Friends,

While it is still early in 2017, it is important to remain focused on moving Florida forward - as the best state to live, work, play and raise a family. There is a philosophical discussion happening in Tallahassee about the importance of economic development activities to our state's future. As economic development professionals, we know that cultivating business activities that spur job creation and drive an increased tax base are critical elements of economic stability and opportunity. Last week, a bill was filed that would eliminate Enterprise Florida, Visit Florida and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network and essentially all economic development incentives in the state of Florida. It is our responsibility to speak up about the importance of economic development as a profession with a coordinated statewide approach.

This week you have two opportunities for your voice to be heard. On Feb. 8 and 9 in Tallahassee, there will be two committee meetings, one in the House and one in the Senate that will discuss the future of economic development in Florida. 

Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) is coordinating statewide advocacy efforts to tell the story of how assistance from your organization has made a difference in their business and in the lives of their employees. As FEDC Chair- Elect, I strongly encourage you to connect with FEDC about how you can participate in these meetings.  

Even as we defend our great work, positive activities continue around the state. We are pleased to announce that the Economic Impact module is now available in the PoweringFlorida® Resource Center. You'll be able to leverage IMPLAN data to evaluate the economic impact of an existing company or new project to your community, assess the tax impacts of a new company and quantify the impact of your organization's efforts to your community.  We are offering multiple webinar trainings to familiarize you with this new tool. As a reminder, we are offering an  Energy 101 course Tuesday, March 7 in Hialeah. You won't want to miss this energy basics course specifically tailored to economic development professionals and the in-person tour of one of our main lineman training facilities.

And our economic development professionals continue to help our state shine on the national stage. Congratulations to the eight Floridians who received national honors in DCI's 40 under 40 and Consultant Connect Top 50. I would also like to congratulate EdgeConneX® in choosing its second data center location in Miami.

In closing, it is important to stay focused on moving Florida forward and remain steadfast in our pursuit of job creation and providing economic prosperity to our state. 
 Best Regards,
  
  
  
  
Crystal Stiles
Director of FPL's Office of Economic Development 
FPL Resources
 
We provide resources and support to help drive business growth in Florida.

External marketing website with property listings from Florida's 67 counties.
  
Evaluate your community's competitive advantages and access corporate databases for recruitment.
  
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Information on prequalified sites and Florida's data center recruitment efforts.
  
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Incentives and Rates
  
Our customer bills are among the lowest in the nation, and now we're able to cut our rates even further.

Eligible businesses must create at least 25 new jobs per 350 kW of new demand.
 
Eligible businesses must have a load of 2,000 kW or greater served by a single meter, and be part of a competitive project with opportunities for lower rates outside FPL territory.
  
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Join the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC)

 

Visit FloridaWins.org

 


Trainings available for new Economic Impact module in
PoweringFlorida® Resource Center
Gain access and familiarize yourself with valuable IMPLAN economic modeling data to e valuate the value of an existing company or prospective project to your community, a ssess the tax impacts of a new company, d emonstrate ROI for any financial incentive and q uantify the economic impact of your organization's activity on the community. 

Upcoming online trainings:
  • Feb. 14: 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 15: 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Feb. 16 11 a.m. to noon
Reminder: FPL's  Energy 101 course in Hialeah on March 7
Have you ever worked with a company that had questions about energy and you just didn't know what to say? This free course is focused directly on areas you may encounter in your economic development career, ensuring you're better equipped to answer questions from prospects, understand how rate quotes are generated and more. 

What:    Energy 101 course
When:   Tuesday, March 7
Where:  Hialeah, FL
Time:    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There is no cost to attend this one day course. Lunch is included. 

Florida's economic development professionals receive national honors
Eight of Florida's economic development professionals received national recognition this month. Thank you for doing your part in moving Florida forward. 

Jennifer Conoley, Gulf Power
Scarlett Phaneuf, Bay Economic Development Alliance
Crystal Stiles , Florida Power & Light Company
Gabrielle Zurita , JAXUSA Partnership

Cathy Chambers, JAXUSA Partnership
Chris Wimsatt, Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
Lucienne Pears, Charlotte County EDC
Tim Vanderhoof, Enterprise Florida
EdgeConneX® announces second Edge Data Center® in Miami 
EdgeConneX® chooses Miami, Florida for its second Edge Data Center® (EDC) in the state. Miami boasts one of the densest fiber routes in the country with access to South and Latin America. The facility is located in Miami Gardens, just 10 miles north of the NAP of Americas. 

 Read the full news release
In January 2017, Florida announced more than 2,150 jobs from competitive projects
Amazon confirms second Jacksonville fulfillment center and additional 1,000 full-time jobs 

New EdgeConneX® Edge Data Center® in Miami focuses on interconnection relief to South and Latin America

KPMG to build state-of-the-art learning, development & innovation facility in Orlando

BlueGrace Logistics continues to expand in Tampa with 300 additional jobs
Contact FPL's Office of Economic Development
Crystal Stiles, Director: 561-694-4112, crystal.stiles@fpl.com
Danielle Pickard, Project Manager: 561-694-3230, danielle.pickard@fpl.com
Mary Dempsey, Business Analyst: 561-691-7637, mary.dempsey@fpl.com
Cavario Jackson, Data Center Analyst: 561-694-3114, cavario.jackson@fpl.com