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FEDC announces the 2020 winner of the Dan Webster Young Innovator Scholarship Award

The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) named Benjamin Friedman the recipient of the 2020 Dan Webster Young Innovator Scholarship Award. Friedman is a market intelligence specialist with Pinellas County Economic Development. The award is named in honor of Congressman Dan Webster who represents Florida’s 11th District. 

The Dan Webster Young Innovator Scholarship Award is sponsored by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (The Corridor Council) and is given annually in recognition of the achievements of an outstanding young innovator in economic development in Florida. The recipient receives a scholarship of up to $5,000 to be applied toward coursework and fees associated with achieving the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation. The award was first given in 2015 and was named to honor Congressman Webster for his dedication and commitment to economic development in Florida. 

Friedman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Classics from Emory University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgia State University. Friedman specializes in advanced data analysis techniques and creating visualizations that communicate information at a new level. He recently completed a project analyzing automation risk in the Pinellas economy that can be used to predict automation-related employment disruption based on demographic factors and base industries. Friedman is also an alumnus of Leadership St. Pete and the Tampa Bay Beaches Institute for leadership.

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FEDC proudly welcomes two new Sustaining Investors to our Board of Directors. 

We are thrilled to have both serve as Ex Officios:
Cheryl Kirby, Ph.D. CEO, Florida SBDC Network
Frank DiBello, President, Space Florida

FEDC Virtual Engagement Series:  Get to Know Florida’s Venture Capital Landscape

We are delighted to promote the next virtual engagement in partnership with Florida Venture Forum and Space Florida.  This webinar will feature venture capital professionals who will discuss what information firms are looking for from companies looking to access venture capital. 

We will also take a look at different Florida Incubators and how they are helping start-ups with basic tools needed to successfully launch companies, and programs offered through Florida Venture Forum that can be utilized by economic development professionals to provide opportunities to businesses to access capital.

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FEDC Reignites Strategic Doing Task Forces

This year Stuart Rogel, Principal, GraylanVentures has returned to continue the Strategic Doing process in the following areas:
FEDC Resource Development & Organizational Capacity Building – led by Jennifer Taylor, Chair-Elect, VP of Business Development, Central FL Development Council. This task force will focus on achieving an application to the IRS for a 501c3 Research & Education Foundation. If you have experience creating or running a foundation, please join this task force.
Membership Growth & Engagement – led by Lucienne Pears, Vice Chair of Membership & Regional Strategies, Director of Economic Development for Babcock Ranch / Kitson & Partners. This task force needs your assistance to engage key partners in state colleges and technical centers.
Florida 2030 – led by Rose Fagler, Weyerhaeuser and Doug Wheeler, FL Ports Council. This task force is focused on developing metrics and measurements of progress in the following Florida 2030 goals:
  • Top state for GDP; Top quartile for most diversified state economy
  • Doubling the rural share of Florida’s GDP
  • Inclusion of Florida 2030 goals (all 39) in regional economic development strategies
This task force has a lot to accomplish. Please bring your passion and talents to this team.
Email Jill Blackman at to join a task force.

Event Calendar

Check out other 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


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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

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