April 7 , 2006
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Apr 12   Economic Outlook 2006— Cracking Metro Orlando's Da Vinci Code: Economic Renaissance Through Technology & Art
    3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    Orlando Museum of Art
    Cost: $40 EDC Investor; $45 Non-Investor
    Info/Register: click here
    Limited Seating. Register Early.
    Hosted by EDC, UCF and United Arts

The following EDC Investors were recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as among the "Best Places to Work" in Central Florida:

  • Dynetech Corp.
  • GrayRobinson P.A.
  • JHT, Inc.
  • Mercantile Commercial Capital, LLC
  • Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • WELBRO Companies
  • Wharton-Smith Inc.
  • Williams Company


3rd Annual Florida Tech
Transfer Conference
May 22-23, 2006
Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

The Florida Tech Transfer Conference is the premier event for the exhibition of the state’s top research university technologies available for commercialization and licensing. Join hundreds of industry executives, university tech transfer specialists, researchers, and related professionals to discover significant business opportunities in:

  • Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceutical
  • Engineering and Materials Sciences
  • Medical Devices and Other Biotechnologies
  • Information and Communication Technologies

The Florida Tech Transfer Conference is being held in conjunction with the 9th PHARLEX® Forum, North America's most efficient partnering forum for biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms.

Early registration discounts apply now. Register online at www.flatechtransfer.org.

Partnership Targets Dealmakers

Getting comprehensive and accurate product information to those that make the decisions and close the deals is the goal of all sales and marketing programs. That goal is no different for economic developers. In our profession, the dealmakers are very often commercial real estate brokers, property owners and developers.

To help reach this important target audience, the Metro Orlando EDC has initiated a partnership with Black’s Guide, the print and online publisher of directories which contain commercial real estate listings on more than 80,000 properties. The most recent addition to this long-standing partnership is an EDC banner ad on Black’s Guide Interactive that touts office space exceeding 64.5 million square feet, among other facts describing the region’s commercial property advantages. Black’s Guide data also powers a searchable listing of available property, which can be accessed via the EDC’s website.

Volunteers Make Mission Possible!
What are Walt Johnson, CEO of Johnson Bros.; Ann Chinoda, CEO of Florida’s Blood Centers; George Livingston, president of NAI Realvest Partners, Inc.; and dozens of other busy, smart and talented Central

Florida business people doing visiting office buildings and industrial parks all over the region? They are collecting feedback from local companies as part of the EDC’s Industry & Investor Outreach Program. The work of these dedicated volunteers is invaluable, as it will help us identify growth needs and key concerns of our business community.

Please join us in thanking the following individuals for their time and commitment. (If you’d like to join their ranks, let us know by contacting nancy.james@orlandoedc.com.)

Caron Abbott
Fortress Insurance Partners, LLC

Stacie Acosta

Ashley Allen
Orlando Sentinel Communications

Valarie Amica

Christi Ashby
Orlando Leisure

David Ault
Regions Bank

Dana Barrett-Smith
Regions Bank

Bud Brewer
MPB Communications, Inc.

Michele Byingtin
Fifth Third Bank

Larry Calise
Chastang, Ferrell, Sims & Eiserman, LLC

Anne Chinoda
Co-Chair, Investor Retention Sub-Committee
Florida's Blood Centers

Frank Coe
Fifth Third Bank

Richard Coleman
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc.

Annette Conard
UCF - Division of Continuing Education

Ceme Curley
Tasco Promotions

Joanna Del Moral
VOA Associates, Inc.

Terrence Delahunty
Foley & Lardner LLP

David DePiazza
Morgan Stanley

Bret Felberg
Grubb & Ellis|Commercial Florida

Jason Fleck
Fifth Third Bank

Chris Garbow
Spherion Professional Recruiting
and Technology Group

Buzz Garlock
Co-Chair, Existing Industry
Visitation Sub-Committee
Fifth Third Bank

Lena Graham
Metropolitan Orlando Urban League

Elisabeth Hall
Staybridge Suites

Nicole Hallman

Thomas Hankins
Orlando Regional Realtor Association

Matthew Hodge
Seminole Community College Foundation

Edd Holder
Edd Holder and Associates

C.T. Hsu
Co-Chair, At-Risk & New Investor
C.T. Hsu & Associates, P.A.

