Sponsors

 

CO-SPONSOR


CareerSource Florida provides oversight and policy direction for workforce development programs administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida’s 24 local workforce development boards and their 100 career centers. Together, the CareerSource Florida network connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity. To accomplish our mission and vision, we work closely with industry, education and community development leaders as well as local, regional and state economic development partners, among others, to build and sustain a globally competitive workforce. Learn more at careersourceflorida.com.


The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy through the attraction, retention and expansion of high-wage jobs and capital investment within targeted industry sectors, including Corporate Headquarters, Financial and Professional Services, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Defense and Security, Distribution and Logistics, and Manufacturing. The EDC exists because of the generous support of more than 100 corporations, Hillsborough County, and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.

 

CHAIRMAN'S CLUB


Accrisoft Corporation provides a finely tuned blend of technology and services that empower your economic development organization to accomplish your goals and better serve investors. Accrisoft Freedom™ is a comprehensive software solution that spans across your organization's operations, finance, marketing, and sales departments, allowing your entire team to work together harmoniously on a single platform.


Chmura Economics & Analytics is an applied economic consulting firm specializing in delivering advanced economic analysis. Our core competencies include economic consulting, economic development, workforce development, economic impact studies, custom publications, and data and software solutions. Chmura has the experience and expertise to transform data into information that drives effective strategy and business solutions. Our premier technology platforms - JobsEQ®, and LaborEQ® - are in widespread use across the United States. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Chmura was founded in 1999 and operates regional offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Spokane, Washington.


DCI is celebrating its 60th year as "The Leader in Marketing Places." Since 1960, we have worked with more than 500 cities, regions, states, provinces and countries, helping them to attract investors, visitors, and talent. We specialize exclusively in all phases of economic development and tourism marketing including websites, branding, public relations, social/digital media, talent attraction, research, prospect development, travel trade, and special events. Current clients include a range of states (Texas, Michigan, New Hampshire, Vermont, South Dakota, and New Jersey), cities/regions (Charleston, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Research Triangle Region, and Birmingham) and countries (Netherlands, Thailand, Costa Rica and Japan), to name a few. With a team of more than 60 place marketers, DCI is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Denver, Los Angeles and Toronto.


Research Consultants International is the global leader in lead generation and qualification services for economic development organizations. Through our global partnerships we cover the globe with our network of 75 economic development consultants in over 20 countries. Our consultants speak over 15 languages and can work with your region to attract inward investments within the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 2010 our company has contacts in over 43 countries around the world and can connect you with the decision makers that are making the investment decisions for their companies. FDI365 a proprietary tool launched in 2017 and developed to answer the needs of our clients that were searching for a targeted lead generation software. FDI365 combines the newest technologies along with human curated business intelligence to provide customized profiles of companies that match your region’s criteria and that we believe to be poised for an expansion project.

 

PLATINUM


Formed in 1987, the Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) is the lead economic development organization dedicated to the overall growth and prosperity of Pasco County through the development of a sustainable and diversified economy. Pasco EDC is a private, non-profit organization that promotes countywide economic development and continues to be a strong partnership funded by corporate and public investors focused on the economic vitality of Pasco County. Pasco EDC is committed to positive growth to make Pasco County a great place to live and work. You won't find a more supportive county in which to do business.

 

GOLD


The Central Florida Development Council is Polk County’s economic development partnership responsible for recruiting new businesses to Polk County and helping existing businesses expand. Its mission is to grow an economy based on high-skill, high-wage sustainable businesses while focusing on domestic and international business recruitment and expansion, business advocacy and facilitating collaborative partnerships in Central Florida’s Polk County. With its strategic central location, Polk delivers regional access, connectivity, competitive costs and workforce talent businesses need to thrive. Putting Florida Within Reach. For more information visit www.cfdc.org.


Conway is the world's only full-service agency in the global corporate investment and FDI industries. Conway has published the award-winning Site Selection magazine since 1954, and through offices all over the world we maintain an industry-best network of corporate expansion planners. Our suite of services includes:

SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE celebrating 66 years of publishing has consistently been an award winning, highest-rated and most respected publication covering foreign direct investment (FDI), airport cities and global corporate real estate. Site Selection – is published every other month and mailed directly to over 48,000 c-suite level corporate executives. Providing exclusive insight into strategies, real estate markets, relocation costs and available incentive programs.

LEAD GENERATION – connecting clients with decision-makers responsible for hundreds of billions in new investment projects each year
EVENTS – Conway has managed events across the globe, including the annual World Forum for Foreign Direct Management
FDI TRAINING SEMINARS – Site Consultants and corporate leaders teach economic developers the best strategies for connecting with their target audience
CONWAY ANALYTICS – a web portal and monthly reports featuring global project announcements and exclusive Lead Signals
PR & MARKETING – from brand development to media placement, we deliver your message to the world
CUSTOM CONTENT – Creating editorial excellence for more than 200 global clients
IAMC – Conway has managed the Industrial Asset Management Council since its inception.


