Are you proud to call Florida’s Space Coast home? Interested in joining forces to keep Brevard County growing and thriving? Be next to invest with us and join us in building a vibrant economic future for Florida’s Space Coast.
At the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, our mission is to secure the economic future of Brevard County through community support, advocacy, collaboration, communication and education. To ensure the Space Coast remains globally competitive, we must maintain a keen awareness of the latest industry trends, business intelligence, and competitive advantages. The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast guides its program of work within five primary strategic focus areas:
● Business Environment – To cultivate a business-friendly environment and advocate for pro-business policies and programs.
● Business Development – Create positive economic impact by attracting and retaining investment within targeted industries.
● Innovation – Build an eco-system supportive of innovation and entrepreneurship connecting academic, corporate and financial resources.
● Workforce – Support and promote a qualified workforce meeting current and future industry needs through targeted programs and initiatives.
● Community of Choice – Distinguish Florida’s Space Coast as the place to live and work partnering with organizations to define, develop and market community assets.
Explore the companies, councils and community leaders partnering to keep Florida’s Space Coast vibrant and thriving. Will you be next?
We’re proud to partner with the below companies to make Florida’s Space Coast a place where talent breeds, community abounds and business thrives.
Invest Now. Ready to become an investor? Just email our Investor Commitment Form to Shelia Poland SPoland@SpaceCoastEDC.org.
Learn More. Still need a little more info? We invite you to contact Shelia Poland SPoland@SpaceCoastEDC.org or 321.638.2000 to learn more about becoming an investor with the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.
The Economic Development Commission’s councils work closely with our staff, and through education, advocacy, communication, collaboration, and support, play a critical role in our mission to keep Brevard County vibrant and thriving.
Ad Valorem Tax Abatement CouncilChairperson: Neal Johnson | U.S. BankEDC Staff: Gregory J. Weiner | Senior Director, Business DevelopmentMission: Assists in the processing of AVT applications by reviewing submissions and recommending the level of qualifying tax abatement to the Brevard County Commission. *Guidelines and application available upon request. A maximum of 22 EDC Investors and municipal partners serve on this council.
Aerospace, Aviation and National Security CouncilChairperson: Joe Mayer | Lockheed Martin Space Systems CompanyEDC Staff: Gregory Weiner | Senior Director, Business DevelopmentMission: Facilitates communication among stakeholders to strategically develop actions and identify policies that enhance the health and growth of the aerospace, aviation and national defense industries in Brevard.
Community of ChoiceChairperson: Laura Young, Dean MeadEDC Staff: Brian Baluta | Director of Communications and Partner RelationsMission: Assists staff with community of choice efforts, including assessment of Brevard County’s strengths, challenges, and development of authentic place-branding and marketing campaign to retain and attract workforce talent.
Certified Production Technician CouncilChairperson: Matt Susin | J.W. Edens & Company, Inc./Brevard County School BoardEDC Staff: Elizabeth Huy | Senior Manager, Business DevelopmentMission: Assists staff in the promotion and implementation of the Certified Production Technician training programs through program over site presentations and sponsorship requests.
Governance / Finance CouncilChairperson: Colleen Brown, Keiser UniversityEDC Staff: Trudy McCarthy, EcDMP | Senior Director, Marketing & Strategic InitiativesMission: Provides guidance in the governance of the organization and the development of financial strategies and oversight. Ensures organizational transparency through policy development and compliance with established bylaws. The EDC Audit Review Committee serves as a sub-committee of this Council.
Government Relations CouncilChairperson: Bradley White | WhiteBird, PLLCEDC Staff: Lynda L. Weatherman | President & CEOMission: Supports staff with communications and outreach efforts targeted to elected officials at the local level to garner support of positive economic development policies.
Industry CouncilChairperson: Julie K. Song | FL Business & Manufacturing Solutions, Inc.EDC Staff: Elizabeth Huy | Senior Manager, Business DevelopmentMission: Serves as the advisory council to the Regional Manufacturing Association of Florida’s Space Coast (MASC) to ensure MASC has a succinct voice for Brevard County’s manufacturing base.
Innovation CouncilChairperson: Dr. Abram Walton | Florida Institute of TechnologyEDC Staff: Elizabeth Huy | Senior Manager, Business DevelopmentMission: Supports the development of an innovation ecosystem in Brevard County that will lead to enhanced competitiveness and increased entrepreneurial activity leading to economic growth.
Space Coast Defense AllianceChairperson: Daniel Ciuro | Edward JonesEDC Staff: Trudy McCarthy, EcDMP | Senior Director, Marketing & Strategic InitiativesMission: Enhances relations with local military installations and community leaders through targeted programs and communication. Identifies opportunities for community partnerships that strengthen the installations’ footprint.