Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County Announces Strategic Partnership with FloridaMakes

July 8th 2020

The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County (“EDC”) announced today that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with FloridaMakes which will add immediate value to the EDC’s long-standing Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network (TeCMEN). 

With a stated goal of maximizing the level of operational resources available to the EDC’s TeCMEN and its members, the agreement will result in TeCMEN being integrated into FloridaMakes’ statewide manufacturing workforce development activities and monthly best practice calls.  In addition, FloridaMakes will assist the EDC with promotional activities and content associated with the organization’s TeCMEN Industry Day – an event that has become the Gulf Coast region’s premier one-day technical expo.  Held annually since 2017, the 2020 TeCMEN Industry Day is scheduled for August 27 in Fort Walton Beach.

FloridaMakes Works with Industry to Sponsor the First Statewide Online Manufacturing Apprentice Program

April 30th 2020

FloridaMakes is sponsoring a statewide registered apprenticeship program –– the FloridaMakes Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship. The first program offered will focus on entry-level skills for new and existing employees in the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) occupation. 

AIF in Partnership with Space Florida and FloridaMakes Accelerates Critical Connections Between Florida Manufacturers & Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 8th 2020

Announcement of the deployment of an online database for Florida’s small to large manufacturers to engage in the marketplace.  The online database, Connex Florida, started as a disaster risk mitigation effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and is proving to be a critical tool to streamline connections between Florida manufacturers and businesses in need of their products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor DeSantis signs Executive Order 20-91, “Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency”

April 2nd 2020

This order provides the necessary and broad authority for manufacturers, as designated in the DHS Guidance, to present to local governments and, in some cases, customers as a basis for continuation of their production operations.

The FloridaMakes Network Reports New Impact Numbers (Q4 - 2019)

March 13th 2020

-- $1.6 billion dollars in economic impacts -- 9,137 manufacturing jobs created or retained -- An average of $4.5M in impact and 28 jobs created or retained per company --



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