2015 Florida Economic Development Conference
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As we ramp up for the annual Florida Economic Development Conference, I'd like to thank our Conference Committee (Tammie Nemecek, Jennifer Taylor, Tina Stewart, Diane Scholz and Kay Tracy) for their energy and innovation in this year's revitalized and refreshed agenda and format. Now it's your turn! In this edition of the FEDC newsletter you can:
I recently shared the planned departure of our President & CEO Amy Evancho. Again I want to thank Amy for her eight years of service to FEDC and wish her all the best in her new endeavors. On Friday, May 1, the Board approved Beth Kirkland as Interim Executive Director. Beth has served FEDC in a number of roles including Vice Chair of Marketing & Communications, Board Chairman 2012-13 and most recently as Vice Chair of Membership. She has had a 15 year career in economic development consulting and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Beth's firm includes Julia Hennessy, an FSU Junior majoring in International Business with an emphasis in Urban & Regional Planning. Julia will be heavily involved in Membership Services & Development. Please communicate openly and often with Beth ( and Julia ( as we close out FY2014-15 and launch into 2015-16. Your continued investment and participation in the mission of FEDC is crucial to our renewed focus on Professional Development. Our offices will be located in Tallahassee. Updated contact information is included here and can be found on

Florida economic development is strong because Florida economic, workforce and community developers are experienced and credentialed professionals who engage and promote Florida as The Perfect Business Climate for talent, jobs and capital investment. FEDC is dedicated to supporting you in your professional endeavors and your organization's mission to provide innovative programs and policies for enhanced competitiveness.

All my best,

Don't miss a celebration for the Florida High Tech Corridor Council on its 20th Anniversary with special guests:

Join us for our closing day luncheon July 15th, 11:30AM for a panel discussion with the three university presidents as they share insight into the collaboration and partnerships that have made it possible for The Corridor to thrive for 20 years.

Register NOW for the 2015 FEDC Conference

Join economic developers from around Florida to discuss the most important issues in economic development today. Florida is well-positioned for a resurgence in job growth and prosperity. This conference will highlight the Pioneers, Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Catalysts that will drive Florida’s economic future. Learn and experience how Florida is Leading the Way.


The online reservation system for the Walt Disney Swan Resort is NOW OPEN. Standard room rates are $199 and upgrades are available. You may make your reservation online or by calling 1-888-828-8850.



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.

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.

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.

Richard McLaughlin Economic Development Volunteer of the Year

The Economic Development Volunteers of the Year Award is named in honor of Richard L. McLaughlin, who firmly believed in the significance of volunteer contributions to the achievement of economic development goals for the state. McLaughlin was the second president of Florida Economic Development Council 1965. In honor of his contributions, one outstanding volunteer is recognized annually in each of the eight FEDC Districts.

Deal of the Year

Recognizing outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in the state of Florida. Awards will be given annually to recognize the outstanding deal from a rural community, urban community and regional cooperative (multi-county) area. In addition, an award may be given in an open category that does not recognize community type.

Promotional and Marketing Innovation

Recognizing the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations for economic development and innovative/best practices for our communities and abroad. Members benefit significantly from the FEDC Promotional Materials Awards Competition and award winners receive favorable publicity that generates increased public support for their organizations. Used correctly, an FEDC Promotional Materials Award can be a great tool when targeting increased funding.


The Florida Economic Development Council is pleased to present the 2015 Silent Auction to be held during the Florida Economic Development Conference, July 13-15. 2015 at the Walt Disney Swan in Orlando, Florida.

During the conference, attendees from around the state will be bidding on various items to help raise money for education and advocacy initiatives for economic development in Florida. By donating items to the Silent Auction, you will be showing your support of economic development and at the same time you will be promoting your business, service, or product to hundreds of registrants. Also your company name and the item(s) you’ve donated will be included in our conference materials.

The Silent Auction will begin on Monday July 13 and end on Wednesday morning, July 15. This always proves to be a fun and exciting event, especially when the bidding gets fast and furious at the end of the auction. This auction will be an excellent opportunity to showcase your services or product through this statewide venue!. Several “hot” auction items from past years include hotel or resort stays; golf packages; tickets to sporting events, special events, or attractions; gift baskets; sports memorabilia and other gift certificates.



