This award, named for M. D. “Mickie” Birdsall, is given by the Duke Energy in support of economic developers or stakeholders seeking a fundamental understanding of the critical components of a comprehensive economic development strategy. Presented annually by the University of South Florida’s Small Business Development Center, the IEDC Basic Course is held in November of each year at USF in Tampa, FL. For more details visit their site.
To promote economic development education through scholarships to attend the Annual IEDC Basic Economic Development Course offered each Fall by the University of South Florida Small Business Development Center in Tampa, FL.
Applicants must be a member of the Florida Economic Development Council, Inc. (FEDC) in good standing and submit a completed scholarship application to the FEDC office by April 15, 2016.
Applicant must currently hold a position in economic, workforce or community development in the State of Florida or serve in a stakeholder role for a related organization.
The FEDC Vice Chairman of Professional Development shall take part in and oversee the judging process by selecting a committee to assist in reviewing the applications. The committee will select up to three (3) recipients based on the information provided. The committee reserves the right to conduct applicant phone interviews.
A phone call and formal letter will notify scholarship recipients. A formal letter will notify non-recipients.
The Birdsall Scholarship will be in the amount of the course registration fee only and will be disbursed to USF directly upon completion of the course. All other expenses attached to attendance at the conference (i.e. hotel, rental car, airline flight, etc.) are the responsibility of the scholarship winner. In the event the course is not completed, the recipient will be held responsible for paying USF the full value of the scholarship.
*The scholarships are given in honor of M.D. “Mickie” Birdsall. Mickie served the Florida Economic Development Council, Inc. in every major role, including President in 1978. She also represented Florida on the Southern Industrial Development Council’s Board of Directors in 1978-1980.