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FEDC Virtual Engagement Series - US Space Command Headquarters Basing Eligibility Overview


US Space Command HQ Basing Info Session 1: Eligibility Overview

Please mark your calendar and register to attend a Space Florida-hosted event to review and discuss the recently expanded criteria to locate the US Space Command Headquarters anywhere in the country. Florida, and Florida communities, are strong candidates to receive this honor. 

Space Florida in partnership with Enterprise Florida, The Florida Defense Support Task Force, The Florida Defense Alliance, and Keiser University is hosting this event to facilitate information for Florida communities to best communicate their strengths to the US Space Force. Attendees must register. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 2 – 3:30 PM ET

Register today!

  • CAPT Jim Kuzma (USN, Ret.), Senior Vice President and General Manager for Space Florida
  • COL Elizabeth A. Medina (USA, Ret.) Vice President, Military and Defense Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Special thanks to Keiser University for assisting with this engagement.

For more information on the event, please email

Register for Space Florida Engagement!

FEDC Annual Meeting

FEDC will hold the Annual Board of Directors and Membership meeting.

June 17, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Please register today for this virtual engagement. The agenda is as follows:

2 min          Welcome – Kelly Smallridge, Chair
3 min          May 2020 Financials – Suzanne Christman, CEcD, Vice-Chair of Finance
25 min        FY 2019-20 Overview – Kelly Smallridge, Chair

To include board member recognition
25 min            
  • FY 2019-20 Strategic Doing Report – Stuart Rogel, Graylan Ventures with support of Task Force Chairs
  • Resource Dev and Org Capacity – Marc Hoenstine, CEcD and Jennifer Taylor
  • Membership Growth & Engagement – Lucienne Pears
  • Advocacy & Communications – Michelle Bauer, CEcD
  • Florida 2030 – Rose Fagler, Weyerhaeuser and Doug Wheeler, FL Ports Council
10 min            
  • 2020 Nominating Committee Report – Kelly Smallridge, Chair
  • Nominating Committee Members (information)
  • FY2020-21 Regional Director Elections (information)
  • FY2020-21 Slate of Officers (Board action required)
5 min          Passing of the Gavel from Kelly to Marc
10 min        Remarks – Marc Hoenstine, CEcD, FY2020-21 Chair

To include Naming of Three Chair Appointments to the Board and One Chair Appointment to the Executive Committee
10 min             Q&A from the audience

Register for Annual Meeting!

Event Calendar

Check out other important upcoming events on our events calendar.
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A Tribute to Bea Bare

FEDC would like to pay tribute to our friend and colleague, Beatriz Bare, who is transitioning from her position at the Tampa Bay EDC to a new career opportunity.  Bea is a professional economic developer with expertise in matching prospects’ priorities with relevant, current information and connecting them with subject matter experts. She specializes in working on complex and highly competitive projects with CEOs, community leaders, consultants, brokers, and other decision-makers involved in the site selection process.

During her time at the Tampa Bay EDC, Bea has led successful team efforts for such projects as Advanced Airfoil Components, Amgen, Baker McKenzie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Cognizant, DTCC, Gordon Food Service, MetLife, PwC, Quest Diagnostics, Toufayan Bakeries, USAA, and White & Case.

Bea’s projects since 1980 in Tampa Bay and for seven years in Southwest Florida have yielded over $2.25 billion in direct capital investment and 26,000+ direct jobs. Examples of client companies include Bristol-Myers Squibb, Citi, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Chromalloy, DTCC, GFS, MetLife, New York Life/AARP, NexLube, PwC, TW Business Services, Time Customer Service, Tampa Ship, Toufayan Bakeries, Verizon Wireless.

Bea has a great sense of humor that manifests itself in creative ways. She has authored several articles and enjoys public speaking. Her past experience includes the banking, legal, residential development, training, and development fields.

In 1998 Bea was the recipient of the FEDC Eunice Sullivan Award Economic Development Professional of the Year for the State of Florida. 

Bea is trilingual, was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, and is privileged to be an American citizen since June 12, 1987.

FEDC Conference Sponsors

#FEDC2020 is presented by Enterprise Florida. Please thank our sponsors for making this one of a kind professional development opportunity (accredited by IEDC) and our new series of webinars possible.

Platinum Presenting Sponsor

Enterprise Florida

Diamond Sponsors

CareerSource Florida

Florida SBDC


Become a Diamond Sponsor today.


Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Duke Energy


The Corridor

Florida Power and Light

TECO Energy

Become a Silver Sponsor today.

Bronze Sponsors

Central Florida Development Council

BDB of Palm Beach County

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Kitson Partners/Babcock Ranch

City of Coral Springs EDO


Become a Bronze Sponsor today.

Key Card Sponsor

Florida SBDC

Media Sponsors

Florida Trend

Expansion Solutions

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Conference Engagement Sponsor

Southwest Airlines

Turn-Down Service Sponsors

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EDO Sponsors

JAXUSA Partnership

Pinellas County Economic Development

Team Volusia

Lanyard Sponsor

Tampa Bay EDC

Exhibitor Sponsors

Veterans Florida

Florida SBDC at USF

Small Biz Podcast of FL / SBDC at IRSC

365 Degree Total Marketing

Pinellas County EDC

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