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Inside this Issue:

  • Volunteers of the year
  • Register for the 2018 conference
  • Submit your nominations for awards and scholarships
  • Contribute to our silent auction
  • The conference agenda
  • Featured panelists information
  • FEDC conference sponsorship opportunities
  • Thanks to our sponsors
  • and more

Congratulations to two of our Regional Volunteers of the Year


For his hard work serving as a volunteer in Sumter County, Brett Hage recently received the Florida Economic Development Council’s East Central Region Volunteer of the Year award. 

Debbie Goode, a partner at Carr, Riggs and Ingram CPAs and Advisors was also honored with the 2017-2018 Volunteer of the Year for the East Central Region.

Be sure to register

Don't forget to register for the 2018 Conference. You can still save on your membership renewal or joining FEDC!

Apply today!


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.

Please contribute to our Silent Auction

Every year conference goers look forward to the always popular silent auction. Now is the time to send your best festival and sports tickets, vacation ideas, tech toys, sports memorabilia, art and more to Katrina Austin at the Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity. We want this year's auction to be bigger and better!

See the Agenda

Be sure to check out the conference agenda. It features our speakers and panelists including those below.

Featured Panelists

Photo of Rob Sitterly

Rob Sitterly
Merit Advisors, LLC

Rob works with his associates to successfully capture market share and accelerate revenue growth. He is a strategic thinker who adeptly designs and implements sales, marketing, and business action plans to support corporate objectives. He prides himself on being an effective team leader able to focus group and individual efforts toward a common goal.


Gray Swoope
President and CEO
Vision First Advisors

A recognized leader in economic development, Gray Swoope has served both the public and private sectors for more than three decades most recently as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce.  He has held leadership roles for a variety of organizations, as well as managed successful economic development entities.  His management style is described as focused and steadfast when it comes to solving problems and winning competitive projects. 


Allea Newbold

As a CPA, Allea negotiates credits and incentives for new and expanding companies nationwide, helping them maximize return on investment. Her tenacity and creativity have built a record of success in property tax abatement, sales tax refunds, cash grants, tax credits and Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Clients of all sizes and industries seek out Ms. Newbold’s almost 20 years of professional expertise. Her specialties include R&D credit studies and fixed asset capitalization studies. 

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.

Take advantage of IEDC's valuable resources

IEDC produces dozens of virtual learning opportunities each year that you and your colleagues can participate in to stay at the top of the profession. See what's coming up in April and May.

If you are planning to celebrate National Economic Development Week this May, IEDC has a useful celebration kit to help you. Access the kit here.

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

The Corridor

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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