference Sponsorships are still available
  • and more

FEDC Chairperson Crystal Stiles Announces Board Changes

As with many volunteer organizations, FEDC enjoys the leadership and expertise of a variety of professionals from across this great state. This month we are celebrating the service of several of our Board members.

Please join me 
in welcoming Alvin Jackson, PhD. from Suwannee County Economic Development as the new North Central Regional Director. Many thanks to Allen Cherry, Madison County Economic Development, for his exemplary service in this role.

It is my distinct privilege to welcome Christina Morris, CEcD from Osceola County Board of County Commissioners to serve as the new East Central Regional Director. Christina follows Marc Hoenstine, CEcD, Duke Energy, who has taken on a new responsibility as the Vice Chair of Finance.

And finally special thanks to outgoing Vice Chair of Finance, Debbie Petrell of Florida First Capital Finance Corporation for her tremendous leadership.


Crystal Stiles 
FEDC Chair
Director, Economic Development at Florida Power and Light

Congratulations Alvin (top), Christina, and Marc (bottom).

GrowFL Companies to Watch 2017 Honorees

On February 10th GrowFL celebrated their 2017 honorees. Check out the list of deserving honorees and see photos of the event on their site.

Also be sure to watch the video below.
2018 GrowFL Companies to Watch Honorees

Register Now

Don’t miss the 2018 annual conference at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott May 21 – 23, 2018.

Register today! There are a variety of options for specific stakeholders. Individuals and agencies have the opportunity to save big on FEDC membership. These savings are only available for a limited time.

If you are not local you will want to stay at the Marriott during the conference. Book your group rate for Florida Economic Development today. The deadline for reservations is April 30th.

Featured Speakers

Chris White
Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Certified EOS Implementer
Traction in Florida

Chris literally has a lifetime's experience with entrepreneurship. Through spending time in the trenches, taking his share of lumps along the way and learning as he went, Chris is uniquely qualified to coach and facilitate through helping business leaders clarify, simplify and achieve their visions. His passion and dedication as a full-time implementer of the Entrepreneurial Operating System is contagious, whether in session or delivering a keynote address!>

Learn more about Chris.


Todd Jorgenson
Principal & Executive Recruiter
Jorgenson Consulting Inc.

Todd specializes in executive searches for nonprofit, community and economic development entities throughout the United States.  Since 2002, Todd has worked closely with Joan Jorgenson to grow JCI into a dynamic executive search firm with offices in  Colorado, Maryland and North Carolina.  Todd’s experience includes non-profit executive searches, information technology searches, executive compensation, sales operation management, business development and sales.​

Learn more about Todd.

Don't wait until its too late


Now is also the time to submit your nominations for the annual economic development awards and scholarships. An application fee of $95 is required for the Eunice Sullivan, Toni Jennings, Deal of the Year and Innovation in Marketing awards. The deadline of March 30th is fast approaching. Get an individual or yourself the recognition they deserve.

Special Thanks to our Media and Engagement Sponsors

We want to send out a special thank you to our media sponsors: And we also want to thank our Engagement Sponsor, Southwest Airlines.
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Southwest Airlines

Support FEDC and promote your organization

Valuable FEDC Annual Conference Sponsorships are available. Open sponsorships include Gold Sponsorships and the 1st Night Turn-Down Sponsorship.

Platinum Presenting Sponsor

Enterprise Florida

Diamond Sponsors

CareerSource Florida

Florida Power and Light

Grow FL

University of Central Florida

Gold Sponsors

Become a Gold Sponsor today.

Silver Sponsors

Duke Energy

Research on Investment

Bronze Sponsors

Gulf Power

Lee County Economic Development

Florida SBDC

Key Card Sponsor

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

Media Sponsors

Expansion Solutions Magazine

Florida Trend

SCB Marketing

Conference Engagement Sponsor

Southwest Airlines

Turn-Down Service Sponsor

Florida SBDC Network

EDO Sponsors

Central Florida Development Council
Miami-Dade Beacon Council
JAXUSA Partnership
Team Volusia

Lanyard Sponsor

Tampa-Hillsborough EDC


Impact DataSource
Ygrene Works
Underground Refuse Systems
GIS WebTech

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