Event Details

The FEDC Foundation 2024 Annual Conference will be held April 15-17, 2024, at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach. This year we will be celebrating FEDC's 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee. There are new partnership opportunities and attendee engagements, so you will not want to miss this! Be sure to download our conference app, Glue Up, for the latest details.

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  • Apr 15, 2024

  • Apr 16, 2024

  • Apr 17, 2024

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Registration Opens and Exhibitor Setup
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Invitation Only Receptions
Two separate events: Emerging Leaders/New Members Reception and Site Location Consultant VIP Reception
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
FPL Signature Networking Dinner
Held at the Tournament Player Club. Transportation will be provided to and from the hotel until 11:00 p.m.


  • Michelle Bauer, CEcD (Chief Operating Officer at Tampa Bay EDC)

    Michelle Bauer, CEcD

    Chief Operating Officer at Tampa Bay EDC


    Michelle Bauer serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. She directs the organization’s strategic planning, competitiveness, talent development and attraction, legislative outreach, governance, and fundraising initiatives and oversees the Marketing, Research, and Investor Relations teams. As a member of the Tampa Bay EDC senior management team, Michelle provides strategic counsel to the Tampa Bay EDC President and CEO and Executive Officers of the organization’s Board of Directors. Michelle is also responsible for the career awareness and workforce training initiatives of the Tampa Bay Economic Prosperity Foundation, a 501 c 3 sister organization of the EDC.

    Michelle became a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) in 2019. She currently serves as Chair for the Florida Economic Development Council.

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  • Meghan DiGiacomo (Senior Consultant at Global Location Strategies)

    Meghan DiGiacomo

    Senior Consultant at Global Location Strategies


    From small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, state, local and global projects, Meghan has a passion for location strategy and its impact on communities large and small. She brings nearly a decade of economic development experience to GLS, working the Small Business Development Center in Orlando, Enterprise Florida, and Highlands County’s Economic Development Department. As a senior consultant at GLS, she addresses clients' location, workforce, and incentives inquiries by taking the time to understand the company’s process, key cost drivers, preferences, and key risk considerations. Meghan holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA from the University of Central Florida.

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  • Matthew Lowell (Principal at Ryan)

    Matthew Lowell

    Principal at Ryan

    Current: Principal, Ryan, Orlando office
    Partners with multinational companies to assist them with securing financial assistance for capital projects.
    Provides comprehensive business incentives services from identification to implementation to compliance.
    Project experience spans more than 40 states; specialized focus areas in data center, distribution, manufacturing, and retail.

    Previous: Director, Credits and Incentives, Ryan, Orlando office
    Manager, Ryan, Orlando office
    Coordinator, International Economic Development, economic development corporation

    Previous: Director, Business Development, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
    Director, Incubator and Economic Development Programs, University of South Florida

    Mr. Lowell is a frequent speaker on a variety of economic development, business incentives, and site selection topics. Most recently, he has featured as a speaker for the following organizations:

    Florida Economic Development Council
    Institute for Professionals in Taxation
    International Economic Development Council
    NextGen Talks

    Institute for Professionals in Taxation (2014–Present)
    Young Professionals Committee
    Annual Conference Committee
    Chair, Credits and Incentives 2022 Annual Conference
    Vice Chair, Credits and Incentives 2021 Annual Conference
    University of South Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Board of Directors (2013–2020)
    Audit Committee
    Bull Ring Accelerator Committee

    Master of Business Administration Degree (Emphasis in Marketing Strategy, Management and Organization, Supply Chain Management), University of South Florida
    Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration, University of South Florida
    Certificate, Basic Economic Development, Georgia Institute of Technology

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  • Denise Mullis (Senior Vice President and Partner at J.M. Mullis, Inc.)

    Denise Mullis

    Senior Vice President and Partner at J.M. Mullis, Inc.


    Denise Mullis is a Senior Vice President and Partner of J.M. Mullis, Inc., a project location specialist firm which provides services on a global basis for a variety of internationally recognized companies. Denise specializes in labor market analytics, ensuring to the highest degree possible the identification of qualified locations with access to a sustainable talent pipeline.

    Denise has experience consulting for a variety of industrial projects across the United States, including aviation, aerospace and automotive-related manufacturing; and distribution. Prior to joining J.M. Mullis, Denise garnered more than a decade of experience working in real estate, economic development and small business ownership.

