On behalf of the FEDC 2021 Conference Committee, I am so pleased to share with you these highlights from our time in Osceola County last month. Close to 300 professionals from across the state gathered to reconnect and celebrate successful strategies for making Florida the 10th largest economy in the world.
Much work has been done since FEDC launched its Strategic Doing efforts in 2019 to emphasize the importance of resiliency, talent development, and expanded infrastructure to support innovation in transportation, logistics, and manufacturing.
Thanks to our many sponsors and exhibitors, we were able to bring national expertise to inform these topics and spur collaboration among the many professionals whose efforts improve local communities and expand Florida’s global competitiveness.
Outstanding Achievement in the Location and/or Expansion of Business
Deals of the Year
Regional: Elevate Lake - Kroger-Ocado Robotic Customer Fulfillment Center
Rural: Suwannee County EDO - Binderholtz Project in Live Oak
Urban: Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County - FedEx Ground Project
Innovations in Marketing
This award recognizes a new partnership or collaboration that aims to leverage the strength of more than one community organization to advance a common goal. Examples may include partnerships among economic, workforce & community development organizations, private and public sector partners, or academia.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance - South Florida Tech Gateway
Pasco EDC - Experience Florida's Sports Coast
Tallahassee Leon County Office of Economic Vitality - Electromagnetic Bitter Craft Brew
Marketing & PR
This award recognizes the marketing/public relations campaign or activity that was generated by organic efforts internally or in collaboration with a vendor with the common goal of promoting your community or organization to key audiences.
CareerSource Chipola - The Chipola Works Campaign
Florida's Great Northwest - Beyond Our Beaches
Pivot & Persist
This award is to recognize those EDOs who rose to the occasion and persisted, demonstrating dedication and commitment to the local economy and proved to be a critical resource during the crisis and into recovery.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance - Supporter of Broward "SOB" Buy Local Campaign
Florida Power & Light Office of Economic Development - Powering Florida Virtual Site Tours
Your website is your front door to your community. What does yours say about you and more importantly, how does it function? This award will recognize websites that are not only appealing from a design perspective but also websites that work.
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Economic Development Council of St. Lucie
This category is for all paid advertising campaigns – including digital, print, broadcast, and beyond. Showcase how your organization utilized your advertising budget to advance community messaging, perception, and overall priorities.
Charlotte County Economic Development - Clear 4 Take Off Digital Marketing Campaign
Florida Power & Light Office of Economic Development - You Already Love Florida, Why Not Move Your Business Here?
Business Development Board of Martin County - Jobs on the Ballot Campaign
Melissa Medley Creativity Award Best in Show
This award is chosen from the Innovation in Marketing entries.
Florida’s Great Northwest is the recipient of the first annual Melissa Medley Creativity Award for their "Go Beyond Our Beaches" organic marketing and public relations campaign.
Go Beyond Our Beaches features six craft breweries from the 12-county region in multi-faceted outreach to site location consultants and social media, including promotion of the one-of-a-kind Triumph Gulf Coast incentive fund unique to this region.
Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year
The award was first given in 1985 and was renamed in 1991 to honor Eunice Sullivan for her outstanding dedication and commitment to the economic development profession and the Florida Economic Development Council.
This year's deserving honoree is Marc Hoenstine, CEcD, Director of Economic Development, Duke Energy.
Toni Jennings Workforce Development Professional of the Year
This award was first given in 2007 to honor and recognize the former Lieutenant Governor’s exceptional leadership in revamping Florida’s workforce system to respond to critical workforce needs and to advance local, regional, and state economic development.
2021's deserving recipient is Rick Beasley, Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida.
Dan Webster Young Innovator Scholarship Award
Given annually by The Corridor in recognition of the achievements of an outstanding young innovator in economic development in Florida. Recipients of this award will receive a scholarship of up to $5,000 to be applied towards coursework and fees associated with achieving the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation.
This year's awardee is Shane Chadwick, Business Intelligence and Marketing Manager, Florida’s Great Northwest.
Special thanks to DCI, FPL, and VisionFirst Advisors for their contributions to the 2021 FEDC Awards program.
#FEDC21 Leader Board
Here is the official picture of the #FEDC21 Leaderboard Top 5 and their organization:
1. Alex Price, Central Florida Development Council
2. Hannah Metevia, GrowFL
3. Alexandra Sanchez, Elevate Lake Economic Development
4. Jennie Sammur, Pasco Economic Development Council
5. Zach Gilmore, Jackson County Economic Development