Thursday, April 18 2019
Expansion Solutions is proud to announce Kimberly Merkel, National Account Director, has been chosen for the second year in a row as the Master of Ceremonies for the Florida Economic Development Council Conference. This year's conference will be held at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida, May 20-22, 2019.
About the Florida Economic Development Council
The Florida Economic Development Council is the professional association of economic, workforce and community developers. These professionals work in Florida’s 67 counties, 400+ cities, 24 workforce regions, 28 colleges, 12 universities, as well as utilities, ports, airports, and industrial authorities.
FEDC’s members are among the highest credentialed professionals in the industry – many with advanced degrees in finance, business, IT, engineering, planning and real estate.
FDC educates, advocates for, and connects Florida’s economic development professionals. The staff, board members and committee members of the Florida Economic Development Council dedicate themselves to providing leadership and vision to advance economic development professionals and economic development throughout the state of Florida as a whole.
Tuesday, March 19 2019
A Career Exploration Program for High School Seniors
Vero Beach, FL -- In partnership with the Indian River County School District and CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC), the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Office has launched its first Manufacturing Boot Camp program. The Boot Camp will run May 20-24, from 8am to 4pm each day and is free to all high school seniors in Indian River County. Each day will begin and end at the Treasure Coast Technical College in Gifford.
The program introduces high school seniors to the manufacturing industry, providing an opportunity for students who are not college-bound to explore potential careers in this exciting and diverse industry sector. Students will tour local facilities each day, talking with owners and plant managers about the skills needed to operate machinery plus what it’s like working as a “team player” in this type of environment. A total of 11 plant visits are scheduled: Triton Submarines, Dragonfly Boatworks, Girard Equipment, Float-On Boat Trailers, M.A. Ford, Nylacarb, Aluma Tower, Fibealumn, United Juice, CVS distribution facility, and Piper Aircraft.
Tuesday, March 05 2019
A Focus on the U.S. and Florida Economies
Vero Beach, FL - The Economic Development Office of the welcomes Dr. Sean Snaith, Director of the , as guest speaker for a special event for Chamber members and investors in the Chamber’s economic development program. Dr. Snaith will focus on the U.S. economy and its policies, and the impact this has on Florida’s economy.
A special “Thank You” to for being an event sponsor.
Friday, February 08 2019
Port St. Lucie, FL — Ophthalmic surgical instrument maker OCULUS Surgical, Inc. held an expansion announcement ceremony on February 7 on the future site of the company’s planned $7 million, 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Tradition Center for Commerce.
OCULUS Surgical, a global leader in the medical device industry, is headquartered in the St. Lucie West Commerce Park. Over a three-year period, the addition of the new facility and its operations will increase the company’s St. Lucie County employment from 29 to 79.
Founded in 2012 by OCULUS Optikgerate GmbH, a 120-year-old corporation based in Wetzlar, Germany, the company’s surgical instruments support vitreoretinal surgery and are marketed worldwide.
Friday, December 21 2018
Fort Pierce, FL -- Islamorada Beer Company’s Fort Pierce employees recently received more than $15,000 in career training opportunities, paid for in part by a State of Florida Incumbent Worker Training Grant.
The state grant reimburses a portion of pre-approved continuing education and training costs for current employees of existing Florida businesses.
“Rather than simply looking outside the company for new talent, we have always believed that investing in and training our current employees is imperative to our success,” said Tyrone Bradley, president and co-founder of Islamorada Beer Company. “The Incumbent Worker Training Grant has helped us to further execute this belief by assisting financially with the training required to elevate these employees in their positions and prepare them for expanded responsibilities.”
Monday, September 10 2018
Tallahassee, FL — At the Florida Ports Council Annual Board Meeting last week in St. Petersburg, PortMiami Director and CEO Juan Kuryla was elected chairman. Kuryla replaces Port Everglades Chief Executive/Port Director Steve Cernak. Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira was elected as vice chairman and Port Panama City Executive Director Wayne Stubbs was elected secretary/treasurer. All positions serve one-year terms.
