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FEDC 2022-23 Board of Directors

Our 2022 - 2023 fiscal year brings an updated set of leadership to the board and regional directors.

See your new leadership team.

Suzanne Christman, CEcD, MEDP

A  message from 2022-23 Board Chair Suzanne Christman, CEcD, MEDP


Through your continued investment, FEDC is growing, diversifying, and expanding its voice and reach.

With average growth of 20 new investors a year, FEDC’s 460+ members across 187 organizations represent public entities, private business and industry, and public-private partnerships that engage business, education, and government leaders in key economic development initiatives to improve local communities and elevate Florida’s global competitiveness. 

Since 1964, FEDC has invested in the professional development of its members, advocacy for sound economic development programs and policy, and recognition of excellence among economic, workforce, and community development individuals and organizations. 

FEDC’s mission to Educate, Advocate, and Connect has coalesced each of us around a common set of values and goals, I ask for your input to even further enhance FEDC’s offerings! Please reach out to Jill Blackman at if you have input to share or would like to serve on one of our committees. 

Thanks to All Who Attended the FEDC 2022 Annual Conference

The FEDC 2022 Annual Conference in St. Petersburg was a huge success! We are grateful for all the sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees who helped make the conference an informative and FUN event.

Relative and important discussions held during the conference included:

Cathy Chambers, FPL Economic Development Director, led a panel in discussions of plans to leverage regional talent campaigns like that of Jacksonville to create a Florida Talent Attraction Campaign focused on talent recruitment in target industries to improve Florida’s competitiveness .

Watch for a statewide website launch in September and development of regional campaigns throughout the year

Congratulations to the FEDC 2022 Award Honorees

Eunice Sullivan Economic Developer of the Year

Kelly Smallridge, President & CEO, BDB of Palm Beach County



Toni Jennings Workforce Developer of the Year

Stacy Campbell-Domineck, President and CEO, CareerSource Polk


Stacy Campbell-Domineck and family


Daniel Webster Young Innovator Scholarship Award

Bryan Pederson, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Largo


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Deal of the Year - Rural

BDB of Palm Beach County – Finfrock


Deal of the Year - Urban

JAXUSA Partnership - Dun & Bradstreet


Innovative Partnership Award Public/Private Under $25,000

EDC of St. Lucie County - Work Local


Innovative Partnership Award Public/Private Over $50,000

Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance - The Prosperity Partnership


Marketing Public Relations Campaign Organic Under $25,000

BDB of Palm Beach County- Wall Street South


Pivot & Persist Under $25,000

Opportunity Florida - Opportunity is Here


Pivot & Persist Over $50,000

EDC of St. Lucie County - Business Disaster Response and Recovery


Website Under $25,000

Florida Power & Light - PoweringFlorida


Website $25,001 - $50,000

Wakulla Economic Development Council


Advertising Campaign Under $25,000

Tampa Bay EDC - LinkedIn Lead Generation 


Melissa Medley Best in Show

EDC of St. Lucie County - Work Local


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A Busy Summer Season

This summer has seen lots of action for FEDC members.

  • Warren Baucom, Southwest Regional Director, Beth Cicchetti, CEcD, FEDC Executive Director and John Richard, EFI spoke to the Council for Workforce Education at the annual Association of Florida State Colleges conference in Martin County.

  • FEDC proudly sponsored the Florida SBDC Network Small Business Summit

  • Suzanne Christman, CEcD, MEDP, was appointed to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors during EFI’s quarterly meetings held in Miami.

Looking Ahead 

New Member Spotlight

LT3 Group, a new member to FEDC, is transforming digital upskilling education through tech talent-generating hubs across the state.

LT3 “learning tomorrow’s technologies today” -- is the umbrella organization that houses both LT3 Labs and LT3 academy. It’s founded on community driven workforce development and is poised to be the innovative solution for Florida’s workforce development and infrastructure needs.

The co-founding team’s mission is centered on creating growth and sustainable career pathways, while recognizing the importance of meeting the community where they are.

Tomorrow’s future will be put into the hands of anyone wanting to get onto the
superhighway of in-demand jobs and learn skills to accelerate careers.

Learn more.


Enterprise Florida Break Through Video Campaign

Be sure to check out our own Executive Director, Beth Cicchetti, CEcD, speaking about what economic development is on Enterprise Florida's Break Through video campaign produced by Florida Trend. Beth’s passion and dedication to economic development is an inspiration for all!
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