Jessica Ingrande
J. Rolfe Davis Insurance

Rosanna Jacobsen
Colonial BancGroup

Don Jernigan
Vice Chair, EDC
Chair, Investor Relations
Adventist Health System

Edward Johnson

Walter Johnson
Johnson Bros.

Tanya Juarez
TECO People Gas

Oluchi Kalu
Fifth Third Bank

Tyler Kurau
Fifth Third Bank

George Livingston
NAI Realvest Partners, Inc.

Lisa Lochridge
CBR Public Relations

Tatiana Londono
UCF - Division of Continuing Education

Heather Long
Fifth Third Bank

Kevin Longshore
Florida Business Interiors, Inc.

Lori Maltoni
Colonial BancGroup

Sheyla Mercado
Sprint-Florida, Incorporated

Joseph Michels
Johnson Bros.

Sonya Montgomery
Mercy Enterprises

Robert Newland
Newland Associates/Career Partners International

Nano Oliveti
Staybridge Suites

Billy Palmer
J. Rolfe Davis Insurance

Rey Perez

Brian Peters
The Florida Mall

Nick Poole
Grubb & Ellis|Commercial Florida

Nicholas Pope
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.

Adelina Ramos
UCF - Division of Continuing Education

Lisa Rodriguez
Florida Business Interiors, Inc.

Jim Rogers
Administaff, Inc.

Germaine Rusnic
Regions Bank

Jane Scrima
Stirling Sotheby's International Realty

Michael Snyder
Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority

Drew Sorrell
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.