Tuesday, August 28 2018
DHL, the world’s leading international express services provider, recently moved its service center facility in Tucson to a new location nearly double in size to handle the increased volume of international shipping.
“As the world’s leader in international shipping, DHL is able to quickly respond to the explosive growth in international e-commerce we’re seeing throughout the country, including in the Tucson area,” said John Fox, VP and General Manager, Western U.S. for DHL Express. “Our new facility is addressing the overall increase in international shipping volume among all of our Tucson-based customers.”
DHL in Tucson is also seeing increased volumes as the result of cross-border trade with Mexico, including shipments from “maquiladoras” -- manufacturing plants that assemble products in Mexico which are then exported to the U.S.
Tuesday, June 05 2018
Tallahassee, FL — Charlotte County, Florida earned two of twelve awards presented by The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) at their annual conference. The conference was held at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott in Fort Myers from May 21st to May 23rd. FEDC is Florida’s professional association for economic, workforce and community developers. It represents over 500 members across 67 counties and 400 cities, as well as universities, utilities, seaports, airports and industrial authorities. The organization is headquartered in Tallahassee.
Charlotte County won two “2018 Promotional, Marketing and Innovation Awards” for best ad campaign and best external publication. The County created an inspirational, multi-media ad campaign called “Sky’s the Limit,” building on the success of the community landing one of the nation’s top aviation colleges. The ad campaign drew over 7,500 new visitors to the County’s economic development website in its first three months, a 66% increase over the previous site. A media campaign on Twitter and LinkedIn produced over 800,000 impressions in the same time period.
Florida Governor Announces Major Development Grant to Boost Infrastructure and Job Growth in Charlotte County
Friday, June 01 2018
Charlotte County, FL -- Governor Rick Scott announced on May 30 that Charlotte County will receive an $800,000 grant as part of the Florida Job Growth Fund. The Job Growth Fund provides financial assistance for public infrastructure projects and job training. Grant recipients are selected by the governor following recommendations from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership created to spur economic development in the state.
“Florida Job Growth Fund grants are awarded to a limited number of applicants. This grant shows that Gov. Scott and his team are believers in the economic potential of Charlotte County. We are proud of our strong working relationships with the state and sincerely appreciate being selected for a grant of this magnitude,” said Charlotte County Commission Chairman Ken Doherty.
Monday, May 07 2018
Attendees from Around the World Convene to Uncover All that Plastics Has to Offer
Orlando, FL — NPE2018: The Plastics Show officially kicked off today. The Opening Ceremony included remarks from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO William R. Carteaux, PLASTICS Chair of the Board of Directors Wylie Royce and NPE2018 Chair Glenn Anderson. Bigger and better than ever, this year’s show will complement the business transactions and relationships made on the show floor with educational opportunities for attendees. New to NPE® are the Plastics Leadership Summit and Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, two co-located educational events for sustainability and C-suite executives, respectively.
“We’ve intentionally designed programming for attendees who’ve expressed interest in expanded educational opportunities at NPE. We’ve created the Plastics Leadership Summit and co-located the annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit to bolster on-site learning,” said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO of PLASTICS. “We also announced a 100 percent waste diversion goal to further our industry’s commitment to the environment.”
Tuesday, April 24 2018
Polk County, FL — Nucor Corporation announced that it will build a rebar micro mill in Frostproof, Florida, which is located in Polk County. This is a $240 million investment and is the second rebar micro mill Nucor is constructing. In November 2017, Nucor announced a rebar micro mill project in Sedalia, Missouri.
"Nucor has always focused on growing our business to better serve our customers. We are building this rebar micro mill in a great and growing market where demand is strong and there is currently an abundant supply of scrap, a good portion of which is handled by our scrap business, The David J. Joseph Company," said John Ferriola, Chairman, CEO & President of Nucor Corporation.