    Some major clients with whom Denise has provided site location services include Spirit AeroSystems; Blue Origin LLC (a Jeff Bezos Company); Continental Corporation AG; Envision AESC; Dollar Tree, Inc.; Walmart; AutoZone, Inc.; Tractor Supply Company; Orgill, Inc.; Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.; and E. & J. Gallo Winery.

    Denise holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management; and she is a member of the Site Selectors Guild and the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC).

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  • William Parsons (Manager at Ryan)

    William Parsons

    Manager at Ryan


    William R. Parsons is a Manager at Ryan, LLC, who focuses on site selection and business tax credits/incentives. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies, and an associate degree in astronomy. With ten years of experience, William has worked on a diverse book of projects. Currently William is focused on assisting aerospace, defense, and manufacturing clients meet their future growth requirements and Environmental, Sustainability, and Governance (ESG) goals. Outside the office, William is a well-rounded individual who enjoys ice hockey, shooting sports, photography, watercolor, and wine. While he will always be a Virginian at heart, where he was born and raised, he now calls Florida home after living there for over fifteen years.

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  • Mary Swoope (Economic Development Manager, Industry Recruitment at Duke Energy)

    Mary Swoope

    Economic Development Manager, Industry Recruitment at Duke Energy


    Mary is the 2024 FEDC Foundation Annual Conference Committee Chair.

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  • Jake Thompson (Chief Encouragement Officer at Jake Thompson)

    Jake Thompson

    Chief Encouragement Officer at Jake Thompson


    I teach people how to compete every day with themselves. By winning the day, we win in business and in life.

    Through lived experiences as an athlete, entrepreneur and speaker, I’ve battle-tested and mastered the secret to success.

    To achieving goals and making the impossible, possible.

    To being great, not just good enough.

    From my first ‘sales job’ at 7, going door-to-door selling Christmas cookies, to my initial business selling branded t-shirts in the trunk of my car, and onto today, as a leading keynote speaker and corporate coach, I’ve unlocked what it takes to be a winner.

    The life we desire is closer than we think. It’s the small shifts in our daily focus, mentally and practically, that build a winning life.

    Through my CE³ Model, I help teams, CEOs, athletes and students develop mental toughness, master consistency, and improve day after day.

    We all have a gift inside of us, but it takes courage, systems, and a competitive mindset to access it. I’ll show you how, so you’re not sitting on the bench, waiting for life.

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  • Florida Trend

    Business and political decision-makers look to Florida Trend to learn what's happening throughout the state, but even more to understand it.

    Florida is home to 20 metro areas (three of the nation's largest) — each with its own interests, character and dynamics. Florida Trend finds the common threads, tying those competing, diverse regions together in a statewide context. For 65 years, the magazine has reported on the people and issues that have defined Florida and shaped its future — from H. Lee Moffitt to Gov. Ron DeSantis; from Tropicana to Tech Data; from small businesses to international conglomerates; from workers comp to tort reform.

    The magazine and its website offer regionally-based stories and reporting with statewide impact. Florida Trend's mix of local color and thorough, hard-hitting investigative journalism is recognized each year with regional and national awards for editorial excellence.

    With its history and unique perspective, Florida Trend has made itself indispensable to Florida's business community. And we remain committed to providing the best, forward-looking in-depth reporting on Florida available anywhere.

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  • Expansion Solutions Magazine

    Expansion Solutions (ES) is a leading media outlet for world-class economic development content, key industry-related trends, education, and breaking economic development news. ES facilitates connections between expanding companies and economic development professionals while assisting in the growth and maintenance of key relationships between a vital community of business professionals with their fingers on the pulse of economic development.

    Through our bi-monthly digital and print magazine, website, LeadGen Program, eNewsletter, social media and digital campaigns – ES has created a multi-layer platform for C-level executives, site location consultants, commercial real estate brokers and economic development organizations to exchange ideas and collaborate.

    As a full-service, multi-media company with a complete suite of tools available for branding, marketing, public relations, and business recruitment assistance, ES provides a full spectrum of services and assists in bridging the gap between corporate decision makers and public and/or private agencies seeking investment. Our mission is to provide outstanding, current event driven content to inform our readers of the latest trends, news, legislation, financial programs and insights crucial to facility planning.

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  • Bludot

    At Bludot, we are a group of tech builders, product fanatics, problem solvers, and most importantly, believers of two things: the power of technology tools to maximize each person's impact in their work; and the power of local economies no matter the community's size.

