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President's Message
Good Afternoon,
The 2014 Florida Economic Development Conference will celebrate the 50th year Anniversary of FEDC. We kick off the conference with a tour of the Port of Tampa, a sample introduction to the Economic Development Academy and more! Learn more about the agenda and register today on our website,

If you have any questions about registering for the conference or submitting award nominations, you can email me directly at If you have any difficulties with the registration system on the conference website, you can email Brittany Love at She will be available to reset passwords.
As we approach a wonderful 3 day weekend with friends, family and BBQ, please take a moment to reflect, honor and thank our men and women in the armed services who are currently serving, those who have served and especially those that bravely gave their lives so we can enjoy our freedom in this wonderful country of ours.

Thank you for all you do,
Amy Evancho
President and CEO
Florida Economic Development Council
Recap of News and Accomplishments
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Mid-Year Luncheon Announces $6.5 Billion in Economic Impact
Features Keynote by Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, Jobs Announcements and Award Presentations. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance hosted its Mid-Year Luncheon, presented by FPL, on Thursday, May 22, 2014 to an audience of more than 450 members and guests at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale. Read More

US Dept of Commerce Appoints Reynolds to Advisory Committee
Florida’s Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) President/CEO, Gina Reynolds, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker to serve a two-year term on the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. Read More

Gulfshore Insurance Announces Expansion into Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Plans to Add New Jobs
Officials from the company, Brad Havemeier and Tim Spear worked closely to craft an expansion plan which will result in hiring additional Sales and Service professionals to support the expansion.  Gulfshore Insurance associates have been managing business and personal risk for over 44 years in Naples, Florida. The expansion of their business started in Marco Island, years later they opened in Fort Myers and 3 years ago they opened an office on the east coast in Weston. Read More

Healthy, Thriving Business Community Revs Martin County’s Economic Development Engine
Behind every prosperous community is a sound business base creating job opportunities, essential products and services and tax dollars. Today, in communities large and small, at least one economic development organization is behind every thriving business community. Dedicated to supporting a healthy business environment and improving the lives of area citizens, Martin County’s engine is the Business Development Board of Martin County. Read More

Coaxicom Manufactures Virtually Non-Magnetic SMA Connectors
Coaxial Components Corp. recently introduced a truly non-magnetic SMA connector series in response to the growing medical equipment industry. In the past, ferromagnetic steel connectors left trace quantities of magnetic material present in the strike layers or as material impurities, causing magnetic fields of 1 milligauss or more. This level of magnetism was sufficient to impair the functioning of highly sensitive equipment. Read More

Headquarters Continue to Call JAX Home
In the last two months, four companies have selected the Jacksonville region as the site for new U.S. headquarters operations. Adecco Group North America, the nation's leading provider of workforce and recruitment solutions, announced last month it plans to move its corporate headquarters from New York to Jacksonville, bringing with it 185 high-wage jobs. The company plans to invest $3.4 million in the local economy as a result of this relocation. 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: Economic Research 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

Indian River County, Florida is Seeking Proposals

FDCA Networking Mixer

May 20, 2014 Tampa, FL More Information

2014 Alliance Mid Year Luncheon

May 22, 2014 - 11:15am to 2:00pm More Information

2014 Manufacturing & Safety

June 3-4, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport More Information

Exporting for Florida Manufacturers

June 4, 2014 at USF, Tampa More Information

2014 FEDC Annual Conference

June 9-10, 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

IEDC 2014 Conference

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

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Florida High Tech Corridor

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