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FEDC Members Call to Action

Contribute to the 2020 FEDC Letter Series: What is Economic Development and Why Is it Vital to Florida’s Economic Resiliency?

In preparation for the 2020-21 Advocacy Season, the FEDC Advocacy & Communications Task Force is recruiting members to update the 2009 Letter Series, which has served as effective and informative communication to the Florida legislature and their staff. It is also a helpful library of talking points for FEDC Members to access when working with local elected officials.

To get noticed by your colleagues and become a thought leader, please submit your paper on one of the topics below or suggest one of your own.

The deadline for papers is May 15th. Please return your contribution to Beth Cicchetti, CEcD at
What Is Economic Development and Why Is it Important to Florida’s Economic Resiliency topics:
  • Business Development & Marketing
  • International Trade
  • How Does Florida Compare & Compete?
  • Growing Existing Business in Florida
  • Talent Development and Attraction
  • Rural Economic Development
  • Key Factors in Site Selection
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic Diversification: The Result of a Strong Public Policy Commitment
  • Florida’s Partnership for Economic Success 

Re-Open Florida Task Force

Yesterday, Governor DeSantis convened the ReOpen Florida Task Force. The meeting began with an overview of Florida’s economy by Florida Chamber President & CEO Mark Wilson and Chief Economist Jerry Parrish, Ph.D.
The task force members include:
  • Lieutenant-Governor Jeanette Nuñez
  • Jimmy Patronis, Florida Chief Financial Officer
  • Ashley Moody, Florida Attorney General
  • President Bill Galvano, President, Florida Senate
  • Speaker Jose Oliva, Speaker, Florida House of Representatives
  • Senator Wilton Simpson, President-Designate, Florida Senate
  • Representative Chris Sprowls, Speaker-Designate, Florida House of Representatives
  • Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Commissioner of Education
  • Jamal Sowell, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
  • Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
  • Mayor Dale Holness, Mayor, Broward County
  • Mayor David Kerner, Mayor, Palm Beach County
  • John Couris, President & CEO, Tampa General Hospital
  • Josh D’Amaro, President, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Todd Jones, CEO, Publix Super Markets
  • Syd Kitson, Chairman, Board of Governors for the State University System
  • Paul Reilly, Chairman & CEO, Raymond James Financial
  • Alex Sanchez, President & CEO, Florida Bankers Association
  • Eric Silagy, President & CEO, Florida Power & Light Company
  • John Sprouls, CEO, Universal Orlando Resort, Executive Vice President, Universal Parks & Resorts
  • Patrick Sunderlin, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Joe York, President, AT&T Florida and the Caribbean
The task force will meet daily as working groups around industry sectors clustered as High, Medium and Low Risk to COVID-19 as outlined in the Chamber’s economic overview.

Meeting dates/times and call information can be found at


IEDC 2020 Economic Development Week is May 4-9

Created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere.

Economic Development Week includes activities in communities large and small designed to highlight the importance of economic development and the good work that economic developers do every day.

Looking for ideas to celebrate Economic Development Week?

Get involved and take part in the celebration by downloading the #EDW2020 Toolkit.

New Members

Please welcome our newest members. All who have joined at the individual member level.
  • Melvin Engineering
  • City of Miramar
  • City of Groveland
  • Union County BOCC

Friendly Reminder

For those who haven't now is the time to sign up for our next webinar in the FEDC Virtual Engagement Series on April 23rd.

Event Calendar

Check out other important events on our events calendar.
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