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Brevard Year in Review

JANUARY

In our Economic Development issue, we looked at Brevard County’s revamped space industry with the help from Bill Dymond of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. From NASA, ULA and SpaceX launches, to Blue Origin building a 750,000-sq.-ft. rocket factory in Cape Canaveral, to the Starburst Accelerator, which raised a $200 million debut fund for early-stage aerospace startups, the Space Coast’s future is bright.

The EDC and the Space Coast Office of Tourism also announced a new initiative, LIVE BIG – a campaign to attract and retain high-tech talent by promoting the quality of life and exciting activities found right here on the Space Coast.


FEBRUARY

For the Construction issue, we highlighted Todd Pokrywa, Scott Miller and Stephen Johnson of The Viera Company and the organization’s $105 million investment into infrastructure. The company installed a new traffic light at Stadium Parkway and widened the road, and it is working on the development of a diverging diamond interchange at I-95 and Viera Boulevard. RUSH Construction also completed Playalinda’s brewery/pub Brix Project in downtown Titusville.

The Wall Street Journal featured the EDC’s and Brevard County’s comeback, bringing national attention to the community. Titled, “Florida’s Space Coast is Filling the ‘Crater’ Left by NASA,” the story was written by Arian Campo-Flores.


MARCH

Our Women in Business issue showcased Brevard’s top female leaders, including Laura Chiesman of FirstWave Financial, Elaine Larsen of Larsen Motorsports, Judge Michelle Naberhaus and District 1 County Commissioner
Rita Pritchett.

The EDC and Groundswell Startups, Inc. – a regional innovation incubator – announced a strategic partnership. Unveiled as the Moonshot Innovation Series, this yearlong program celebrates regional innovators and offers exposure to opportunities for partnership and collaboration, as well as access to free industry-expert mentorship and resources. EDC and Junior Achievement of the Space Coast (JA) jointly announced a partnership pilot program to teach high school students about manufacturing careers.


APRIL

The Sustainability issue covered Clean Footprint, a Cape Canaveral-based company striving to bring about a clean-energy economy. Waste Management’s green efforts, such as reducing truck miles and compact containers, were covered, as well as Massey’s environmentally friendly pest prevention procedures. SpaceCoast Business also provided tips on how to reduce your family’s carbon footprint.

The EDC hosted An Evening with the Federal Reserve. The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank’s Director of Research, Dave Altig, presented “Investing in America’s Workforce” initiative. The Federal Reserve held a roundtable discussion with Brevard County business leaders to discuss workforce issues


MAY

Florida Tech President T. Dwayne McCay and the university’s role in getting students ready for careers was highlighted in May’s Talent Pipeline edition. Embry-Riddle’s job creation efforts were discussed, and Junior Achievement’s Anne Conroy-Baiter also provided insight on community engagement’s role in the talent pipeline.

The EDC’s 4th Annual Manufacturing Expo opened to the public. More than 36 manufacturing companies demonstrated their products to students, school groups, the general public and the business community. The 14th Annual Community Leaders visit to the Washington, D.C. event supported military installations and the thriving aerospace industry. Attracting Talent: The Millennial Perspective Big Life publication
was also released.


JUNE

In the Healthcare edition of SpaceCoast Business, Health First Chief Strategy Officer Drew Rector and the hospital’s innovation and impact in Brevard were showcased, including the company’s virtual clinic. Eastern Florida State College’s new health science institute and its focus on assisting students in a growing profession were discussed, in addition to Quality Dental Products’ Derek Heath and his innovative endodontic equipment. Also featured were SimLEARN and the realistic training models used for medical personnel.

The EDC and NASA began the 3rd Annual Technology Docking Strategic Technology Partnership to assist companies overcoming technology challenges by working with a NASA technology center and subject matter expert.


JULY

July’s Regional Priorities issue featured Erica Lemp and WeVenture’s focus on advancing business opportunities for women, as well as OneWeb’s goal of providing worldwide Internet through Brevard’s space industry. The county’s legal professionals were also highlighted.

The EDC and community leaders celebrated the official opening of RUAG Space USA Inc.’s manufacturing facility in Titusville. RUAG’s partnership with OneWeb Satellites supports the growth of a robust supply chain for the local commercial-space sector. Walmart’s plans for a state-of-the-art distribution facility at the Port Canaveral Logistics Park showcases Brevard County’s competitive advantages essential to a multifaceted business climate.


AUGUST

360 Hospitality’s CEO Samir Patel and COO Dilesh Patidar, Port Canaveral’s cruise ship destination and Florida’s Coast-to-Coast Trail were some of the features for August’s Tourism edition. Also highlighted were the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA)’s arrival to Space Coast Stadium in Viera and its tourism impact in Brevard.

The EDC and community leaders welcomed Red Canyon, an aerospace engineering and software company based in Denver, CO to historic downtown Titusville. The company will spearhead a rejuvenation project for the historic Walker Bank and Apartment building, which will include 20-24 boutique-style apartments for the company’s employees, as well as a collaborative workspace for company operations.


SEPTEMBER

The Space Coast’s top business founders were celebrated in September’s issue, which included Edward and Ruth Richard of Richard’s Paint as the 2017 Founders of the Year. SpaceCoast Business’ special feature, One Vote Counts, shed light on how a single vote that brought in Embraer led to a domino effect of growth in the area.

Manufacturers rang in Manufacturing Month 2017 at the 2nd Annual State of Manufacturing event, hosted by the EDC Regional Manufacturing Association (MASC).  Brevard County certainly has reason to celebrate, as it is home to the highest concentration of manufacturing employment in the state with more than 500 local manufacturers representing 23,000 workers.


OCTOBER

The Technology edition’s cover story showcased Sorensen Moving & Storage Company’s Scott and Chris Sorensen and the company’s logistic-based solutions and impact in moving goods across Central Florida. The rise of women in STEM careers, and Up-Rev’s ability to bring life to companies’ ideas through its engineering and technological prowess were also featured. The issue also had a special section showcasing the area’s young professionals.

The EDC and the manufacturing community held Manufacturing Month, a celebration of an important sector that drives our local economy. Activities throughout the month included an open house, speaking engagements, social media and student tours.


NOVEMBER

November’s Money and Mentors issue featured nationally recognized financial consultant Jeff Small and his company, Arbor Financial. Junior Achievement of the Space Coast, Harris and Westside Elementary’s “JA In a Day” program and its impact were all covered. The publication also had a special section dedicated to Brevard’s financial professionals.

Industry, government and academia leaders came together to discuss Florida’s aerospace and defense industry, as well as opportunities for our current and future workforce talent through the Aerospace Industries Association Summit hosted by Harris Corporation. The Moonshot Innovation Series program held a Coast Cybersecurity Conference featuring cybersecurity, academics and corporate leaders.


DECEMBER

In this month’s issue, SpaceCoast Business announces its 2017 Business Leaders of the Year. These individuals include Steve Johnson (Business Leader of the Year); Winston Scott (Joseph Duda Leadership Award); Mark Senti (Technology); Natasha Cartagena Spencer (Donna Skattum Community Award); Tom Wienckoski (Simpkins Entrepreneurial Award); William Chivers (Construction & Development); and Wayne Ivey (Civic Engagement).

A delegation of more than 50 representatives from around the world will visit the Space Coast during the 8th America’s Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE) tour. Worldwide leaders in economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship also met with Brevard County companies and toured our region.

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