FEDC announces the 2020 winners of the Mickie Birdsall Scholarship Award
Chadd Mathis, Economic Development Director, Economic Development Authority of Hamilton County
Mike Bishop, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Pasco Economic Development
Treasure Robinson, Marketing & Operations Manager, St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation
Jose Rivera, Associate Director, Business Development, Orlando Economic Partnership
This award, named for M. D. “Mickie” Birdsall, is given by the Duke Energy in support of economic developers or stakeholders seeking a fundamental understanding of the critical components of a comprehensive economic development strategy. Presented annually by the University of South Florida’s Small Business Development Center, the IEDC Basic Course is held in November of each year at USF in Tampa, FL.
Don't miss the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2020 Future of Florida Forum.
This informative annual event will be held virtually October 20-22.
We are proud to announce FEDC Chair, Marc Hoenstine, CEcD, will be introducing FEDC Ex Officio board member, Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce and CEO & President of Enterprise Florida, Inc. during the Florida Chamber Foundation's Future of Florida Forum on October 22nd.
Manufacturing Roundtables, hosted by FloridaMakes' Regional Manufacturers Associations
Educational Manufacturing Webinars, hosted by Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE)
Manufacturing Awards Ceremonies
You can register to attend live or if you not available to attend during live sessions, these virtual sessions will be available on-demand.
FloridaMakes and FLATE Announces Partnership with the Florida Department of Education to Promote Economic Opportunity Through Manufacturing Workforce Education
FloridaMakes and the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) announced a partnership that brings together the manufacturing and education community aimed toward creating economic opportunity in Florida’s growing manufacturing sector. This partnership, made possible through a financial commitment between the Florida Department of Education and FloridaMakes, ensures the continued operation of Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and its mission of supporting advanced manufacturing education on the state.
The partnership project will focus on regions that have specific skills gaps and an insufficient supply of workers with those needed skills. Based on the 2019 Career and Technical Education (CTE) state audit and the priorities outlined by the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Leadership Council, the project will bring together key stakeholders aimed at the following goals: develop an asset map of educational resources for manufacturers; review industry credentials alignment to industry needs; develop curriculum for advanced technologies and entrepreneurship; provide professional development for educators including the ET Forum; and, support manufacturing student organizations.