Beth Cicchetti, CEcD, MEDP Executive Director Florida Economic Development Council
Beth Cicchetti is the Executive Director of the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC), a professional association of 500+ economic, workforce and community developers whose focus is improving local communities and elevating Florida’s global competitiveness. Beth is responsible for the organization’s membership development, strategic planning, advocacy efforts and commitments to the Florida 2030 Blueprint. A certified economic developer (CEcD) since 2009 accredited by the International Economic Development Council, Beth has a 36-year career in business, economic and workforce development and is the owner of Beth Kirkland Consulting LLC. As a complement to her leadership of FEDC, Beth consults with communities and businesses on strategic planning, marketing, and project development. She has served communities that have announced new jobs and capital investment in the sectors of IT, Healthcare, Energy,
Advanced Materials, Warehousing/Distribution, Transportation Solutions, Backoffice, and Manufacturing. These jobs have occurred in rural and urban markets, at airports, and as greenfield and expansion projects. Each project required unique and innovative solutions in the areas of workforce training, infrastructure, permitting and financing.
Beth graduated from the University of Louisiana-Monroe with a B.S. in Computer Science. She is also a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a M.S. in Engineering Systems Analysis. She achieved the CEcD credential in 2009 from the International Economic Development Council and the MEDP credential in 2023 through the Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program, a consortium of The University of New Mexico, Texas Christian University, and The University of Southern Mississippi.