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FCMA Joins Governor’s Campaign To Save Enterprise Florida And Visit Florida
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:12
In order to protect future jobs and to continue the bolstering of the local economy through the recruitment of manufacturing, the First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) has joined Governor Rick Scott’s campaign to prevent the elimination of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida by the Florida Legislature.

Both Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida are state agencies that use state funds to promote tourism and business relocation to the state. The Florida House of Representatives have voted to eliminate both agencies in the current legislative session.

According to the Governor’s office, 56,130 jobs have been created in Duval County since 2010 as a result of Enterprise Florida efforts. In addition, over 82 million tourists visited Duval and Nassau counties in 2015; with direct spending resulting in $1.8 billion economic impact.

“You only have to look at the jobs being brought to the area by Amazon, the jobs created by Johnson & Johnson VisionCare’s expansion, and the new jobs from General Electric to see how critical Enterprise Florida is to Northeast Florida,” explained Lake Ray, president of FCMA.

“It is important that we remind our Legislative Delegation that jobs are the key to the growth of the First Coast, that in turn, benefits our economy, our schools and our quality of life.”

The First Coast Manufacturers Association is a non-profit trade association serving Northeast Florida. There are over 1,500 manufacturing companies on the First Coast, supplying over 30,000 jobs and generating nearly 15% of the total gross regional product. Additional media information on FCMA is available at www.fcmaweb.com.

 
FSCJ - MyTech Hire grant
Friday, 03 February 2017 18:50

Check out the MyTech Hire grant that Florida State College was recently awarded to assist our local manufacturing community. This grant will pay for any OSHA 30 Gen Industry and Hazwhoper certification. Click here for more information.

 
Build Your Company's Emerging Leaders - Webinar
Monday, 09 January 2017 20:16

Build Your Company's Emerging Leaders - Jan. 19 FloridaMakes Webinar

On Thursday, Jan. 19, you can join other manufacturers across the state -- without even leaving your desk -- by participating in the January FloridaMakes webinar created especially for manufacturers.

This month, Florida Sterling Council's Organizational Development Director Pat Sciarappa will present how to develop emerging leaders within your company - and explain how doing so can help you retain and and inspire skilled workers.

To participate, you must register by January 18 by completing the registration process through this link:  https://www.floridamakes.com/events/webinars/2075-developing-emerging-leaders.stml The webinar takes less than 1 hour and is free to FCMA members.

 
Abatix - Free December Training
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:51
FCMA Member Abatix is offering free training to FCMA members this month! Click here for more information.
 
Professional Progress
Thursday, 01 December 2016 17:28

Professional Progress

The 2017 Professional Progress class is now open for nominations! The 25 seats available will fill up quickly, so don’t wait until the deadline to get in! Click here for the nomination form; click here for an overview of the program.

 
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