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Member Feature: Veterans Florida Expo


The 2020 Veterans Florida Expo Presented by Bank of America will be held virtually via Livestream on Thursday, June 18th from 12 PM EDT to 4 PM EDT. The event, originally scheduled to take place in Orlando, will be live-streamed on the Veterans Florida YouTube channel.

Black Hawk Down veteran Matt Eversmann and Air Force veteran and award-winning entrepreneur Charlynda Scales will deliver keynote addresses on leading in chaotic situations and adapting to excel in the new economy.

The Expo features panel discussions on careers and entrepreneurship, showcases veteran entrepreneurs in the Battle of the Pitches, connects veterans and their families with career opportunities, and touts everything that makes Florida the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. 

Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Veterans Florida provides powerful tools for veterans to take advantage of the benefits of living and working in the Sunshine State.

New Regional Directors

FEDC is happy to announce new Regional Directors for the following regions for the 2020-21 fiscal year which begins July 1st:
Tracy Garcia headshot
East Central Region - Tracy Garcia, CEcD, EcDMP, Director, Agency for Economic Prosperity, Elevate Lake
North Central Region - Glenn Hunter, Director, Columbia County Economic Development
Northeast Region - Heidi Jameson, Director, Business Development, JAXUSA Partnership

Competitive Florida Grants

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is still accepting Competitive Florida Partnership Program grant requests for state fiscal year (SFY) 2020-2021.

Competitive Florida Partnership grants provide small and rural cities, as well as regional planning councils, the opportunity to create an asset-based economic development strategy through innovative planning and development.

Please submit a grant request for funding to DEO on or before Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Submitting a request for funding does not guarantee that funding will be provided. DEO will consider grant requests received by the above date and time before grant requests received after the above date and time.

New Members

Please welcome our newest members. 
  • Village of Indiantown - Agency Level Member

Thanks to our Renewing Members

  • City of Hollywood, Individual

  • Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, Agency

  • Florida's Great Northwest, Inc., Agency

  • Veterans Florida, Corporate

  • Clay County Board of County Commissioners, Individual

  • City of Cape Coral, Agency

  • VisionFirst Advisors LLC, Agency

  • City of New Smyrna Beach, Individual

  • Florida Realtors, Sustaining

  • Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, Agency

  • City of Ft. Myers, Agency

EDA and FloridaMakes Webinar Replay

If you missed our last Virtual Engagement, Enhance Regional Economic Recovery with EDA and FloridaMakes, you can see a replay here.

Watch the replay.

Again, we want to give a special thank you to Apalachee Regional Planning Council and Duke Energy for their support of the event.
Watch the webinar replay

Save these Dates

CareerSource Florida Board of Directors will meet virtually on June 4. FEDC Board Chair, Kelly Smallridge will be among the speakers.

Enterprise Florida Board and Stakeholders Council will meet virtually on June 11.

Event Calendar

Check out other important events on our events calendar.
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