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Feb
9
Mon
2015
2015 IEDC Excellence Awards – Call for Entries
Feb 9 – May 15 all-day

2015 IEDC Excellence Awards - Call for EntriesIEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These 34 awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Winners are recognized at IEDC’s Annual Conference.

2015 AWARDS TIMELINE

Call for Entries Begins: February 9
Early Bird Deadline: April 10
Final Deadline: May 15
Judging: June
Notification: July/August
Awards Presentation: October 4-7

Award Categories and More Information: http://www.iedcevents.org/AnnualConference/Awards.html

Mar
31
Tue
2015
Florida Companies To Watch Nominations Deadline
Mar 31 @ 12:00 am – May 8 @ 5:00 pm

GrowFL, an economic development program dedicated to helping established companies with growth potential succeed, is seeking nominations for its annual Florida Companies to Watch awards. Nominees must employ between six and 99 employees, make between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue and be headquartered in Florida. Companies can nominate themselves or be nominated by anyone else. Deadline is May 8, 5PM.

http://www.growfl.com/flctw/nominate/

May
6
Wed
2015
28th Annual Government Small Business Conference @ Embassy Suites Tampa
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The purpose of this conference is to promote increased contracting by government agencies and major corporations to small businesses. This is a great opportunity for small businesses, government agencies and major corporations to network and develop strategic relationships.

The conference will feature a half day Business Opportunity Expo, in conjunction with a full day of seminars and keynote speaker Gus Bilirakis.

The afternoon Business Opportunity Expo will feature approximately 30 large corporations and government agencies eager to network and develop new contacts with small, minority, women-owned, Veteran-owned, service-disabled Veteran-owned and HUB Zone businesses.

Information and agenda

May
8
Fri
2015
2015 International Town Hall @ Hilton Carillon
May 8 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am

TAMPA BAY EXPORT ALLIANCE PRESENTS 2015 INTERNATIONAL TOWN HALL

This event kicks off World Trade Month with an in-depth look at the people and programs driving international business growth in Tampa Bay.

More Details Coming Soon! Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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May
13
Wed
2015
Tools That Work for Economic Development – DAVIE @ Nova Southeastern University - Carl DeSantis Building - KNIGHT AUDITORIUM
May 13 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

General Description

Tools That Work for Economic Development WorksshopEffective economic development requires leadership. Policy decisions, implementation strategy and economic reality ideally come together to achieve a community’s economic development goals. This program provides real-world guidance on the fundamentals and tools of realistic economic development. Elected officials can use them to guide strategies for sustainable economic development in their communities.

Each workshop is limited to the first 100 registrants. Participation is limited on a space-available basis, and to city affiliated interests.

Speaker: Kevin S. Crowder, CEcD

Kevin Crowder is the director of economic development for Redevelopment Management Associates, an economic development and redevelopment consulting firm. He has practiced economic development in Florida for more than 20 years, which includes 15 years as the director of economic development and government affairs for the City of Miami Beach. Crowder serves on the Florida Redevelopment
Association Board of Directors and is an IEDC-certified economic developer. His expertise includes public-private partnerships, business improvement districts, market research, business and entrepreneurial assistance, private capital investment, redevelopment agency programs and government affairs. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to network among themselves for best practices and innovations.

Program Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. What Drives Economic Development?
10:00 a.m. Managing and Funding Economic Development
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Real Estate and Public Private Partnerships
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Retention vs. Recruitment
1:00 p.m. Branding for Business
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Measuring Economic Development
2:30 p.m. Wrap Up Exercise – Economic Drivers and Opportunities
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

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NOTE: This year, the Florida League of Cities is using a new online registration system for the convenience of our members. This new system requires online registration for any FLC event. The good part is that for any event, a member need only remember a password and the system will recognize them and enter all the data for that person. This will streamline the process for people who are registering for others, as well as themselves. If you have any problems with the registration portal, please contact Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com or (850) 701-3608. We are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for this system, and every new system has a learning curve. Thank you for your patience and please do let us know how we may be of assistance at any time.

May
26
Tue
2015
Take A Student to Work Day Palm Beach!
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Business Development Board and the School District of Palm Beach County have added a new alternative to the nationwide Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day celebrated every year across the country. The new program, called “Take A Student to Work Day” is scheduled for May 26.

The Business Development Board’s Branding and Marketing Education Task Force created Take a Student to Work Day so high school students could gain knowledge about the top-tier employment opportunities that are available in Palm Beach County. It’s important that students are able to see first-hand that there are many great career opportunities here. We want our best and brightest students to remain in Palm Beach County.

Public and private businesses are encouraged to volunteer to host a student for a day of job shadowing. The Business Development Board is particularly looking for businesses within the county’s booming industry clusters including agribusiness, aviation, aerospace, engineering, business and financial services, distribution and logistics, clean technology, healthcare, information technology, biotechnology and manufacturing.

The Business Development Board will notify participating businesses by Tuesday, May 19 whether a student has been placed with their company and give them some guidelines for the day. Students will not receive service credits towards graduation from the school district for participation but they will receive an excused absence from school if they provide a note in advance advising the school of their participation in the program.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the North Palm Beach Chamber have all stepped up in identifying companies that will host a student for the day. We thank you for your continued support as education directly impacts our ability to recruit companies to Palm Beach County!