Established from St. Petersburg’s community and economic development strategy, Grow Smarter in 2016, the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation spearheads the effort to assist companies to create high-wage jobs in the targeted industry sectors of Financial Services, Data Analytics, Marine & Life Sciences, Specialized Manufacturing, and Creative Arts & Design. The EDC works to generate leads out-of-market and increase the visibility of St. Petersburg as a premier business and career destination. Structured as a public-private partnership, the EDC exists because of the generous support of the City of St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and more than 50 corporations.


Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to Central Florida's Gulf Coast. Through investment tools, professional courses and business counseling sessions, trade missions to open new markets, as well as local, regional and statewide partnerships, PCED fosters a pro-business climate in Pinellas County, Florida.


The race is on...for jobs, talent and capital investment. Is your organization ready? We can help. Founded in 2010, POWER 10 is a national capital campaign management firm specializing in campaigns to fund economic and community development programs at the city, county, region, and state levels. Our staff has managed more than 100 campaigns coast to coast and raised hundreds of millions of dollars. We are equally adept at managing first-time campaigns and “renewal” campaigns to fund second and subsequent programs. Founder and CEO Sean Mikula leads the firm together with Executive Vice President Amity Farrar, Vice President of Operations Laura Lilly, and a team of professional Development Directors and Planners. We play the role of “quarterback” in the capital campaigns we manage, provide on-site management of day-to-day campaign operations, and “make the Ask.” What distinguishes POWER 10 in the marketplace? It is the talent and tenacity of our team, the consistent quality of our services, and the fresh ideas we bring to each client. We do not rent out campaign directors, we do not “pop in” to our clients’ offices once per month and dispense counsel - we are “hands on,” all in and focused on WINNING.


St. Pete, Florida, the fifth largest city in the third largest state, is a city on the rise. Business, arts, adventure and waterfront views – St. Pete is the right city, right now.

St. Pete, FL - “A Secret Art Haven”
Garden & Gun

20 of the Top Places to Visit in the US in 2019
Trip Advisor – January 2019

Florida’s First Green City
Florida Green Building Coalition

St. Pete Ranks No. 1 in FL and 15 in U.S. for Parks System
ParkScore – July 2018

#1 – Best Cities for Women to Start a Business in 2018
Business.org – March 2018

We invite you to experience our sunshine. More info at stpete.org.

 

SILVER


Business Facilities is the leading full-service media brand specializing in the site selection marketplace. In print, online, and face-to-face, Business Facilities has created a dynamic community that connects corporate site selectors with economic development organizations from across North America and around the world. Business Facilities magazine is read by 40,000 C-level executives, corporate real estate executives and other site selection decision-makers. Published six times a year, each issue profiles state, regional and international locations. In addition, the full range of the site selection experience is covered, from "how-to" information on comparing the financial incentives offered by different communities around the world, to profiles of the latest relocations undertaken by major corporations. BusinessFacilities.com is the share of market leader among all site selection websites, providing up-to-the-minute site selection news and industry-specific features. Resources for site selectors include a 50-state Incentives Guide, the Online Site Seekers' Guide directory, Location Spotlights and more. Business Facilities LiveXchange is an invitation-only matchmaking event that connects corporate executives and site consultants that have active projects with economic development organizations from across North America. Representatives from Fortune 500 and mid-sized growth companies, plus leading site consultants meet with EDOs to discuss their relocation or expansion projects in prescheduled and confidential one-on-one meetings.


The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Serving more than 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF ranks in the top 25 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2018, the Florida Board of Governors designated USF as a Preeminent State Research University, placing USF in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF). The mission of The Corridor is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship

 

EXHIBITOR


Convergent Nonprofit Solutions is a national fundraising consulting firm that specializes in managing feasibility studies and capital campaigns for chambers, economic development organizations, community colleges, and other nonprofits. Capital campaigns can play a key role in community development efforts, including those related to both business and talent retention and attraction. Thanks to our extensive background in chamber, economic development, and workforce development fundraising throughout the country, we are able to provide your organization with valuable insights and customized solutions as to how a capital campaign can help you reach your goals.


Established in 1993, Impact DataSource is an Austin, Texas-based economic consulting firm. Impact DataSource provides high-quality economic research, specializing in economic and fiscal impact analyses. Our firm is highly focused on supporting economic development professionals and organizations through consulting services and software. Impact DataSource has conducted thousands of economic impact analyses of new businesses, retention and expansion projects, developments, and activities in all industry groups throughout the U.S. Impact DataSource developed and supports the only impact software built for economic developers, Impact DashBoard. Impact DashBoard is the result of our 25+ years of experience helping economic developers change their communities.


Neon Cloud Productions is a leader in the Economic Development Video Marketing Industry having produced over 600+ impactful videos in the past 6 years using our unrivaled Motion Graphics to uniquely tell our client’s stories. We specialize in brand building, using our digital expertise and innovative approach to bring your story to life visually with a video specifically designed to meet your needs, while also providing you with much needed Social Media content by creating short video clips and high-resolution photos. Creativity fuels our design style and cutting edge technology allows our team to produce the impossible. Ultimately, our passion and creativity drives us to deliver uniquely crafted products. We are a smart, fun firm whose clients become family, and we are eager to get to know you, your brand, and your audience in order to create dynamic videos you will be proud to showcase. Let us tell your story.