Patriot Defense Group Continues to Expand in Orlando Following Acquisition of Innovative Logistics, LLC
Thursday, February 22 2018
Orlando, FL — Patriot Defense Group, a defense and intelligence services company, announced this week the acquisition of Winter Park based Innovative Logistics, LLC. in keeping with its 10-year acquisition growth strategy.
Tuesday, October 24 2017
Simplifies Payment Calculations for Eligible Companies
Vero Beach, FL -- The Indian River County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved revising the methodology used in payment calculations for the county’s Local Jobs Grant program.
The Jobs Grant is a local incentive program available to new and expanding businesses meeting eligibility criteria, such as wages, number of new jobs and inclusion in the county’s Targeted Industry list. The program, paying $3000 to $7000 per new job depending on wages paid, is performance-based, meaning the funds are paid to the company after the jobs are in place. It mirrors Florida’s Qualified Targeted Industry Tax Refund program, and can be used as the local match requirement under QTI.
Friday, July 14 2017
Orlando, FL - Amazon.com, Inc. announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Orlando, Fla. When the site opens in 2018, Amazon will create 1,500 new full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly-technological workplace.
Amazon employees at the more than 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center located at Lake Nona will pick, pack and ship small items to customers like books, electronics or consumer goods.
Thursday, June 22 2017
Financial Services Company Seeking Local Talent for Open Positions
Thursday, March 23 2017
Tampa, FL -- As referenced in the memo from Bob Bradway earlier today, Amgen will be opening a new Capability Center based in Tampa, Florida in late 2017. The Capability Center will be responsible for the delivery of essential business-enabling services, including operational, analytical, staff support and business support activities.
Currently, these roles are spread across parts of our primarily U.S.-based Finance, Global Business Services, Information Services and Human Resources organizations. By bringing these services and activities together under one roof, the Center creates the opportunity to improve collaboration, share best practices, innovate and streamline processes for the entire enterprise in a more competitive way.
An exhaustive evaluation of U.S. locations was conducted to select the location of the Capability Center. In the end, the city of Tampa was selected based on availability of skilled talent, proximity to our global sites, high quality and affordable cost of living for our staff and potential to grow in the future.
Monday, March 20 2017
Orlando, FL — CompuTech City, a local medical IT services company, is expanding operations and breaking ground on its new state-of-the-art company headquarter facility in Longwood. The expansion will result in 35 new, high-wage jobs over the next three years and a capital investment of $2,500,000.
Located on a two-acre site, the company’s new 10,000-square-foot building is expected to be complete in the fall. The state-of-the-art facility will feature over 250 solar panels, open concept to maximize natural light, and will incorporate warehouse, workplace and community spaces.
Tuesday, March 14 2017
Orlando, FL — Finexio, a financial tech company that provides a business to business commercial payment network, announced that it will relocate from Silicon Valley and open a new corporate headquarters and engineering department in Orlando. This is the first startup company from the Silicon Valley that has partnered with the Orlando Economic Partnership to relocate to Orlando. The company will create 10 new high-wage jobs. Finexio announced $1 million in funding last summer and is working with investors to raise an additional $5 million to support its growth.
Tuesday, March 07 2017
Orlando, FL — DWM Facilities Maintenance, a national provider of facilities maintenance services, announced the opening of a new office in Orlando to help facilitate DWM’s recent growth. The company, which is based in New York, will create 10 new jobs in the region over the next year with plans to continue to grow.
“We are so excited to begin this new chapter,” said David Meeks, founder and president of DWM. “Orlando’s growth and history of heightened customer experiences marries well with our growth plans and our culture of problem-solving. Expanding into Orlando gives DWM the opportunity to select employees from two labor markets, ensuring we have the best of the best servicing our clients.”
Thursday, February 02 2017
New York, NY — Development Counsellors International (DCI) announced the winners of the economic development industry’s 40 Under 40 awards at the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Jacksonville, Florida, last night. The award was designed to discover the profession’s rising stars.
“The individuals chosen by the selection committee represent an incredibly bright future for the economic development profession,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. “It’s an honor to celebrate their achievements.”
