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Advocacy Items to Follow This Week

• SB 586: Veterans Employment and Training sponsored by Senator Tom Wright 
HB 435: Veterans Employment and Training sponsored by Representative Tyler Sirois

FEDC is pleased to join Veterans Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, along with many FEDC partners and members, on February 10 at 10:30 am, for an announcement of the Florida SkillBridge coalition.  
Skillbridge is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences.
For more information, you can attend the press conference via Zoom at:
Webinar ID: 880 8432 6420
By Phone: +1 (301) 715-8592

SB 982
 Tax Refund Program for Qualified Target Industry Businesses sponsored by Senator Joe Gruters.

For background on the importance of reinstating QTI as a signature Florida program, please see FEDC’s recommendations to EOG, DEO and EFI or our most recent virtual engagement with the Florida legislature featuring Senator Danny Burgess and Representative Chip LaMarca.

#FLEconDevWeek21 is Feb 7th – 13th


The Florida Economic Development Week social media showcase celebrates the work that you do in partnership with regions and communities to strengthen Florida’s economy and shape our state’s future growth.

Here are a few ideas you can use to raise awareness about your organization’s work on social media:

  • Share testimonials from companies about why they chose your community for relocation or expansion.
  • Shine the spotlight on some local talent! Post an interview with a Florida college or university grad who landed a dream job in your community.
  • Post an open hot job or two from employers in your market.
  • Voice your support for critically needed tools such as Quick Response Training and the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund proposed in Governor DeSantis’ budget.
  • Celebrate those elected officials and leaders who’ve championed economic development.
  • Post key facts, rankings, and other points of pride about your business community.

Here are some great examples:

Via @TampaEDC: we have the BEST business community. Look for testimonials from business leaders beginning tomorrow as we kick off Florida Economic Development Week (Feb. 7-13)! @FloridaEDC
#TampaBayBiz #EconDev #FLEconDevWeek21 #MakeItTampaBay #LoveFL #TampaBay #SBLV #TampaBayLV

Professional Development and Issues Education are core elements of FEDC's mission. We have a library of timely and relevant virtual engagements highlighting the contributions of Florida's #Economic #Workforce and #Community developers to improving local communities and elevating Florida's global competitiveness. @DannyBurgessFL @ChipLaMarca @Ryan @FLDOT @USEDA @FloridaMakes @FLDOE @aboutDCI @FLVenture #FLEconDevWeek21

Posted by Florida Economic Development Council on Tuesday, February 9, 2021


Please share #FLEconDevWeek21 and follow  FEDC


UF needs your help

The University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is seeking industry insight on Artificial Intelligence (AI) workforce needs to help in the development of statewide K12 AI education program. Please ask your industry stakeholders to share insights on this important topic by completing this survey. Responses should take less than ten minutes and will be a critical piece of informing AI education for all. Survey closes on February 26th. 

AI Workforce Needs Survey

ARPC Lunch and Learn Series

Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC), in partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), presents:
An Economic Resilience Virtual Webinar Series
Fridays from 12:30 pm EST / 11:30 am CST to 2:00 pm EST / 1:00 pm CST
February 19 Broadband Considerations
February 26 Creating a Resilient Workforce
March 5 Workforce Housing
March 12 Local Government Support for Small Business
Speaker: Craig Settles
Since 2006, Craig Settles has conducted needs analyses with community stakeholders who seek access to broadband networks to improve economic development, healthcare, education, and local government. Mr. Settles hosts the radio talk show ‘Gigabit Nation’, and is Director of Communities United for Broadband, a national grassroots effort to assist communities launching their networks. Mr. Settles is frequently called upon as a municipal broadband expert for CNNWall Street JournalNew York TimesTime Magazine and other business, technology, and local media outlets.
This webinar will cover topics that local governments should investigate when considering broadband, such as technology, deployment, public versus private ownership, and profitability. Examples of successful municipal broadband networks and public-private partnerships will be provided.
Webinar Access Information
Please join this webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone:
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
United States: +1 (571) 317-3129

Access Code: 421-411-173

FLDEO needs your input as well

The Florida Office of Broadband within the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is conducting a survey on the availability and accessibility of broadband internet service.
Broadband, or high-speed internet access, is becoming increasingly vital to businesses and residents in the state of Florida as being online has become an important part of our everyday lives – from email and tele-medicine to online banking and virtual schooling. Broadband provides a faster, more convenient way of accessing a huge range of services.
The Florida Office of Broadband works with local and state government agencies, community organizations, and private businesses to increase the availability and effectiveness of broadband internet throughout the state, specifically in small and rural communities. Through these partnerships, the Office encourages investment in grant funding opportunities for the broadband program that focus on the expansion of broadband.
Please help to complete the Office of Broadband’s short, three-minute survey to better understand the availability and accessibility of broadband internet service across the state. Your response will assist the office in identifying the goals, challenges, and the outlook of broadband internet service in your area.

The survey is available until March 1 and can be accessed at: Florida Office of Broadband - Survey on the Availability and Accessibility of Broadband Internet Service.

Sustaining Investors and Partners.




Enterprise Florida


CareerSource Florida


Space Florida


Duke Energy


Florida Power and Light

Gulf Power


The Corridor


Business Development Board of Palm Beach County


JAXUSA Partnership


University of Central Florida


Pinellas County Economic Development


Tampa Bay EDC


The Beacon Council


Hillsborough County Economic Development




Florida SBDC








Seminole Electric Cooperative


Florida First Capital Finance Corporation


Florida Realtors


Orlando Economic Partnership


Florida Trend


Expansion Solutions Magazine


Palm Beach County Government
Palm Beach County




Broward County Economic Development


Charlotte County Economic Development


Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance logo
Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance


Veterans Florida




CareerSource Northeast Florida


Orange Lien Data Logo
Orange Lien Data


Team Volusia


Babcock Ranch / Kitson Partners


The Southern Group


CareerSource Tampa Bay


Utilities, Inc. of Florida

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