Florida Economic Development Conference
July 13-15, 2015 • Orlando, FL



Monday, July 13, 2015

12:00 pm Registration Opens/Exhibitor Setup

4:00 pm FEDC Board Meeting

4:00 pm Obtaining Your Economic Development Certification featuring MJ Stanley, CEcD

6:00 pm Networking Reception
2015 Promotion and Marketing Awards Presentation

7:30 pm Dinner on your own

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

7:30 am Breakfast on your own

7:30 am Silent Auction Opens/Exhibit Hall Opens

8:00 am FEDC Leading the Way presented by
Bob Swindell, 2015 Chairman, Florida Economic Development Council
President & CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

8:30 am Opening Plenary featuring
Bill Johnson, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO, Enterprise Florida
Introduction by: Rick Weddle, President & CEO, Orlando Economic Development Commission

9:15 am Technology Docking with NASA Plenary featuring
Mike Vinje, Small Business Technology Manager, KSC SBIR/STTR Lead,
Center Planning and Development Office (AD-T)
Introduction by: Elizabeth Huy, Senior Manager, Business Development, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

10:00 am Innovation in Sports Plenary featuring Virgil Christian, USTA Market Development & Collegiate Tennis Director

10:45 am Break

11:00 am Florida Leadership Panel featuring
Bill Johnson, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO, Enterprise Florida
Chris Hart IV, President & CEO, CareerSource Florida
Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Frank DiBello, President & CEO, Space Florida
Moderated by: Stuart Rogel

11:45 am Buffet Luncheon

12:15 pm Florida Economic Development Council Annual Meeting

12:30 pm Leadership Keynote featuring Stan W. Connally Jr., President & CEO, Gulf Power Company

1:15 pm Break

1:45 pm The Future Florida Plenary featuring
Gray Swoope, President & CEO, Vision First Advisors
Introduction by: Pam Rauch, Vice President of Development and External Affairs, Florida Power & Light

2:30 pm Rural Community Competitiveness Plenary featuring
Victor Leotta, Leotta-Evers Consulting

3:15 pm Break

3:30 pm Competitive Manufacturing Careers featuring Lynda Weatherman, President & CEO,
Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

3:45 pm Economic Update Plenary featuring Sean Snaith, Ph.D., Director
University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness

4:30 pm Break

5:30 pm Reception hosted by Florida Trend

6:30 pm Eunice Sullivan Economic Development and
Toni Jennings Workforce Development Professional of the Year Dinner

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

7:30 am Networking Breakfast

7:30 am Silent Auction Opens

8:00 am Opening Remarks

8:15 am Break

8:30 am Concurrent Professional Development Roundtables featuring Leadership from
Enterprise Florida, CareerSource Florida and the Department of Economic Opportunity
Business Retention & Expansion facilitated by Lisa Rice, President, CareerSource Brevard
Business Attraction facilitated by Crystal Sircy, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Enterprise Florida
Marketing facilitated by Kim Wilmes, acting Chief Marketing Officer, Enterprise Florida
International Trade facilitated by Manny Mencia, Senior Vice President, International Trade & Development, Enterprise Florida
Entrepreneurship facilitated by Bill Spivey, Vice President, Capital Programs MaSBEC, Enterprise Florida
Leadership (for CEOs, presidents, directors, etc.) facilitated by Steve Quello, President, CEO Nexus

10:30 am Break/Silent Auction Closes

10:45 am Technology Plenary featuring
Tim Hale, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Coastal Cloud
Helga van Eckert, Executive Director,
Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity

11:30 am Closing Luncheon

12:00 pm Presentation of the Dan Webster Young Innovator Scholarship Award
sponsored by The Corridor

12:30 pm 20 Years of the Florida High Tech Corridor featuring
Dr. Judy Genshaft, President, University of South Florida
Dr. Kent Fuchs, President, University of Florida
Dr. John Hitt, President, University of Central Florida
The Honorable Toni Jennings
Moderated by Randy Berridge, President, The Corridor

1:15 pm Closing Remarks

1:30 pm Adjourn