The youngest winner is 26 with the pool consisting of 14 women and 26 men.
The South and the Midwest dominated with 10 award recipients each, with the most recipients located in Florida. Large communities of 200,000 or more came away with the majority of award recipients, with 26 winners. The smallest community has a population of 2,800.
Tuesday, January 31 2017
New organization will enhance economic opportunities, business climate and quality of life in the Orlando region.
Orlando, FL — The Orlando region will now benefit from the sharp focus of a newly merged economic development and chamber entity. Its top priorities include creating high-wage jobs, expanding Central Florida’s global reach and competitiveness, supporting and enhancing educational/skills preparedness in the labor pool, strengthening advocacy for improved infrastructure and community resources, and creating an enviable quality of life that is broad-based and sustainable.
The new organization is a result of the merger of the Central Florida Partnership (CFP) and the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC). This historic move comes after three years of extensive research and discussions on the advantages of combining both groups’ resources and expertise. The combined organization will announce a new name in the coming months that will reflect its enhanced approach to economic development and will locate its offices at 301 E. Pine Street in Orlando later this year.
Tuesday, January 10 2017
IIA brings 150 jobs to the city with multimillion-dollar capital investment
Orlando, FL -- The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications, expanded its global headquarters in Lake Mary in the Orlando region, bringing an additional 150 jobs to the city and making a multimillion-dollar capital investment. The organization now has more than 200 employees in Lake Mary.
“Consolidating our operations in one location was an important goal for The IIA, and we are thrilled that we were able to make it happen in Lake Mary,” said IIA President and CEO Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA. “We are eager to begin this new chapter in The IIA’s 75-year history and look forward to many years of growth and success here.”
Tuesday, November 22 2016
Orlando, FL -- Deloitte Consulting LLP will expand its U.S. Technology Delivery Center in the Orlando, Florida region creating up to 850 new jobs over the next four years and making a capital investment of $24 million in Seminole County. This expansion comes just two years after the company announced it would locate in Lake Mary and hire 1,000 positions. Deloitte, one of the largest professional services firms in the world, is once again seeking software development, system analyst and information technology employees.
“The Orlando area proved to be a great location for the U.S. Delivery Center,” noted Bert Naquin, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Center director. “We met our initial hiring goals in half the time we expected it would take and given the success of the center and to stay ahead of clients’ needs, we’re adding up to 850 new jobs to our Lake Mary Center. The strength of the region – including a thriving international community and well-respected educational institutions – providing access to skilled, tech savvy workers – confirms our original choice for this location and makes expansion an easy call.”
Monday, October 24 2016
Orlando, FL -- The Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) saw its strongest year in the organization’s 39-year history during the 2015-16 fiscal year completing new location and expansion projects that are projected to create 5,646 new jobs in the region. The EDC exceeded its goals in job numbers by 57 percent, total payroll by 41 percent, and fully met office square-footage goals.
Thursday, October 20 2016
Kalamazoo, MI -- Officials from Western Michigan University and Florida Southwestern State College will announce an alliance that will allow WMU to offer several high-profile academic programs at FSW’s Charlotte County, Florida campus. The alliance will provide integrated programs based on the community’s need and impact on Charlotte County’s economic development.
Friday, September 30 2016
Orlando, FL -- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced the grand opening of the new SunPass Centralized Customer Service Center operated by Xerox at Ocoee's West Oaks Mall. Xerox, the largest provider of transportation technology services in the world, including parking, tolling, mass transit and photo enforcement services, will create 500 new jobs in three years in the region.
The company will implement and manage a state-of-the-art customer service system for FDOT and will occupy 70,000 square feet of otherwise empty retail space making a $6 million capital investment in the region.
Thursday, September 22 2016
Fort Myers, FL -- Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses created 22,600 private-sector jobs across the state during August, bringing the total number of jobs created in 2016 to 167,100. For the 53rd consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.4 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent. Since December 2010, 1,191,900 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in August, the lowest rate since November 2007. Gov. Scott made the announcement at All Access Multimedia, a marketing and production company in Ft. Myers that specializes in commercials, web video and infomercials.