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  • 365 Degree Total Marketing

    365° Total Marketing, an award-winning, integrated marketing agency based on St. Simons Island, GA, has extensive experience in branding, digital marketing, agency media planning, custom publishing, photography, videography, and website development. For more than 30 years 365° has worked with clients throughout the United States to attract customers and investment nationally and internationally. The company and our clients have won hundreds of awards for their marketing. Employing a full range of talented professionals to fulfil partners’ marketing needs, 365° Total Marketing truly goes five degrees beyond for our clients.

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  • Glue Up

    All-in-one engagement management CRM, designed to transform your membership management with events, community, email and other powerful digital tools.

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  • Dave Parsell

    n early 2016 the co-founders of Localintel observed that most communities lacked the time and budget to harness the power of technology to attract businesses and talent as well as support existing businesses. They set out to change this.

    Fast forward to 2023 and hundreds of communities across the US and Canada use Localintel products to identify and showcase what makes their communities a desirable place for businesses to operate and talent to live.

    Through hard work and constantly listening to needs of communities and business, Localintel has become one of the most innovative location intelligence companies in the world.

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  • Osceola County Economic Development Department

    Formed on May 12th, 1887 from portions of Orange County and Brevard County, Osceola County became Florida's 40th county. Named after the famed Seminole leader, this area was a transportation hub in the late nineteenth century for riverboats and railroad. It readily began a cattle, sugar, and lumber-based economy.

    Osceola County's 1,506 square miles include the cities of Kissimmee (incorporated in 1883 and the county seat) and St. Cloud (incorporated in 1911), as well as numerous communities. The city of Kissimmee has always had a strong historical association with the Florida cattle frontier, and the city of St. Cloud has roots that trace back to a northern land baron who began a sugar plantation in 1881.

    Osceola County's oldest communities include Narcoossee and Kenansville. Narcoossee was home to numerous British immigrants who brought with them a love for the sport of polo. In fact, a team was created in 1888 and grew to more than 100 members just two years later. Kenansville is in southeast Osceola County and was named for railroad mogul Henry Flagler's third wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, once he donated five acres and $6,000 to build a schoolhouse in 1911.

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  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

    As the primary economic development organization for Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance focuses on creating, attracting, expanding and retaining high-wage jobs and capital investment in high value targeted industries, developing more vibrant communities, and improving the quality of life for our area’s citizens.

    We provide leadership and excellence in delivering economic development services for our clients, prospects, investors and partners.

    The Four Foundations of our economic development services are:

    • Marketing and Promoting Broward County
    • Managing Expansion, Relocation and Retention Projects
    • Conducting and Providing Market Research & Business Intelligence
    • Securing and Enhancing Private/Public Leadership & Investment

    From 2007 to 2022, the Alliance, working with its members, Broward County, CareerSource Broward, local municipalities and other partners helped create or retain 42,000+ direct jobs that are estimated to generate through direct, indirect and induced effects:

    Total employment of more than 85,000 jobs in Broward County
    $3.2 billion in annual personal income in Broward County
    $16.4 billion in annual economic impact in Broward County

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  • EDOiQ

    EDOiQ is a complete software solution designed by economic developers for planning, managing, collaboration, and reporting on credits and incentives projects throughout their lifecycle. It is an all-inclusive toolset for organizations to track projects of all sizes and to manage the relationships that drive maximum return.

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  • Florida SBDC Network

    As the largest network of small business consultants in Florida, the Florida SBDC provides access to no-cost consulting, affordable and high-quality resources, innovative tools, and the knowledge of experienced small business experts.

    We are the most expansive and diverse network of over 250 business consultants and consultants, many of whom have built, grown, and sustained their own businesses. For over 45 years, we have partnered with business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to accelerate their business journeys. Our nationally recognized consultants and specialists have helped over 1.7 million businesses take flight and turn their dreams into reality.

    Our business is helping your business to launch, grow and thrive.

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  • FloridaMakes, Inc.

    FloridaMakes is driven by a core set of operational values that guide how we approach our work.
    Our operational values

    We deliver customer-centric service with top and bottom line results
    We create partners, not competitors
    We increase access to and successful use of outside resources
    We raise all ships by increasing the performance and responsiveness of the entire manufacturing
    We “walk the talk” by leveraging and employing technology in our services
    We exist for public good
    We exist to add value and make a measurable difference for Florida manufacturers
    We invest our time, energy and resources in companies that invest in themselves
    FloridaMakes is the official representative of the MEP National Network and NIST MEP in the state of Florida.

    The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fuelling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.

    Focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and over 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at more than 400 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed. In 2018, the MEP National Network connected with 27,700 manufacturers, leading to $16.0 billion in sales, $1.7 billion in cost savings, $4 billion in new client investments, and helped to create and retain more than 122,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs.

