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Enterprise Florida Has Opportunities for You
Thursday, 04 September 2014 19:40

Gold Key/Matchmaker Grants
Enterprise Florida has recently revised its information on Gold Key/Matchmaker Grants for small and medium sized companies.  This is a program that MAF and your Regional Manufacturer Associations have successfully lobbied for and we encourage our manufacturers to take advantage of. 

These grants allow manufactures to: have customized market and industry briefings with qualified trade specialists; obtain timely and relevant market research;  obtain appointments with prospective trade partners in key industry sectors; have post-meeting briefings with trade specialists and assistance in developing appropriate follow-up strategies; and get help with travel, accommodations, interpreter services and clerical support. 

These “grants” are available for Florida manufacturers in the following industries: Aviation and Aerospace, Cleantech, Defense/Homeland Security, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Marine Industry, Other Manufacturing, and Research and Development

The flyer on these “grants” includes details on how to apply. Take advantage of it or tell a friend!

An Array of Services to Help you Export
Enterprise Florida has an array of programs and services to help manufacturers enter or expand in the international marketplace.  These include export counseling, export educational events, overseas trade missions and shows, international trade news and events newsletter, Florida Export Directory, international trade leads, export marketing plans, target sector trade grants, Gold Key/Matchmaker grants, private sector liaison officer with the World Bank, and guidance for export financing.  This is your state tax money working for you!

 
Business And Trade Topics To Be Main Focus At The FCMA 2014 Summit
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:52

Business And Trade Topics To Be Main Focus At The First Coast Manufacturers Association 2014 Summit On Amelia Island

Because of the outstanding response to last year’s initial FCMA Summit’s forum on manufacturing and business topics, the First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) will be conducting its second annual conference, the 2014 Summit on October 3 at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island.

A few of the speakers committed for the Summit include, Florida State Senator Aaron Bean, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard, JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor, Dr. Hal Resnick, a Leadership Development Consultant, entrepreneur, university professor, and author, and many leaders and managers from area manufacturing companies.

Topics to be covered at the Summit include…

  • Supply Chain: Securing Your “Preferred Vendor” Status
  • Manufacturing Technology: 3D Printing to the Cloud
  • Utilizing the Best of Lean Strategies
  • ISO in an Hour – Who Needs It?
  • Strategies Engaging Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Sharing Best Management Practices
  • Maximizing Millennials
  • Northeast Florida International Trade Roundtable

“There are so many issues facing the manufacturing and logistics industries, and business in general,” explained Lake Ray, president of FCMA. “So this is a forum that is certainly timely and could prove to be extremely helpful for developing future strategies regarding manufacturing and related businesses in Northeast Florida.”

The Summit will be held Friday, October 3 at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. Attendance is open to anyone. The cost is $299. Reservation details are available at fcmaweb.com.

FCMA 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.

 
FCMA Endorses Renner For Florida House, District 15
Friday, 08 August 2014 16:34
The Board of Directors of the First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) has endorsed Paul Renner for Florida House of Representatives, District 15.

FCMA’s government relations committee conducted interviews and candidate research. The result showed that Renner represented the best choice for public service.

“Paul Renner is a strong supporter of business and manufacturing,” explained Ron Avery, Chairman of FCMA Government Relations Committee. “We believe that Paul will be effective in Tallahassee and that he will better represent the interests of the manufacturing and logistics industries by working for business friendly legislation.”

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.

 
FCMA Endorses Governor Rick Scott
Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:55

The Board of Directors of the First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) has endorsed Rick Scott for Governor of Florida.

At a news conference, FCMA President and Florida State Representative Lake Ray made the announcement on behalf of the association, stating that Governor Scott has proven over the last four years that he is dedicated to making a friendlier environment for companies to grow, creating new jobs and recruiting new businesses to the state.

Specifically, the manufacturers appreciate Governor Scott’s leadership in removing sales taxes on equipment and machinery for replacement, repair, upgrading or expanding Florida production. This measure helps to put Florida on an equal footing with other Southeastern states when it comes to competing for companies to expand or relocate to the state.

“The governor’s actions over the past four years have shown that he is truly concerned about Florida’s economy and the well being of all of our citizens,” Ray said. “He deserves another four years to keep the positive economic momentum continuing.”

After the news conference, the governor visited the FCMA offices and spoke to the organization’s members who were holding a 25th year anniversary open house.

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.

 
Aircraft Manufacturing Industry Taking Off in Florida
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 17:40

Florida's booming aircraft manufacturing industry is helping to diversify the state, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research institute. The report, Ready for Takeoff: Florida Can Lead The Nation In Aircraft Manufacturing, shows that Florida is the most attractive state for aircraft manufacturing, illustrated by the number of industry companies relocating to the state.

"Florida is a great place to do business, and the state's commitment to investing in aircraft manufacturing is ensuring that Florida's economy continues to benefit from this important industry sector," said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog.

Commercial aviation is expected to increase by 5 percent annually during the next 20 years, and further investment in Florida's existing aircraft manufacturing companies, as well as continued emphasis on relocating companies to the state, will ensure Florida's economy is poised to benefit from this future growth.

The high-skill, high-wage jobs provided by aircraft manufacturing industry companies often require specialized knowledge that can be found in Florida's existing workforce. The average salaries for aircraft manufacturing, aircraft engine parts, and other aircraft parts are $72,010, $81,091 and $57,120 respectively.

To ensure Florida can continue to reap the benefits of the aircraft manufacturing industry, the report notes that investment in education and student preparation in STEM are crucial to address a skilled labor shortage.

"Expanding the aircraft manufacturing industry helps the state retain STEM talent," said Jennifer Linares, TaxWatch Research Analyst. "However, the shortage of qualified technical employees could be an impediment to the industry's future growth in Florida."

The aircraft manufacturing industry's attraction to Florida is due in part to a favorable tax climate since the implementation of the manufacturing equipment sales tax exemption in April of this year, and incentives awarded through the state's principal economic development organization, Enterprise Florida. More than 30 incentives have been provided to Florida aircraft manufacturing companies.

Home to 249 aircraft or parts manufacturing companies, Florida has the most number of these industry companies, second only to California. However, the report points out that Florida is not the least expensive state for the aircraft manufacturing industry, which could cause Florida to lose some of the industry's market share.

"Florida's Legislature and Enterprise Florida have worked diligently to create a favorable climate for all businesses to be successful, including those in the aircraft manufacturing sector," said Robert E.Weissert, Esq., Chief Research Officer for Florida TaxWatch. "To ensure the future growth and success of this industry in Florida, policymakers should continue to provide a competitive environment for aircraft manufacturers."

Click here to read the report.

 
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