Gov. Rick Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Florida businesses created more than 22,000 new jobs last month and that Florida’s annual job growth rate has outpaced the nation for almost four and a half years. In addition to today’s great news, this week we also announced that two businesses, Hotwire Communications and Intellitech, chose to relocate their headquarters from other states to Florida and create hundreds of new jobs.
Monday, September 19 2016
Fort Lauderdale is the new home of speedy internet company Hotwire Communications.
Fort Lauderdale, FL -- Hotwire Communications announced Thursday it plans to create 375 jobs and retain 300 existing jobs in making the former BankAtlantic building its headquarters and dubbing it the "Hotwire Technology Center." The new jobs pay an average annual wage of $51,266.
"Our business growth has been here in Florida," said Kristin Johnson Karp, president and CEO of Hotwire Communications, which was based in Philadelphia with its South Florida office in Miramar.
Hotwire has more than 100,000 customers throughout the state, she said.
Karp said the company has already nearly reached its promised job count, with 100 new employees for a total work force count of 660.
Cross Country Healthcare Celebrates Corporate Expansion And New Headquarters Location In Boca Raton, FL
Friday, September 02 2016
Boca Raton, FL -- Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRN) has announced the expansion of its corporate headquarters facility in Boca Raton, FL. The Company celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included the Mayor of the city, Susan Haynie.
Since its founding in 1975, Cross Country Healthcare has grown to more than 1,600 corporate employees today in 70 branch office locations across the United States. The new office at 5201 Congress Avenue houses 160 corporate employees and is an expansion of our current location at 6551 Park of Commerce Blvd, also located in Boca Raton, FL.
Monday, August 22 2016
Charlotte County, FL -- Cheney Brothers Inc. has exceeded all anticipated hiring and job creation goals established at the start of the distribution center project. The Charlotte County Economic Development Office assisted Cheney Brothers with applications and support for incentives from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Florida Department of Transportation in return for specific capital improvement and job creation conditions.
The Florida Department of Transportation committed to reimburse Charlotte County up to $722,000 for the construction of Cheney Way in return for Cheney Brothers beginning vertical construction prior to May 30, 2015. The company received its certificate of occupancy for the facility and began operations in October 2015.
Thursday, August 11 2016
Orlando’s pool of IT talent draws the leading telecommunications firm to Orlando
Orlando, FL -- Massachusetts-based Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a provider of communications solutions to businesses, announced it will open a new office in Orlando creating 54 new, high-wage jobs over two years and making a capital investment of $100,000 in the region.
Granite provides one-stop solutions for voice, data, internet, wireless, video and secure network options to corporate customers in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s client base includes over 85 of the Fortune 100 companies.
“Granite has seen tremendous growth and record sales across the country, and Florida especially has been one of the top growth areas for the company,” said Granite COO Rand Currier. “The speed of business growth overall in the Orlando region made it an ideal location for Granite to enter the market and provide business-critical communications services to these companies.”
Monday, July 18 2016
Global tech leader part of growing technological manufacturing trend seen in Orlando region
Orlando, FL -- Thales, a global technology leader for the aerospace, transport, defense and security markets based in Paris, France, will expand in Orlando, adding 173 new jobs in the region and investing $6.5 million in the local community.
Thales’ InFlyt Experience unit has rapidly grown to become a world leader in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) market. Thales provides in-flight entertainment and connectivity products to 100 major international airlines.
Thales’ expansion in Orlando adds to the growing trend of companies who provide technology manufacturing for transportation-related products in the region. Similar to VOXX International, a company that engineers and assembles entertainment units for automobiles, Thales repairs and refurbishes in-flight entertainment units for the aviation industry.
