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We are also celebrating the 2014 Florida Economic Development Council Award Winners! Today we posted all the pictures of the award winners on Facebook. You can click here to visit our Facebook photo album. Feel free to download the pictures and use them as needed. Please give credit to Betsy Barfield of Betsy Barfield Photography. Visit the FEDC Conference website for a full list of award winners.

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Thank you for all you do,
Amy Evancho
President and CEO
Florida Economic Development Council
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Recap of News and Accomplishments
US Jobless Claims Dip, Continuing Recovery Trend
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dipped more than expected last week, pointing to strengthening labor market conditions. Read More
 
Florida is Home to Over 2 Million Small Businesses
“Florida’s small businesses contribute so much to the state’s economy,” said Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy.  “Representing 42.8 percent of the state’s private workforce, no one can doubt the significant role small businesses play in our economic landscape.  I hope our state and national leaders will continue to recognize the importance of the American entrepreneur and utilize today’s research to move forward constructive policies for America’s financial foundation—our small businesses.” Read More

New Survey Shows Florida Small Businesses Optimistic, Sales Increasing
A new Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index survey shows that the state's small businesses are more optimistic and are reporting higher company sales. The survey, conducted in conjunction with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, shows 43 percent of small businesses reporting higher company sales compared to this time last year. Read More

Quest Diagnostics Invests $9.3 Million in Customer Service-Logistics Center in Tampa, Florida
Quest Diagnostics, a leading provider of diagnostic information services, opened a new logistics and customer service facility in Tampa, Florida. The project will create $9.3 million in capital investment and up to 350 new customer service, logistics and human resources jobs by 2015. Read More

Local Life Science Firms Growing in Southwest Florida
Lakewood-Amedex Inc. recently raised $5.5 million to begin human clinical trials on an antimicrobial product that fights infections and ulcers, a significant financial milestone that could propel the company's growth significantly. Read More

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Relocating to Bradenton Area’s Roskamp Institute Research Facility
Continuing its mission to advance and commercialize research into Alzheimer’s and other treatments, the Roskamp Institute located in the Bradenton area will lease space to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc., a publicly traded company formerly named Star Scientific Inc., according to Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief executive officer of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC). Rock Creek plans to add 16 high-impact jobs over the next five years. Read More

Northwest Florida is a Hub of Aerospace and Aviation Activity
Florida is home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies that employ more than 87,000 workers, have a $5.5 billion payroll and pay an average wage of $63,303. 

At a minimum, 400 of those companies, including 23 aerospace manufacturing plants, are located in Northwest Florida, which has become a hotbed of aviation and aerospace activity that includes research, testing and education. Read More

UCF Pledges $10 Million to Research Center in Osceola County
The University of Central Florida and Osceola County struck a preliminary deal Monday to build a $61-million "smart sensors" research center that could lead to the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs. The sensors are cutting-edge technology used in automobiles, medical devices, home appliances and smart phones. Read More
 
 
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City of Boynton Beach: Business Development Specialist 

City of Cocoa: Economic Development Specialist

Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency: Economic Development Director

Enterprise Florida: Manager, Business Development

City of Eustis: Economic Development Director

Hillsborough County Economic Development Department: Coordinator, Competitive Site Analysis

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

Team Volusia EDC: Marketing and Communications Specialist

USF: Director of Economic Development
Events

GrowFL Presents: Florida's Economic Outlook and How it Impacts You

June 6, 2014 at the Rollins College Mills Building 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
 

Florida Companies to Watch

October 23, 2014 at Hard Rock Live More Information
 
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