2015 Florida Economic Development Conference
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 I am pleased to report that there is tremendous momentum for your largest professional development opportunity of the year. You may now view the conference agenda and see all of the movers and shakers who will be in Orlando July 13-15  to leverage the Florida economic development network. You can also invite your local and regional partners to join FEDC AND attend the conference at a combined rate for a 30% savings!
The Walt Disney World Swan room block is at 70% capacity and will close on June 17, so be sure to get your hotel reservations soon. While we always look forward to this event to up our game, we also take time to share innovation in marketing and to recognize our fellow professionals in economic and workforce development. An added bonus this year is the award of a full tuition scholarship for an IEDC CEcD certification. Awards nominations and applications are open on the conference website.  Submissions are completely electronic  - it is easy and convenient to gain additional recognition for your organization and your favorite professional. Please take advantage of this opportunity today!
Thank you for all you do to make Florida the Perfect Climate for Business!

Tammie Nemecek
Vice Chair of Professional Development


Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year Sponsored by Florida Power and Light

The award was first given in 1985 and was renamed in 1991 to honor Eunice Sullivan for her outstanding dedication and commitment to the economic development profession and the Florida Economic Development Council.

Toni Jennings Workforce Development Professional of the Year Sponsored by Florida Power and Light

This award was first given in 2007 to honor and recognize the former Lieutenant Governor’s exceptional leadership in revamping Florida’s workforce system to respond to critical workforce needs and to advance local, regional and state economic development.

Dan Webster Young Innovator Scholarship Award

Given annually by The Corridor in recognition of the achievements of an outstanding young innovator in economic development in Florida. Recipients of this award will receive a scholarship of up to $5,000 to be applied towards coursework and fees associated with achieving the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation.

Richard McLaughlin Economic Development Volunteer of the Year

The Economic Development Volunteers of the Year Award is named in honor of Richard L. McLaughlin, who firmly believed in the significance of volunteer contributions to the achievement of economic development goals for the state. McLaughlin was the second president of Florida Economic Development Council 1965. In honor of his contributions, one outstanding volunteer is recognized annually in each of the eight FEDC Districts.

Deal of the Year

Recognizing outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in the state of Florida. Awards will be given annually to recognize the outstanding deal from a rural community, urban community and regional cooperative (multi-county) area. In addition, an award may be given in an open category that does not recognize community type.

Promotional and Marketing Innovation

Recognizing the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations for economic development and innovative/best practices for our communities and abroad. Members benefit significantly from the FEDC Promotional Materials Awards Competition and award winners receive favorable publicity that generates increased public support for their organizations. Used correctly, an FEDC Promotional Materials Award can be a great tool when targeting increased funding.

Register NOW for the 2015 FEDC Conference

Join economic developers from around Florida to discuss the most important issues in economic development today. Florida is well-positioned for a resurgence in job growth and prosperity. This conference will highlight the Pioneers, Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Catalysts that will drive Florida’s economic future. Learn and experience how Florida is Leading the Way.


The online reservation system for the Walt Disney Swan Resort is NOW OPEN. Standard room rates are $199 and upgrades are available. You may make your reservation online or by calling 1-888-828-8850.




Florida Power and Light


The Corridor


Spacecoast EDC
Florida's Great Northwest
Merit Advisors



Suwannee County Makes Commitment to Business Growth

The Suwannee Board of County Commissioners has launched two powerful initiatives to make it even more attractive for businesses to locate, expand or move into the north Florida county touted as “Florida’s New Frontier.”

The commission recently voted to approve the Suwannee County Business Incentive Program as well as the creation of a formalized Suwannee County Department of Economic Development.

The Suwannee County Business Incentive Program authorizes the commission to make performance-based grants to both existing and new businesses desiring to expand or locate within the county, as well as companies that wish to develop speculative space for industrial and office projects.

For more information about the Suwannee County Department of Economic Development or to apply for a grant through the Suwannee County Business Incentive Program, visit:
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April Employment Figures Released

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, and construction.
Commissioner's Statement and Statistics

National Electrical Contracting Firm To Expand In St. Pete

Power Design, Inc., a family-owned electrical contracting business, is expanding its national headquarters in St. Petersburg. The $3 million move will bring 60 new jobs to the region, as well as maintaining 196 jobs.

The Power Design decision came about through partnerships between Enterprise Florida, Inc., the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Pinellas County Economic Development and the City of St. Petersburg.
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Welcome To Brickell, Miami's "Wall Street South"

By now, it is common knowledge which cities are the U.S. banking capitals. Because of Wall Street, New York City remains #1, and the Bank of America headquarters has made Charlotte #2. But fly further south to Miami, and you’ll witness the emergence of another international banking center, in a neighborhood called Brickell.

This is a rapidly-growing area just south of downtown that is central to the city’s banking culture—and, increasingly, its culture at large.
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Charlotte County's Economy Is On The Upswing

By every measurable indicator, Charlotte County's economy is on the upswing. A 4,000-acre economic enterprise zone around the airport park, designated and approved for light industrial development, will be home to a new distribution center and regional warehouse for food distribution giant Cheney Brothers. The nearly 350,000-square foot facility is on track to be completed this fall and will add more than 300 jobs.

Lucienne Pears, the business recruitment supervisor for Charlotte County, said several other manufacturing companies have expressed interest in the development-friendly airport enterprise zone, which was created in order to help diversify the county's economy and expand it beyond travel and real estate.
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Sarasota County

Vice President Business Development:

Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

Vice President Economic Development

Tampa Hillsborough EDC

Business Development Manager, Business Retention and Expansion

Team Volusia

Investor Relations Specialist

City of Tamarac

Economic Development Manager



2015 IEDC Excellence Awards – Call for Entries

Through May 15th 2015
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Take A Student to Work Day Palm Beach!

May 26th
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Starting Your Business

May 27th, June 9th, June 15th @ USF Port TampaBay Building
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Expert Finance Strategies for Navigating Growth and Change

June 3rd@ The News-Press, Fort Meyers
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2nd Annual Why Miami Panel Conversation (Young Professionals)

June 11th @ EPIC Hotel- Metropolis Ballroom, Miami
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Tools That Work for Economic Development – SARASOTA @ City of Sarasota, City Hall

June 26th 2015 @ City of Sarasota, City Hall
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2015 FEDC Annual Conference @ Walt Disney Swan Resort

July 13-15th, 2015

Tools That Work for Economic Development – WINTER PARK

August 11th 2015 @ Winter Park Civic Center
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IEDC 2015 Annual Conference @ Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center, Anchorage AK

SAVE THE DATE: Ocbober 2015
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Florida Companies to Watch Awards Program

November 5th, 2015 @ Hard Rock Live, Orlando
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SAVE THE DATE: Enterprise Florida 2016 Board meetings

January 20-21st, 2016
May 18-19th, 2016
August 17-18th, 2016
October 19-20th, 2016
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