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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.

See the list of previous winners.

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. 

FEDC's 2030 Task Force is leading the way in helping the Florida Chamber achieve its 2030 Blueprint goals through our Strategic Doing initiative.  Be sure to visit FEDC at the Future of Florida Forum's Virtual Exhibitor Hall

Also, if you would like to become a member of the the FEDC 2030 Task Force, please contact Jill Blackman at


October is Manufacturing Month in Florida

On October 1, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation declaring October as Manufacturing Month.  Be sure to visit FloridaMakes Manufacturing Hub where you can attend month-long virtual events such as:
  • Virtual Plant Tours
  • 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.

Learn more.

Event Calendar

Check out upcoming events on our events calendar.

FEDC Conference Sponsors

#FEDC2021 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


Become a Diamond Sponsor today.


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

Contact us to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

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