Thursday, March 24 2016
Axyal brings technical plastics and composites solutions to the Space Coast
Brevard County, FL -- The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) is pleased to announce that Axyal, a French company developing innovative solutions for technical plastics and composites, will open its first North American office in Brevard County, Florida.
Axyal, headquartered in Sauvagnon, France has established Axyal Space Coast to serve its U.S. customers. The company opened a sales office in Melbourne, Florida; with plans to expand into a full scale design and manufacturing facility serving a variety of sectors to include aerospace, medical, railway and automotive.
The EDC worked closely with company representatives to introduce them to the U.S. market, our local business community, and our existing aviation and aerospace industry leaders. “Brevard County offers a robust aerospace and aviation environment which played a major role in our decision to expand here. We are excited about the prospect of expanding our customer base in Brevard County and throughout the world,” stated Etienne Florin, General Manager of Axyal Space Coast.
Tuesday, February 23 2016
Kissimmee, FL -- The City of Kissimmee's Economic Development Office announced that Infinity Medical Engineering will open their business in the City by the end of the year. Infinity Medical Engineering is a medical device research, development, and manufacturing company.
Infinity Medical Engineering will open at 301 Church Street, near historic downtown Kissimmee, and will house a 10,000 square foot medical clean room.
The company develops devices that focus on curing and preventing hospital acquired infections, as well as improving current technologies and medical diagnostic equipment. They will manufacture catheter devices and own a microbial formula that prevents hospital infections from occurring. They also own blood analysis equipment which provides results in seven (7) minutes, as opposed to the 48-hour wait time that now exists.
Tuesday, October 06 2015
Expansion to bring 1,000 New Jobs to Brevard County
Brevard County, FL -- Oakridge Global Energy Solutions (OGES), a global leader in the development and manufacturing of solid-state battery systems and lithium technology, will expand its operations into a larger 230,000 square foot facility in Palm Bay, Florida and create 1,000 new jobs.
OGES is an integrated “made in USA” energy storage solutions company that uses state-of-the-art technology to develop and make advanced, high quality cells, batteries and power systems. The Palm Bay expansion will deliver these transformational battery products across a range of industrial segments.
“We’ve called the turning point of the ‘Made in USA’ onshoring movement pretty accurately,” said Oakridge Executive Chairman & CEO, Steve Barber. “We are bringing jobs back home to America, and as a foreign player by definition, few can compete with us on the ‘Made in USA’ movement.”
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence, Building 228, Awarded LEEDŽ Silver Certification
Monday, September 28 2015
The Austin Company provided planning, architectural design, engineering and construction management/ general contractor services for new program management and engineering facility.
Melbourne, FL -- Building 228, a program management and engineering building on Northrop Grumman’s Aircraft Design Center of Excellence campus in Melbourne, Florida, was recently awarded LEED® Silver Certification.
The Austin Company an international design and construction firm, served as architect, engineer and construction manager/general contractor for this new 210,000 SF facility for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
An important consideration in the building’s design and construction was incorporation of environmental and sustainability practices.
Thursday, September 10 2015
Start of luxury seating facility marks important milestone for North Brevard
Brevard County, FL -- Embraer’s fourth project in Brevard County is now officially underway. Joined by Florida Governor Rick Scott and local, national and international dignitaries, Embraer leaders broke ground today on a new facility for the company’s Aero Seating Technologies division at Spaceport Commerce Park in the City of Titusville.
The new facility will include design, development and production of luxury seating solutions for various Embraer products, and will bring 150 new jobs to the area with an average wage of $48,000 annually.
“The new Embraer Aero Seating Technologies facility in Titusville will enable us to offer our customers the most advanced seating products and is further testament to the success of our partnership with the great state of Florida,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President & CEO. “We are honored with the support of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Brevard County, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and the North Brevard Economic Development Zone (NBEDZ), and we are proud to continue to build upon this foundation of vision and trust.”
