FloridaMakes Receives Grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to Assist Florida Defense Contractors Comply with New Department of Defense Regulations

August 5th 2020

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has awarded funding to FloridaMakes from a grant it received from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), for the creation of the Florida Defense Cybersecurity Training Program. Funding will be used to administer programs and trainings that assist small and medium-sized defense contractors in becoming aware and compliant with the DoD’s Regulations for Cybersecurity, including the DoD’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standards for cybersecurity.

FloridaMakes will work with DEO to conduct a series of educational and engagement events and training modules for companies within Florida’s defense industrial base and provide Cyber Physical Security (CPS) assessments for small and medium manufacturers in the defense supply chain. Making use of curriculum and best practices developed through its partnership with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, FloridaMakes will support greater awareness of and ability to comply with the DoD’s cybersecurity requirements of the DFARS 252.204-7012, NIST SP800-171 R1, and the CMMC. The Florida Defense Cybersecurity Training Program will assist in strengthening, protecting and growing Florida’s aerospace and defense supply chains.

FloridaMakes to Co-Host Second Annual Cybersecurity Forum Virtual Event to be Keynoted by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

August 3rd 2020

The Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida (FAIF), Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), FloridaMakes and Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) will co-host the Cybersecurity Forum 2020 on September 16-17. The second annual forum, which is being held as a virtual event this year, will include relevant educational offerings on best practices in cybersecurity for businesses across all industries and professionals at all levels. The event will also provide a thorough overview of the new federally mandated Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Standards and guidance for the tens of thousands of Florida companies that must ensure compliance to maintain their business operations.

Recognizing the State's High-Performing Manufacturers

July 27th 2020

The award process has been developed through the cooperative efforts of strategic partners, FloridaMakes and The Florida Sterling Council. The award examiners’ team is comprised of individuals who contribute time, expertise and diverse perspectives in company evaluations.

The purposes of this award process are:

  • To recognize high-performing Florida manufacturing companies.
  • To offer an avenue for networking and sharing of best practices.
  • To provide feedback and opportunities for improvement to encourage and develop higher performance in participant companies.
  • To elevate the community perception of the Florida manufacturing sector and its positive contribution to the Florida economy.                                                                               

FloridaMakes and the Florida Sterling Council Announce Finalists for the 2020 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards

July 27th 2020

The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced today that 10 manufacturing companies have been named as finalists for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. The winners, chosen from among the finalists, will be announced at the 2020 Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards Virtual Celebration on Oct. 2.

The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes collaborated on these statewide awards to recognize the state’s high-performing manufacturers. Companies were judged in six categories of criteria, including leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce and operations. 

FloridaMakes Awarded National Science Foundation Grant for Future of Workforce Caucus

July 24th 2020

FloridaMakes received a National Science Foundation grant to organize and execute the Technician Future of Work Issues Caucus for Florida Community Colleges and Manufacturers. The purpose of the event will be to gather key leadership from the advanced manufacturing industry along with its workforce and education stakeholders to foster a conversation around the future talent needs of the smart factory. 

The goal of the Caucus is to identify technologies in Florida's small- to medium-sized manufacturers that directly contribute to Florida's technicians’ skills gap.  The project will first survey both manufacturers and 2-year college educators in Florida about future technical skills that will be used in manufacturing environments.  Stakeholder organizations including Associated Industries of Florida, CareerSource Florida, the regional manufacturers associations across the state, the Florida Department of Education's Division of Career, Technical, and Adult Education plus, Florida’s 28 state colleges and 48 technical centers will help distribute the questionnaires. The results will be reviewed by a select group of educators and manufacturers during the Caucus’ events. Outcomes and recommendations from this process will be shared with the public.



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