Here’s the latest from your friends at the Florida Economic Development Council.
Inside this Issue:
- Mickie Birdsall Scholarship Recipients
- Florida Economic Developers to Present at IEDC Event
- An Update on the 2019 FEDC Conference
- Upcoming Courses and Events
- and more
Mickie Birdsall Scholarships awarded
Kendra Cassell (top), Vice President of Business Development for Edwards Construction is a Birdsall scholarship awardee to attend the USF SBDC Basic Economic Development Course.
Kendra has more than 16 years of experience in the construction industry. As the Business Developer, she helps direct strategic marketing & planning including client relationships, branding and proposal development.
J. Atticus Steinmetz (middle), Data Analyst in Economic Development for the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, is also one of the recipients of the Mickie Birdsall Scholarships.
Atticus is an International Studies student—with a focus on the Chinese language and Economics—at the University of Florida, graduating Spring 2019.
His less-than-linear academic path allowed him to participate in several unique opportunities including studying Labor Economics and Chinese at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu China, as well as doing economic research regarding waste-stream management in several rural towns in central Mexico.
Atticus also has two years of experience at the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce where he started as an Intern in Economic Development, but now holds the title Data Analyst in Economic Development.
Stephanie Scalos (bottom) is the final recent recipient. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Marketing. Stephanie has worked in all facets of Accounting and Auditing ranging from private industry to investigative auditing with the Kentucky State Police.
Over the past 10 years, her experience has consisted of business development in the healthcare industry and most recently in her own business and economic development for the City of Pinellas Park. Before joining the Economic Development team, she spent two years in the Zoning Division and working for the City Manager.
Here is a list of FEDC Members who are presenters at the 42nd USF Basic Economic Development Course taking place this week. Be sure to check out their sessions if you are attending.
- Mike Meidel, CEcD Director Pinellas County Economic Development
- Beth Kirkland, CEcD Executive Director Florida Economic Development Council
- Eileen Rodriguez Regional Director Florida SBDC at USF
- Mary Jane Stanley, CEcD President Stanley Advisory Associates
- Andrea L. Falvey, CEcD Business Development Manager Pinellas County Economic Development
- Jaksa Petrovic, CEcD Manager Corporate Business Development, Hillsborough County Economic Development
- Diane Head Executive Director CareerSource North Florida
- Geri Campos Lopez, CEcD Director, Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Manatee County
- Karen Stewart, CEcD Manatee County Economic Development Official Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department
- Ruth Buchanan, CEcD Manager Business Development Lee County Economic Development Office
- Suzanne Christman, CEcD Senior Manager of Business Development Pinellas County Economic Development
Updates on the 2019 Conference
It’s never to early to start thinking about next years FEDC Conference. And it’s especially true if want to take advantage of the sponsorship opportunities. Information about the conference, award applications, silent auction, sponsorships, and more are available via the pdf link above.
Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute has a variety of upcoming online courses.
One on “Online Business Retention & Expansion” is coming up on November 12, 2018. The link for it is in the lower left corner of the linked page below.
Florida Chamber of Commerce Annual Global Florida Dinner
Register today for the Florida Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In and Global Florida Dinner.
IEDC Leadership Summit
Don’t miss the IEDC 2019 Leadership Summit taking place in Fort Lauderdale on Jan 27-29, 2019. Early bird registration is available. We want to send special thanks to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Broward County’s Office of Economic & Small Business Development for helping make it happen.
GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch
Be sure to attend the GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch event on February 19, 2019, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
Find more events on the Economic Development Events Calendar
Don’t miss any of the events in the FEDC Economic Development Event Calendar.