Wednesday, September 02 2015
Cocoa Beach, FL -- The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Marshall Hooks as its next Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director. Hooks hails from Dawson, Georgia and is currently the President & CEO of the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce. With over 3 combined years of Chamber experience, Hooks brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a love of tourism and fundraising. Hooks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
"I am truly honored and blessed to have been selected as the Director of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce's CVB,” said Hooks. “I have big shoes to fill and I am excited to work with Jennifer, the Chamber team, the partners, and the community to continue promoting the Cocoa Beach area as one of Florida's top tourist destinations."
Hooks will begin his new role at the Chamber’s CVB on Monday, September 21.
Tuesday, August 25 2015
Jacksonville, FL -- Christian Harden has been promoted to Senior Vice President at NAI Hallmark Partners joining the senior level of company management. The timing of the move comes as Harden has reached several career benchmarks.
‘Christian has distinguished himself among his coworkers and industry peers as the consummate commercial real estate professional, measured both in aggregate brokerage volume and leadership,’ said Dave Auchter, EVP/COO at Hallmark. ‘He has progressed through his unique experiences to become an exceptional advocate for our clients, representative for our industry and advocate for Jacksonville.’
Thursday, August 06 2015
Companies Identified through Needs Assessment will receive NASA “Counseling”
Brevard County, FL -- Technology Docking, a strategic alliance between NASA and the EDC is a regional initiative and part of NASA’s national pilot program for Regional Economic Development (RED). The partnership provides small and medium-sized manufacturers and technology based companies, access to NASA’s resources both at the Kennedy Space Center and across the nation. On Wednesday, at the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast Board Meeting, the following nine companies were announced to participate in the first annual Technology Docking Roadshow.
Thursday, July 30 2015
Up to 300 Customer Experience Positions Will Be Housed on Riomar Drive
Brevard County, FL -- TeleTech, a leading global provider of customer experience, engagement and growth solutions that employs 500 in Melbourne, plans to expand its workforce at a site in Rockledge by up to 300 customer experience positions.
“We are very excited to be expanding our customer experience team in Brevard County. The opportunity to have additional full-time and seasonal employees will help us respond to the needs of our clients and future clients more efficiently,” said Kimberly Johnson, vice president of Operations at TeleTech.
TeleTech is looking for Customer Service and Sales Representatives and Licensed Healthcare Insurance Sales Agents. TeleTech will cover the cost of the licensing training and exam fees for prequalified applicants interested to participate in their Healthcare Insurance Career Development Program to become licensed in this growing field.
Monday, July 13 2015
The announcement follows the company’s acquisition of Exelis, Inc.
Brevard County, FL -- Harris Corporation announced today that it will maintain its corporate headquarters in Brevard County, Florida. The announcement follows the company’s acquisition of Exelis Inc.
The EDC has been working closely with Harris leadership and our state economic development leaders. This decision is the result of multiple meetings and discussions that have taken place since the announcement of the acquisition of Virginia-based Exelis, Inc.
William Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corporation, said, “Thanks to the leadership of Governor Scott and the low tax, business-friendly climate in Florida, Harris Corporation has decided to keep our corporate headquarters in Brevard County. We are proud of our decades-long relationship with the local community and we appreciate the support of the Governor and the local economic development commission as we remained focused on our future growth. We know Florida is the best place for our company, and we look forward to many more years of success in the Sunshine state.”
Tuesday, June 30 2015
The EDC was chosen to serve as the voice of military installations and their economic impact in Brevard
Brevard County, FL -- Governor Rick Scott announced the recipients of this year’s Defense Reinvestment Grants designed to protect, enhance and retain military installations and their contributions to the local economy.
Governor Scott said, “As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we are proud to announce more support for Florida’s military communities. Our thriving military installations and the economic investments they provide our local communities help make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation. As a Navy veteran, I am proud to announce the combined funding from the Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs, and the Defense Support Task Force Grant Program will provide more than $3 million of support for defense communities across the state. We are committed to continuing to make important investments to support the brave servicemen and women, veterans and military families who selflessly serve our country.”
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) was selected once again to receive $75,000 and continue its activities highlighting the positive economic influence military installations have in Brevard County.
