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Kate McEnroe

We are excited to announce Kate McEnroe as a keynote speaker on October 14. Kate will cover how Florida communities can increase competitiveness through Talent Development initiatives:
  • Local programs that fully engage population in the workforce
  • The most effective ways to retain that workforce locally
  • Recruitment of new residents and workers from outside the local area
  • Researching the reality of the local workforce
  • Promoting and connecting the workforce to existing companies and potential new investors
Additionally, Kate will share best practices of effective programs from across the country. Along with the focus on what local and regional organizations can do to impact their competitiveness, Kate will address how states are allocating their resources to provide direct support and amplify the efforts of their county and municipal partners.
As many of you know, Kate offers a cutting-edge curriculum in Talent Development. She has graciously discounted her signature Reboot Your Workforce Story course by 20% off the $499 retail price between September 13 and December 13, 2021. View the Course Catalog here.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please email Four complimentary seats for the course will be offered during the conference.
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35 Mules opens applications

35 Mules is an innovation hub powered by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). In 2020, 35 Mules opened its doors to help entrepreneurs bring their game-changing ideas to life faster, smarter, and at scale. The program welcomed six great startups into the program and help them take their business ventures to the next level. These startups are in the energy, water, and energy-adjacent industries.

The 35 Mules program provides startups with access to subject-matter experts, leadership coaching from FPL and NextEra Energy Fortune 200 executive, a non-dilutive cash grant of $100,000, and a dedicated, rent-free workspace with access for 12 to 18 months. Applications for the program’s second cohort opened July 12 and will close August 23, 2021.

To learn more visit and stay updated on LinkedIn. Then please spread the word to possible applicants.

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Florida Center for Employee Ownership

Employee Ownership as an Exit Plan: Why it is Essential to Florida's Economy 

Over the next 5 to 7 years it is estimated that over 165,000 Florida businesses will be sold or closed as a result of the retirement of their baby boomer business owner. We invite you to join the Florida Center for Employee Ownership to learn how a transfer of ownership to the employees can be accomplished and how it can help retain jobs and sustain local economies. 

Orlando - Tuesday, July 27, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Register here.
Tampa - Wednesday, July 28, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Register here.

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There's Still Time to Apply

All awards are now open for applications. Please remember to submit your nominations by August 16th.

You apply for these awards:
Nominate a deserving recipient or yourself!
Best in Show: (NEW) The Melissa Medley Creativity Award
In honor of our dear friend, Melissa Medley, who inspired so many of us to promote the state with enthusiasm and grace, this award recognizes a marketing activity or campaign that was unpredictable, effective, and meaningful.

This award will be chosen from all the marketing submissions as a “best in show” award. 

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Now's the time to register for the 2021 conference.
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Take Advantage of Exhibitor Opportunities

Exhibitors, for the first time in a long time you can take advantage of in-person marketing and networking opportunities. The state's top economic development leaders are ready to see what  you have to offer.

We can assist with an unmanned booth if you are under travel restrictions.

You will also receive exposure via the conference app.

Save a place in our Exhibitor Hall today!

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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


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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

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Key Card Sponsor

Florida SBDC

Lanyard Sponsor

Tampa Bay EDC


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

Miami-Dade Beacon Council

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Exhibitor Sponsors

Florida SBDC at USF

365 Degree Total Marketing

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions


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