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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.

We will soon gather again in beautiful downtown St. Pete and we would appreciate your contributions to a brief survey to help us maintain our commitment to exceptional professional development. Thank you for a great time at Margaritaville and congratulations to all who are recognized for excellence in economic and workforce development.
Scarlett Phaneuf, CEcD
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
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 Award Winners

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


Innovative Partnership

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

Kitson & Partners / Babcock Ranch - Edison Awards Sponsorship

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. 

 JAXUSA Partnership - FindYourJax Talent Attraction Website

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

Southwest Airlines logo

Additional Winners

As always the conference was punctuated by drawings for valuable travel vouchers and on-demand instruction on How to Reboot Your Workforce Story.

Conference Photos

Enjoy these photos featuring highlights from the conference.

Conference Sponsors

Platinum Presenting Sponsor

Enterprise Florida

Diamond Sponsors

CareerSource Florida

Florida SBDC


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Gold Sponsors

Kitson Partners/Babcock Ranch

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Silver Sponsors

Veterans Florida

Duke Energy

The Corridor

Florida Power and Light



Become a Silver Sponsor today.

Bronze Sponsors

Osceola County

Next Move Group

Central Florida Development Council

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

City of Coral Springs EDO


BDB of Palm Beach County

PowerSouth Energy

GIS Planning

Become a Bronze Sponsor today.

Key Card Sponsor

Florida SBDC

Lanyard Sponsor

Tampa Bay EDC


Media Sponsors

Florida Trend

Expansion Solutions

Become a Media Sponsor today.

Conference Engagement Sponsor

Southwest Airlines

Turn-Down Service Sponsors

Coastal Cloud

Become a Turn-Down Service Sponsor today.

EDO Sponsors

JAXUSA Partnership

Pinellas County Economic Development

Team Volusia

Elevate Lake


Exhibitor Sponsors

Florida SBDC at USF

365 Degree Total Marketing

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions


GIS WebTech

North Florida Economic Development Partnership

Florida Center for Employee Ownership

Orange Data

Florida Realtors


Contact us to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

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