Monday, June 15 2015
Embraer brings new manufacturing operation to Spaceport Commerce Park
Brevard County, FL -- Earlier this morning at the International Paris Air Show, Governor Rick Scott announced Embraer will construct a new building in the Spaceport Commerce Park in Titusville, Florida. The project, known locally as Project Eagle during the site selection process, will bring 150 new jobs to the area; with an average wage of $48,000 annually.
“Embraer’s footprint in Florida continues to grow and we are excited to announce this additional investment and creation of new jobs in our state,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “By removing the sales tax on manufacturing equipment last year, we are signaling to businesses across the world that Florida has a competitive advantage over other locations, and companies like Embraer know that our state is the best place to grow and create jobs. We are here in Paris today to share our success with companies from across the world, and we will continue to do all we can to make Florida the global destination for jobs.”
Monday, March 16 2015
Tampa, FL -- Florida's Governor Rick Scott announced the expansion of Xcelience, an international contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) servicing the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Xcelience will expand product development services and manufacturing operations in Tampa, creating 100 new jobs and retaining another 100 jobs. Xcelience will also invest $9 million in the region as part of the expansion.
Governor Scott said, “We are proud to announce that Xcelience is adding 100 new jobs in Florida because we know that every new job helps a family in our state. We are glad that Xcelience has continued to invest and expand in Florida, and it is announcements like this that are helping our state become the global destination for jobs.”
Wednesday, February 25 2015
High concentration of high technology, engineering workforce positions Space Coast at #7
Brevard County, FL -- In a recently released Brookings Institute report focused on the next generation workforce, Brevard County took the #7 spot on the list of metropolitans with the greatest share of Advanced Industries employment. The Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville metro was listed in impressive company with heavy technology hitters like San Jose, Seattle, San Francisco and it beat out Boston, Houston and San Diego to round out the top ten.
In the Brookings report, America’s Advanced Industries: What They Are, Where They Are, and Why They Matter, the Advanced Industries sector is noted as encompassing 50 industries ranging from manufacturing such as automotive and aerospace to high-tech services such as computer software and computer system design. It’s also deeply engrained with technology research and development (R&D) and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas where Brevard maintains a strong foothold. Read Full Story...
Wednesday, February 11 2015
Port of Pensacola to feature tour of two energy facilities
Pensacola, FL -- For the first time, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is sponsoring a program for port and maritime industry professionals that will focus exclusively on the benefits and challenges of investing in various types of energy projects. AAPA’s Maritime Economic Development Energy Projects Seminar, being held in Pensacola, Fla., Feb. 24-25, and hosted by the Port of Pensacola, will review new and emerging energy technologies, and reveal opportunities for collaboration and cooperation for various energy-handling systems.
Wednesday, February 04 2015
Manufacturer to invest more than $16 million in Brevard County
Brevard County, FL -- Governor Rick Scott announced that Merritt Island Boat Works will open a new manufacturing facility in Merritt Island, which will create at least 380 new jobs and a capital investment of more than $16 million in Brevard County.
Governor Scott said, “Florida is on a mission to become the global destination for jobs and it great news for the families in Brevard County that 380 new jobs will be added to the community. While Merritt Island Boat Works considered other states for their new facility, they chose Florida as the best place to create jobs. This year, we are proposing to permanently eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing equipment so more manufacturers like Merritt Island Boat Works will choose Florida to grow and expand their business.”
Thursday, January 08 2015
Specialty Grocer to Join CIW’s Fair Food Program, Increase Purchases from Participating Florida Growers in Support of Groundbreaking Human Rights Initiative
The collaboration breaks new ground in the CIW’s award-winning Fair Food Program in two significant ways. First, starting with the 2015-2016 season, The Fresh Market will increase its purchases by 15% year-over-year from Florida tomato growers participating in the Fair Food Program. This is an important new precedent that recognizes and supports growers who are making significant investments to improve labor conditions on their farms with increased market share.