Businesses who are able to host a high school student from 9am-2pm can fill out this form:

Jun
26
Fri
2015
Tools That Work for Economic Development – SARASOTA @ City of Sarasota, City Hall
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

General Description

Tools That Work for Economic Development WorksshopEffective economic development requires leadership. Policy decisions, implementation strategy and economic reality ideally come together to achieve a community’s economic development goals. This program provides real-world guidance on the fundamentals and tools of realistic economic development. Elected officials can use them to guide strategies for sustainable economic development in their communities.

Each workshop is limited to the first 100 registrants. Participation is limited on a space-available basis, and to city affiliated interests.

Speaker: Kevin S. Crowder, CEcD

Kevin Crowder is the director of economic development for Redevelopment Management Associates, an economic development and redevelopment consulting firm. He has practiced economic development in Florida for more than 20 years, which includes 15 years as the director of economic development and government affairs for the City of Miami Beach. Crowder serves on the Florida Redevelopment
Association Board of Directors and is an IEDC-certified economic developer. His expertise includes public-private partnerships, business improvement districts, market research, business and entrepreneurial assistance, private capital investment, redevelopment agency programs and government affairs. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to network among themselves for best practices and innovations.

Program Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. What Drives Economic Development?
10:00 a.m. Managing and Funding Economic Development
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Real Estate and Public Private Partnerships
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Retention vs. Recruitment
1:00 p.m. Branding for Business
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Measuring Economic Development
2:30 p.m. Wrap Up Exercise – Economic Drivers and Opportunities
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

DOWNLOAD FLIER

NOTE: This year, the Florida League of Cities is using a new online registration system for the convenience of our members. This new system requires online registration for any FLC event. The good part is that for any event, a member need only remember a password and the system will recognize them and enter all the data for that person. This will streamline the process for people who are registering for others, as well as themselves. If you have any problems with the registration portal, please contact Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com or (850) 701-3608. We are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for this system, and every new system has a learning curve. Thank you for your patience and please do let us know how we may be of assistance at any time.

Aug
11
Tue
2015
Tools That Work for Economic Development – WINTER PARK @ Winter Park Civic Center
Aug 11 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

General Description

Tools That Work for Economic Development WorksshopEffective economic development requires leadership. Policy decisions, implementation strategy and economic reality ideally come together to achieve a community’s economic development goals. This program provides real-world guidance on the fundamentals and tools of realistic economic development. Elected officials can use them to guide strategies for sustainable economic development in their communities.

Each workshop is limited to the first 100 registrants. Participation is limited on a space-available basis, and to city affiliated interests.

Speaker: Kevin S. Crowder, CEcD

Kevin Crowder is the director of economic development for Redevelopment Management Associates, an economic development and redevelopment consulting firm. He has practiced economic development in Florida for more than 20 years, which includes 15 years as the director of economic development and government affairs for the City of Miami Beach. Crowder serves on the Florida Redevelopment
Association Board of Directors and is an IEDC-certified economic developer. His expertise includes public-private partnerships, business improvement districts, market research, business and entrepreneurial assistance, private capital investment, redevelopment agency programs and government affairs. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to network among themselves for best practices and innovations.

Program Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. What Drives Economic Development?
10:00 a.m. Managing and Funding Economic Development
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Real Estate and Public Private Partnerships
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Retention vs. Recruitment
1:00 p.m. Branding for Business
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Measuring Economic Development
2:30 p.m. Wrap Up Exercise – Economic Drivers and Opportunities
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

DOWNLOAD FLIER

NOTE: This year, the Florida League of Cities is using a new online registration system for the convenience of our members. This new system requires online registration for any FLC event. The good part is that for any event, a member need only remember a password and the system will recognize them and enter all the data for that person. This will streamline the process for people who are registering for others, as well as themselves. If you have any problems with the registration portal, please contact Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com or (850) 701-3608. We are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for this system, and every new system has a learning curve. Thank you for your patience and please do let us know how we may be of assistance at any time.

Oct
4
Sun
2015
IEDC 2015 Annual Conference
Oct 4 – Oct 7 all-day

IEDC 2015 Annual Conference

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 5

Join economic developers from around the world to discuss the most important issues in economic development today, including:

  • Infrastructure development and public financing
  • Building effective economic development organizations and affiliates
  • Encouraging a robust private sector
  • Relationships and communication

The growing global economy requires new methods to secure economic resiliency for the future. What better place than Alaska, the New Frontier, to explore a new foundation for economic prosperity, and evolving roles for economic development practitioners. The conference will follow four tracks that explore the theme of creating future growth & prosperity:

  • Government and Economic Resiliency
  • Frameworks for a Robust Private Sector
  • Value Proposition of NGOs and Nonprofits
  • Role of Institutes of Higher Learning in Economic Development

With over 1,000 projected attendees, this event is essential for economic developers at all stages in their careers and at all levels within the profession. Don’t miss out on the largest international gathering of economic development professionals in the world.

Information and Registration

Nov
5
Thu
2015
Florida Companies to Watch Awards Program @ Hard Rock Live
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

FLCTW

Presented by GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, in association with Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch (FLCTW) celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida.

Companies to Watch is a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching”.

View the FLCTW program video.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is now available! Get your company in front of second-stage companies entrepreneurs and show your support by becoming a sponsor. For information on sponsorship, contact tnemecek@growfl.com.