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IEDC's first look at the Senate's latest Covid-19 relief proposal

Matt Mullin, Public Policy Director for IEDC recently sent an email reviewing the HEALS Act, "a combination of four separate pieces of legislation (that) includes some key items supporting our economic recovery but is also missing a few key elements. From PPP and liability waivers to unemployment and resources for non-profits and units of local government, the measures show promise but ultimately fall short."

FEDC was actively involved in getting 501c6s added to PPP eligibility.

See the email here.


FEDC Virtual Engagement Series - FDOT's Florida Transportation Planning and M-CORES Overview

We are excited to promote FEDC’s next virtual engagement in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation. FDOT’s Chief Planner, Huiwei Shen, will outline the Florida Transportation Plan, including how this 25-year plan connects with the 5-year Work Program and the development of the Strategic Intermodal System. She will also introduce the role of Florida’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), rural planning processes, and opportunities for economic development organizations to be involved in this process.

We will conclude with a panel of FEDC members who have expertly served on each of the three M-CORES task forces this past year and a glimpse into the economic development opportunities and constraints considered.
  • Sherry Ambrose, Manager of Economic Development, Florida Power & Light Company – Southwest – Central Florida Connector
  • Danielle Ruiz, Senior Manager of Economic Development, Duke Energy – Northern Turnpike Connector
  • Susan Ramsey, CEO, Integrity Professional Services – Suncoast Connector
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Register today.
Register for FDOT Webinar!

FEDC Leaders in the News

Recently, FEDC Chair Marc Hoenstine,  and FEDC Chair-Elect, Jennifer Taylor were featured in an online article. In CFDC and Duke Energy Representatives Lead State's Economic Development Council, the pair is quoted extensively. Our Executive Director, Beth Cicchetti was featured as well.

“Marc and Jennifer have extensive and celebrated careers in economic development,” said Beth Cicchetti, FEDC executive director. “They are masters at representing the competitive assets of their markets to C-suite decision-makers who are looking for new locations.”

Taylor said there are many reasons to consider (FEDC) membership. “Education, advocacy, and connections are the three pillars of FEDC’s foundation, and FEDC provides numerous opportunities for economic development professionals to advance in their profession. As vice-chair, I look forward to working with an incredible team of leaders who dedicate themselves to advancing economic development in the state of Florida.”

“We have already begun to hear from site selection consultants who may not include Florida in searches for their client’s projects due to the lack of Florida incentives and the perception that Florida is not aggressive enough,” Hoenstine said.

“FEDC is creating an incentives task force to address this issue and to speak to the value programs like QTI bring to the state’s efforts to attract new jobs and capital investment. Reinstituting QTI or a replacement for QTI may be one solution.”

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Stays on Track


A landmark effort by the Department of Defense to shore up cybersecurity across its 300,000+ contractor base has managed to stay mostly on schedule despite the coronavirus pandemic. Let’s look at how it will impact contractors in Florida.

The CMMC program will require all Department of Defense contractors to undergo assessment and third-party certification of their cybersecurity posture to be awarded a DoD contract. The tiered certification program includes five levels corresponding to the sensitivity of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) a contractor will handle under a particular contract.

The Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida (FAIF) will co-host the second annual Cybersecurity Forum on September 16th and 17th. This will be a great resource for those looking to comply with the CMMC. The Forum will be co-hosted by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, FloridaMakes, and the Workers' Compensation Institute (WCI).

Register for Cybersecurity Forum!

FloridaMakes Awarded National Science Foundation Grant for Future of Workforce Caucus

FloridaMakes received a National Science Foundation grant to organize and execute the Technician Future of Work Issues Caucus for Florida Community Colleges and Manufacturers.

The purpose of the event will be to gather key leadership from the advanced manufacturing industry along with its workforce and education stakeholders to foster a conversation around the future talent needs of the smart factory. 

“To grow a world-class technical workforce and continue to ensure Florida’s manufacturing remains globally competitive, it is important to have reliable information about the knowledge and skills our talent pipeline will need to remain ahead of the curve,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes.

The goal of the Caucus is to identify technologies in Florida's small- to medium-sized manufacturers that directly contribute to Florida's technicians’ skills gap. The project will first survey both manufacturers and two-year college educators in Florida about future technical skills that will be used in manufacturing environments. 

Event Calendar

Check out other important upcoming events on our events calendar.

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


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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Duke Energy


The Corridor

Florida Power and Light

TECO Energy

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Bronze Sponsors

Central Florida Development Council

BDB of Palm Beach County

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Kitson Partners/Babcock Ranch

City of Coral Springs EDO


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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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