Sarasota County

Vice President Business Development:

Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

Vice President Economic Development

Tampa Hillsborough EDC

Business Development Manager, Business Retention and Expansion

Team Volusia

Investor Relations Specialist

City of Tamarac

Economic Development Manager

W192 Development Authority Board

W192 Executive Director


28th Annual Government Small Business Conference

May 6th @ Embassy Suites Tampa
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TampaBay Export Alliance 2015 International Town Hall

May 8th 2015 @ Hilton Carillon, St. Petersburg
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Florida Companies To Watch Nominations Deadline

May 8th 2015
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2015 Tools That Work for Economic Development – DAVIE

May 13th @ Nova Southeastern University
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2015 IEDC Excellence Awards – Call for Entries

Through May 15th 2015
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Take A Student to Work Day Palm Beach!

May 26th
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Tools That Work for Economic Development – SARASOTA

June 26th 2015 @ City of Sarasota, City Hall
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2015 FEDC Annual Conference @ Walt Disney Swan Resort

July 13-15th, 2015

Tools That Work for Economic Development – WINTER PARK

August 11th 2015 @ Winter Park Civic Center
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IEDC 2015 Annual Conference @ Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center, Anchorage AK

SAVE THE DATE: Ocbober 2015
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Florida Companies to Watch Awards Program

November 5th, 2015 @ Hard Rock Live, Orlando
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SAVE THE DATE: Enterprise Florida 2016 Board meetings

January 20-21st, 2016
May 18-19th, 2016
August 17-18th, 2016
October 19-20th, 2016


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Tallahassee, FL 32301

Ph: 850-601-0870
Toll free: 866-210-3524
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The Corridor


Spacecoast EDC



Duke Energy Named One Of The 20 Most Innovative Companies

Duke_EnergyDuke Energy has been named to Greentech Media’s Grid Edge 20 – recognizing the company as one of the most innovative firms working to architect the electric power industry’s future.Companies were selected based on their contribution to grid edge technology transformation – increasingly critical in today’s changing utility industry. Energy stakeholders and other thought leaders in the industry helped select the Grid Edge 20.

In Florida, Duke Energy is using a number of new grid technologies that have improved reliability and spared our customers from experiencing nearly 6 million outage minutes since 2014. An automated restoration project, starting in the company’s Pinellas County territory, is isolating faults and restoring a majority of customers in less than a minute.

“At Duke Energy, we continue to promote innovation as a way to make our operations more efficient — and our customers more satisfied. We are honored with this recognition,” said Caren Anders, vice president, Emerging Technology and Transmission Affairs.

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Lakeside Station Logistics Park Showcased at Plant City. Right. Now

Lakeside Station Logistics Park is a Title Sponsor of the Plant City Economic Development Opportunities Forum to be held on May 6, 2015 at The Trinkle Center at Hillsborough Community College’s Plant City campus from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Titled “Plant City. Right. Now.,” the Forum is an opportunity for local, county and state government officials, as well as successful local companies, to highlight the Plant City area and to invite corporations to relocate, build and grow as part of this vibrant community. “

When we were approached to participate in the Forum, we were excited for the opportunity to share the possibilities and plans for Lakeside Station Logistics Park, while supporting the local community as these organizations take an active role to bring new businesses into the area,” said Bob Appleyard of Transcend Development. “We look forward to playing a significant role in the future of Plant City and the state of Florida as part of the I-4 Tech Corridor.” Lakeside Station Logistics Park will be showcased at Plant City. Right. Now. held at Hillsborough Community College’s Trinkle Center, located at 1206 North Park Road in Plant City.

Admission is free, but guests need to register online at

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Doing Business with Panama Lunch, Friday May 8th

It has been an exciting year since the Tampa Bay Export Alliance was announced at the 2014 International Town Hall. Leaders in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties have been working together on international initiatives and achieving amazing results. We’ve travelled together to Chile and Panama and coordinated joint educational sessions to teach our businesses how to export products. Tampa International Airport has announced increased frequency of flights to Zurich, Switzerland (Edelweiss) and Panama City, Panama (Copa Airlines) and will inaugurate non-stop flights to Frankfurt, Germany (Lufthansa) on September 25th. At Port Tampa Bay, they are purchasing new gantry cranes to handle increased container traffic and working to recruit new shipping lines and manufacturers to the largest port in Florida. In short, our international efforts are taking hold and producing results. In this panel we’ll discuss our outstanding 2014. More importantly, we’ll look forward to 2015 and beyond — and give attendees a preview of exciting developments on the international horizon for Tampa Bay!

Join us for the Doing Business with Panama Luncheon immediately following the International Town Hall. This luncheon is being hosting by the American Chamber of Commerce of Panama in partnership with Tampa Bay area organizations and is complimentary to all Town Hall attendees.  Hear from top trade, investment and tourism officials and get an overview of specific business opportunities between Tampa Bay and Panama.
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