Contact Pinellas County Economic Development today to speak with business expansion specialist at (727) 464-7332.
St. Petersburg College: $15 million Workforce Training Grant Will Focus on Manufacturing
St. Petersburg College and their partners will build a statewide training system for advanced manufacturing jobs in high demand, such as specialized welders, machinists and technicians. About 40 industry leaders, including Conmed Linvatec, Jabil, Coca Cola and Mosaic, already are part of the partnership and have identified areas of worker shortage. Over the four years of the grant, 2,600 newly skilled workers are expected to be trained, employed and advanced up the career ladder. Read more about this announcement and for more information, view a fact sheet about this plan to increase manufacturing competencies throughout Florida.
$50,000 Defense Reinvestment Grant (DRG) to
Strengthen and Diversify our Defense Community
The Tampa Bay Innovation Center and Pinellas County Economic Development were recently awarded a grant from Enterprise Florida to explore strategies to help our existing defense contractors and to assist veteran entrepreneurs. The funding will help to start and expand veteran-owned companies and will help retain and grow our existing defense-dependent businesses.
Many Pinellas manufacturers sell a significant portion of their goods to the military or for use in homeland security efforts. Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development, explains, “Pinellas County companies generate over $1.2 billion in annual sales of goods and services to the Department of Defense. We plan to use part of the DRG funds to help these companies expand through diversification into new product lines and by increasing their export sales.”
The funds will also be used to assist individual veterans hoping to start new businesses. According to Tonya Elmore, President of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, “After military service is completed, 45% of veterans start their own business. These programs will increase their success rate in Pinellas County.” To learn more about this DRG program for local veteran-owned businesses and startups please email Danielle Weitlauf at weitlaufd@TBInnovates.com.
Tampa Bay & Brookings Institution Focus on Increasing Regional Exports
Trade Mission to South India and Sri Lanka, Feb. 3-8
The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, along with the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka, are organizing this trade mission to introduce U.S. firms to South India’s and Sri Lanka’s rapidly expanding markets for infrastructure, hospitality, healthcare, and environmental and information technologies. Target sub-sectors holding high potential for U.S. exporters include: urban development projects, airport/port development, hospitals and health care, hospitality, cold storage, multi-family residential and townships, educational, telecom, and oil exploration related services and supplies. Application deadline: Nov. 30. Learn more at http://export.gov/india/tradeevents/eg_in_052159.asp.
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If you knew today was the day before a disaster…
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