Association of University Research Parks (AURP) 2014 International Conference @ Florida Tech Research Park and the Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
Dec 2 – Dec 5 all-day

International and domestic university research, science and technology park executives will convene at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus when it hosts the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) 2014 International Conference December 2-5. The theme for this year’s conference is “Regionalism for Innovation and Growth.”

The conference will focus on sharing best practices, new ideas and emerging trends for the development of university affiliated research parks, which play an important role in a comprehensive regional economic development strategy. Attendees from around the world will discuss their experiences in leading research and science parks, and will have the opportunity to witness initiatives to transform Florida’s economy, using scientific and technology research as a catalyst.

“The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, celebrating its 30 year anniversary, is home to 20 high tech, high wage companies,” said Andrew Duffell, president and CEO of the Research Park. “We are honored to host the AURP’s International Conference coming on the heels of just having just been awarded the Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for 2014 by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).”

“Today’s innovation environment features many players, from new incubators and accelerators to co-working spaces and everything in between,” said Eileen Walker, MBA and CEO, AURP. “The thought leadership that comes from AURP members’ extensive experience in creating communities of innovation is vital to the building of the economy of the 21st Century, and the competitiveness of our nation.”

Manufacturing Association of Florida’s 11th Annual Summit and Marketplace @ Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council is hosting this year’s Manufacturing Association of Florida’s 11th Annual Summit and Marketplace at the Baytowne Conference Center, December 3-5, 2014. This is the first time this event has been held in this region, and we are hopeful we will be able to show the rest of the State our support and enthusiasm towards manufacturing!

This invitation has three calls to action:

  1. Attendance at the Summit: As mentioned this is the first time it is being held in NWF and we all need to take advantage of a drive-to opportunity!
  2. Exhibitor/Sponsor: Due to the fact it is local this year, we are encouraging you all to take this opportunity to either be an exhibitor and/or be a sponsor in an event with statewide exposure/participation. Attendees will include manufacturers, vendors, educators, economic development professionals, and others who support Florida’s manufacturing industry from throughout the state.
  3. Manufacturers: Please consider giving two hours of your time to participate in the Lightning Round (think of it as speed dating between manufacturers and potential manufacturing employees) where we will be bringing in students/transitioning military/DoD personnel to have a few minutes of your time for you to tell them what you, as a manufacturer, are looking for in employees. We are excited about this addition to the event. We hope that hearing from you…the potential employer, will aid in validating what they are hearing from educational institutions and CareerSource agencies about the wonderful career opportunities in manufacturing. All you need to do is be there and bring any brochure, samples of what is Made in Florida, whatever you desire – mostly we want you to talk to those who are considering manufacturing as a career.

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FEDC Winter Symposium @ Lago Mar Resort
Jan 15 – Jan 16 all-day


Join your fellow peers January 15th and 16th for the 2nd Annual Winter Symposium at the beautiful Lago Mar Resort in Fort Lauderdale.  This years’ program, Site Selection and Winning Communities will include Site Selectors from around the country, along with Secretary of Commerce, Gray Swoope.


  • Perceptions of Florida by consultants and businesses
  • Elements of successful community visits
  • Incentive negotiation
  • Marketing to Consultants
  • Roundtable discussions


Michelle Comerford, Project Director
Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company
Minah C. Hall, Managing Director
True Partners Consulting

Mark M. Sweeney, Senior Principal
McCallum Sweeney Consulting

Del Boyette, President and CEO
Boyette Strategic Advisors

 Mike Mullis, President/CEO
J. M. Mullis, Inc


EARLY-BIRD: $190 per person through November 19
MEMBER: $240 per person beginning November 20
NON-MEMBER: $300 per person
LagoMarThe Lago Mar is a sophisticated retreat where you can appreciate the enduring traditions of genuine hospitality. With its spectacular 500-foot private beach and secluded location encompassing 10 acres in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, the Lago Mar provides a spectacular backdrop to the 2015 Winter Symposium. Room rates are $195. Rooms cannot be booked online. Please call 1-800-lagomar (524-6627) and request rates for the FEDC Winter Symposium Group.

Symposium Registration will open soon.


IEDC Professional Development Course: Real Estate Development & Reuse @ PGA National Resort & Spa
Jan 22 – Jan 23 all-day

This course is held in conjunction with the 2015 IEDC Leadership Summit, held January 25-27, at the PGA National Resort & Spa.

This course clearly articulates the eight stage process for real estate development and reuse. Specifically, course participants will learn the fundamentals of market and site analysis, financial feasibility, and what political considerations are required to move a development project from conception to realization. Additionally, this course will cover a wide variety of financing tools that are available at the local, regional, and state levels, including tax increment financing, bond financing, tax credits, tax abatements, land assembly, and brownfield redevelopment. Multiple in-class case studies will be used to help participants work through actual financial and regulatory problems.

Agenda, Speakers and Hotel information