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The inaugural statewide celebration is taking place February 11-15th, to highlight economic developers’ contributions to job growth, investment, and workforce development.
We announced today at a press conference held in the Florida Capitol the official dates for our inaugural Florida Economic Development Week campaign. Taking place February 11-15th, the campaign will highlight the significant contributions that economic development programs and professionals have on Florida communities and families.
“Economic development in all its various disciplines is vital to Florida’s competitiveness and prosperity,” said Crystal Stiles (left), director of economic development for Florida Power & Light and chair of the FEDC. “Our goal for Economic Development Week is to raise Floridians’ awareness of the role economic developers play in helping local businesses to grow, bringing high-wage jobs and capital investment to communities across the state, and connecting industry and higher education to make sure that our workforce has the skills today’s employers require.”
Today’s announcement included a proclamation presentation from Senator Joe Gruters (R) – District 23 recognizing Florida Economic Development Week.
“I am proud to recognize our state’s economic developers for their valuable contributions and celebrate our first Florida Economic Development Week,” said Senator Gruters. “The good work our economic developers and their partners do is helping more Floridians get on the path to economic prosperity each year.” The Senator also provided details on the new coding academy at State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
Ava Parker, President of Palm Beach State College and Chair of the Association of Florida Colleges’ Council of Presidents, provided remarks to emphasize the importance of a strong talent pipeline to the success of business expansion and attraction.
“The partnerships Florida’s 28 colleges build with local industries help shape the talent pipeline and serve to ensure that the skills and programs taught at our institutions are the exact skills and talents needed to help our regional businesses thrive,” said Parker. “With more than 112,000 certificates and degrees awarded annually, our college system stands ready to continue providing the training necessary for in-demand, middle-skill, and high skill jobs across the ever-growing number of industries currently in Florida and the businesses that we want to attract to our great state.”
Jerry Kocan (left), CEO of Four Star Freightliner highlighted his company’s $5 Million investment in Gadsden County and his commitment to supporting the new Diesel Systems Tech Training program at Gadsden Technical Institute.
Tracy Bensley (right), General Manger of Talquin Electric Cooperative, emphasized the value to regional employers of having a strong talent development partner like Tallahassee Community College.
FEDC and its 150 member organizations, representing close to 500 practitioners, will celebrate Florida Economic Development Week with proclamations, events, seminars, and social media campaigns.
Follow @FloridaEDC and look for the hashtag #FLEconDevWeek19 to keep up with the latest news and campaigns from around the state.