View the 2023 FEDC Legislative Agenda.
Mark Your Calendars:
EFI Stakeholders Council Webinar: Housing Is Economic Development- Friday, February 3, 2023 (hosted
by FEDC via GoToWebinar)
FL Chamber Legislative Days Fly-In – February 21-22
CareerSource Florida Board & Council Meetings in Tallahassee – Feb 22 and 23
Florida SBDC Network Capitol Days – March 14-15
EFI Stakeholder and Board meetings in Tallahassee – March 27 and 28
FEDC Dinner and Session Update – March 27 following joint reception with EFI Board
Northwest FL Days at the Capitol – April 5 and 6
Rural Counties Days at the Capitol Plaza – April 25 and 26
2023 Legislative Budget Requests
We are expecting the release of the Governor’s Budget soon, however agencies have been presenting LBRs to various legislative committees. Last week DEO Acting Secretary Meredith Ivey presented the following programs and related funding requests to the Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Committee, highlighting a greater than $32 billion agency investment in Florida communities and direct assistance to individuals since Governor DeSantis first took office.
- Job Growth Grant Fund (JGGF) $50 million
- Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) $25 million
- State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) $171 million
- Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) $100 million
- Digital Capacity Grant $12.9 million
- Visit Florida $100 million
- Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), SHIP $280,975,000, SAIL $121,710,000
- Space Florida $6 million
Enterprise Florida Initiatives
- Florida Made Export Initiative $2,129,463
- Florida International Business Representation Growth $935,285
- Florida Business Intelligence Program $590,286
- Florida Accelerator Bridge International $562,643
A top ranked priority of the Senate is Affordable Housing as outlined in SB 102.
Gear up for Florida Economic Development Week 2023
It’s that time of year again to get your social media posts scheduled to go live the week of February 13-17 to promote all things economic, workforce, and community development happening in Florida.
Be sure to include the hashtag #FLEconDevWeek23 and showcase your team, your programs, community assets and success stories. FEDC will be augmenting your social media presence with geofenced messaging around the State Capitol.
We are excited to partner again this year with the Florida College System Council of Presidents and many of our economic development partners to showcase the impact of our collective efforts to improve local communities and elevate Florida’s global competitiveness.
Please feel free to use these advocacy tools in your communications with the legislature...
WHAT WE DO
The Value of Economic Development
IEDC has produced the explainer video above and below on the value of economic development as expressed by members.
WHO WE ARE
Separately, here’s the link to the promotional material CALED created these explainer graphics around the value of economic development. It’s downloadable and free to use. Here is one example.
To save the images first click on one of the thumbnail images to open to its full size. Then right-click to save it to your computer.
FEDC Letter Series
The following letters are available for members to use to explain aspects of economic development with elected officials and their constituents.
• Legislative Communication Series – “International Trade”
• Legislative Communication Series – “Workforce Development”
• More coming soon.
What is a Workforce Development Board?
The National Association of Workforce Boards is committed to elevating public awareness of workforce development boards, and the key role WDBs play in communities throughout the country.
To better educate the public, elected officials, and key stakeholders about WDBs, NAWB has created an informational video “What is a Workforce Development Board?”.
You can access the video toolkit here.