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President's Message
Good Afternoon,
Join me in welcoming the 2014-2015 FEDC Executive Committee effective July 1, 2014:
  • Bob Swindell - Chair
  • Mike Meidel, CEcD - Immediate Past Chair
  • Lynn Pitts - Chair Elect
  • Beth Kirkland, CEcD – Vice Chair of Membership
  • Bill Neron – Vice-Chair of Finance
  • Shannon Ogletree – Vice Chair of Marketing & Communications
  • Cathy Chambers – Vice-Chair of Advocacy
  • Tammie Nemecek – Vice Chair of Professional Development
Please reach out to these individuals and offer your skills, time, and service to their committees. Serving on a committee creates the perfect opportunity for you to become involved in the future growth of FEDC. Executive Committee contact information is available on 

If you attended the 2014 Florida Economic Development Conference, we ask that you participate in our Post-Conference Survey and provide feedback on your 2014 conference experience. The survey responses remain anonymous and will only be used by the 2015 FEDC Conference Chair and Committee to create the agenda and improve the 2015 conference experience.

Don't forget, information for membership renewal will be coming to you soon. Please take this time to update staff member information, emails, websites, phone numbers, etc. This helps us ensure that all of your team receives membership benefits and has proper access to login for event registration. 

Thank you for all you do,
Amy Evancho
President and CEO
Florida Economic Development Council
Recap of News and Accomplishments
USDOL BLS All States Employment and Unemployment Release – May 2014
  • Unemployment Rates:  Compared to the ten most populous states, Florida had the fourth lowest unemployment rate (6.3 percent) in May 2014.  California had the highest unemployment rate (7.6 percent) and Texas had the lowest (5.1 percent).
  • Job Counts:  Compared to the ten most populous states, Florida (+218,800 jobs) ranked third in over-the-year job gains.  All of the ten largest states added jobs over the year, led by Texas (+383,100 jobs).  Illinois gained the fewest jobs over the year (+19,200).
  • Texas had the fastest over-the-year job growth rate among the 10 largest states (+3.4 percent).  Florida had the second fastest annual job growth rate (+2.9 percent).  Illinois had the slowest over-the-year job growth rate among the 10 largest states (+0.3 percent).
  • Among all states, Florida had the tenth largest over-the-year decline in unemployment rate (-1.2 percentage points), tied with Arizona and Georgia.
  • Among all states, Florida had the sixth fastest over-the-year job growth rate (+2.9 percent). Read More
May 2014 Labor Statistics
Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in May 2014, slightly up from the April 2014 rate of 6.2 percent, and down 1.2 percentage points from 7.5 percent a year ago. There were 606,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,632,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was also 6.3 percent in May. Florida’s unemployment rate has been equal to or below the national rate for 13 consecutive months. Read More

Two Federal Register Notices Regarding the 2017 NAICS Revision and the 2018 SOC Revision
There is a proposal to change how manufacturing workers are counted.  Currently a headquarters of a manufacturing company is usually not  counted as manufacturing if no manufacturing is ongoing at that location. Revisions are also being considered for occupational codes. Read More

Tampa a Hotbed for Global Engagement, and Other Takeaways from D.C. Conference
That's what Deborah Wilkinson, executive director of the Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council, said after attending the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition's State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 17 and 18. Wilkinson was at the conference to discuss how international affairs programs and strategic public-private partnerships are finding innovative ways to tackle some of the toughest global problems, in addition to helping the local economy. Read More

GrowFL Discusses Florida’s Economic Outlook and its Impact on Small Business
The economic landscape of both Florida and the nation is experiencing a paradigm shift.  Businesses surviving challenging economic times have the opportunity to emerge as the leading enterprises of the next generation.  GrowFL wants to help businesses prepare for this evolution by presenting a seminar featuring a fresh, eye-opening approach to what lies ahead, while discussing ways to prepare for, and actually benefit from, the current economic environment. Read More
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City of Boynton Beach: Business Development Specialist 

City of Cocoa: Economic Development Specialist

Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency: Economic Development Director

Enterprise Florida: Manager, Business Development

City of Eustis: Economic Development Director

Hillsborough County Economic Development Department: Coordinator, Competitive Site Analysis

Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce: Executive Director

City of Leesburg: Economic Development Director

City of Longwood: Economic Development/Special Projects Manager

Marion County: Economic Development Liason

Economic Development Council of Martin County: President and CEO

Naples, Florida: Research and Fiscal Operations Analyst

Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce: Associate Director of Economic Development Initiatives

Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce: Associate Director of Finance & Operations: 

Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce: Associate Director of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations

Tampa Hillsborough EDC: Business Development Manager, Business Retention and Expansion

Team Volusia EDC: Marketing and Communications Specialist

USF: Director of Economic Development

Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit

August 13, 2014 at Hyatt Regency Orlando More Information

Export Development Mission to Panama

October 5-7, 2014 More Information

Gulf Power Economic Symposium

October 12-14, 2014 More Information

IEDC 2014 Conference

October 19 - 22, 2014 Fort Worth, TX More Information

Florida Companies to Watch

October 23, 2014 at Hard Rock Live More Information

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