    What that means for manufacturers working with the FloridaMakes network is a focus on results for your company. Our services are designed to help further your goals for profitability and growth and position you for the future. Depending on your needs and goals, that may include helping you solve a specific manufacturing problem, increase your productivity, adopt best practices, determine how your core capabilities might be used to enter a new market, or enhance your processes through appropriate advanced technology or training.

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  • JAXUSA Partnership

    JAXUSA Partnership, the private, nonprofit division of JAX Chamber, is Jacksonville’s regional economic development initiative overseeing the efforts of the seven counties of Northeast Florida.

    Our mission is to be a catalyst for economic growth and maximize the region’s unique resources to aggressively recruit jobs and capital investment to our area. Since 1990, we have been a driving economic force within the Jacksonville region and, together with our partners, have helped create more than 130,000 jobs and $9.8 billion in capital investment.

    Using strategic research and targeted marketing, JAXUSA focuses on recruiting new companies and expanding our existing business community. We offer a variety of services for businesses that are considering corporate relocation or expansion in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. Our dedicated project management team assists company executives and site consultants in all aspects of the site selection process.

    Economic development partners in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns Counties comprise the strong partnership that drives the business development process. We work closely with the independent authorities – JAXPORT, JAA, JEA and JTA – to build infrastructure ensuring we have a sustainable business climate to offer companies.

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  • EDC of South Miami-Dade

    South Miami-Dade is an ideal locale for business interests with available land zoned for commercial development.

    Dedicated to the creation and retention of well-paying jobs that offer a healthy work-life balance for South Miami-Dade residents, EDC continues to attract industries to the area, including healthcare, agriculture, construction, technology, and eco-friendly, light-manufacturing facilities. The South Miami-Dade economy is primarily comprised of small businesses. The region hosts more than 600,000 residents and 20,000 businesses

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  • Agracel, Inc.

    In today’s market, we find more and more companies needing a very specific facility. Quality buildings in many regions are scarce. That is where we come into play. Successful property development can be a daunting task. We take all of the worry from you. Agracel has adequate capital, financial expertise, knowledge of government programs and incentives, and on-staff construction managers. Our team will partner with you to purchase and develop the site, negotiate all incentives, facilitate the building design, and provide complete project supervision.

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  • Conexon

    Transforming rural communities with the power of high-speed internet, mile by mile of fiber to the home

    Conexon is committed to working with electric cooperatives and communities across the nation to help to bridge the Digital Divide by investing the resources to deploy fiber broadband networks across rural America.

    Fiber broadband success starts with effective planning and in-depth feasibility analysis.

    Conexon makes broadband make sense when others can’t. We craft innovative solutions to suit co-ops of all shapes and sizes across the country, including those that may have conducted previous feasibility studies with discouraging results.

    Conexon’s projects are the most successful in the country – because they start with a comprehensive, accurate and realistic feasibility study.

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    The Florida Center for Employee Ownership serves as the central hub for information and resources regarding transitioning Florida businesses to an employee ownership model.

    Why is this a key moment for employee ownership in Florida?

    Employee ownership is a business model in which employees collectively own a percentage of the business for which they work. Two of the main forms are Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and worker cooperatives. In both, employees are given a financial stake in the business. As the business prospers, employees prosper.

    Over the next 10 years, more than 4 million U.S. businesses owned by retiring baby boomers will change hands or dissolve.

    More than half of all small business owners do not have a succession plan.

    Many businesses will be sold and leave the state or close their doors permanently, resulting in lost jobs, tax base, and community impacts.

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  • Conway Data

    Conway Data is a full-service agency in the global corporate investment industry, with a 69-year-old publications division and a 50-year old association management division. Everything we do across our global operations is aimed at helping corporations invest and create jobs.

    For almost 7 decades, Conway Data has been the bridge between government and industry. Through our integrated services and relationships with our global network of corporate decision makers, Conway Data facilitates the attraction of hundreds of billions in foreign direct investment annually, helping create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the process.

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Member Registration
Member Price $425
Non-Member Registration
Standard Price $550
Individual Membership + Conference Registration

Includes a one-year individual annual membership plus one conference registration ticket - a 30% discount.

Standard Price $612.50
Agency Membership + Conference Registration

Includes a one-year agency annual membership plus one conference registration ticket - a 30% discount.

Standard Price $840
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Complimentary registrations are for Sustaining Membership Investors and Conference Partners as part of their benefits.

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Diamond Jubilee Dinner Only
Standard Price $100


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