Erica Sorrell
Rollins College - Crummer Graduate
School of Business

John Spooner
Spherion Professional Recruiting
and Technology Group

Amy Stachnik
Rippe Health Assessment

Pamela Stevens
Fifth Third Bank

Ron Stock
City of Leesburg

Kristin Taylor
Orlando Business Journal

Elise Thornley
International Corporate Park

John Turner
J. Rolfe Davis Insurance

Apr 11   Seminar: “Entrepreneurial Drive? Do You Have What It Takes?”
    6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center
1445 Dolgner Place, Sanford
    Info: Robert Goetz, goetzr@scc-fl.edu or 407.321.3495; Ginny Howerton, vhowerton@seminolecountyfl.gov or 407.665.1503
Apr 12   CEO to CEO Breakfast Forum
    7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    Citrus Club, Downtown Orlando
    Speaker: EDC Vice Chairman Don Jernigan
    Cost: $15 Citrus Club members/EDC Investors; $20 guests
    Info/RSVP: 407.843.1080
Apr 13 -
  Joust™ UCF's 3rd Annual Business Plan Tournament
    University of Central Florida – Student Union
    Deadline for applicants is Monday, March 27
    Info: www.tec.ucf.edu, tec@bus.ucf.edu or 407.823.3683
Apr 13   Osceola County/City of Kissimmee Enterprise Zone Information Session
    5:00 p.m.
    Florida Hospital Kissimmee
    Info: click here or cdaw@osceola.org
Apr 13   Seminar: “Entrepreneurial Drive? Do You Have What It Takes?”
    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry
    Free. Seating is open.
    Info: Robert Goetz, goetzr@scc-fl.edu or 407.321.3495; Ginny Howerton, vhowerton@seminolecountyfl.gov or 407.665.1503
Apr 13   WCF: Career Strategy Seminars
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Workforce Central Florida
    Info/Register: 407.531.1222 x1216
Apr 13   MACF's Progress Energy Plant Tour
    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Cost: free for MACF members
    Info/RSVP: MACFHQ@aol.com
Apr 13   OCPS: School Capacity Growth management Summit
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Orlando Marriott Downtown, Lake Highland Room
    Info: Dylan Thomas, 407.317.3368
Apr 19   Seminole County Foreign Trade Zone Educational Event
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. luncheon program
1:00 p.m. bus tour of sites
    Orlando Sanford International Airport
Gate Six, Terminal B
    Info: click here
    RSVP: jcockerham@osaa.net or 407.585.4002
Apr 19   Listening Leadership Development System
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Rollins College – Crummer Graduate School of Business
    Info/register: www.rollins.edu/ExecEd or 407.647.1252
Apr 20   NAIOP Central Florida Developers' Bus Tour
    7:30 a.m.
    Southridge I Building
2966 Commerce Park Drive, Orlando
    Cost: $85
    Info/register: www.naiopcfl.org
Apr 26   WCFU: "How to Handle the Problem Employee: Performance management, Discipline and Discharge"
    7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
    Workforce Central Florida
    Info: click here
    Register: 407.531.1222 x2045 or reservation@wcfla.com
    Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
Apr 27   WCF: Career Strategy Seminars
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    DeVry University
    Info/Register: 407.531.1222 x1216
May 5   UCF Executive Briefing: "The Future of IT - Delivering Business Value in a Global & Virtual Environment - The Strategic Impact to Florida"
    7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Westin Grand Bohemian
    Cost: $120 ($90 alumni, faculty and staff of UCF, USF & community colleges; FHTC, NCS, SIM & TBTF members)
    Info: Tatiana Londono or 407.882.0264
    Register: click here
May 5   TechFest 2006— It's Your High-Tech Community, Get Into IT
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Crooms Academy of Information Technology
2200 W. 13th Street, Sanford
    Speaker: Bill McDermott, Director of Economic Development for Seminole County
    Info: www.cait.scps.k12.fl.us/techfest, tech_fest@cait.scps.k12.fl.us or Jerra Williams at 407.474.7753
May 6-10   Travel Industry Association of America's (TIA) International PowWow
    Orange County Convention Center
    Volunteers needed!
    Volunteer Info: www.orlandoinfo.com/powwow, 407.541.4288
May 9-10   Fulfilling the Warfighter's Vision 2006: Closing the Information Gap
    Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Clu
501 Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL
    Info/Registration: click here
May 17   Seminole County Supervisor of Elections: Partner In Democracy
    Earn $500 for the non-profit of your choice.
    Deadline to sign-up, May 17th.
    Info: quinn@voteseminole.org or 407.708.7711

NAI Realvest Partners, Inc.: negotiated the sale of a residential site at Oviedo Marketplace for $3,100,000. ann@larryvershel.com

Clancy & Theys Construction Co.: nearing completion on Lennar Corporation’s Regional Offices in Maitland Center. khc@crismktg.com

Mercantile Commercial Capital, LLC: closed four commercial loans in February for more than $3.4 million. ann@larryvershel.com

WELBRO Companies: completed the Residence Inn Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach hotel. pwerner@welbro.com

Clancy & Theys Construction Co.: hired Robert Borrie as superintendent of the Florida Division. khc@crismktg.com

Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart, Inc.: Glatting Jackson Library at Georgia Institute of Technology was dedicated in honor of the firm’s founder, Jack Glatting. dgaines@glatting.com

GrayRobinson, P.A.: Frederick W. Leonhardt received the distinguished “Silver Beaver” award by the Boy Scouts of America. jfrazier@gray-robinson.com

Grubb & Ellis|Commercial Florida: reported strong growth in sales of investment grade and office properties. susan@larryvershel.com

Kissimmee Utility Authority: top linemen head to Sacramento to compete in the sixth annual Public Power Lineworkers’ Rodeo, hosted by the American Public Power Association. CGENT@kua.com

Knight Images: named Michael Candelaria as editorial director for all Knight publications and Jack Roth as editor-in-chief of First Monday. sarahs@knightimages.com

NAI Realvest Partners, Inc.: George Livingston, chairman of NAI Realvest in Maitland, named to the board of governors of the NAIOP Research Foundation. susan@larryvershel.com

Orlando Museum of Art: Council of 101 installed Bonnie Schwartz as president-elect for the 2006-2007 term. susan@larryvershel.com

Seminole County Public Schools: recognized Progress Energy and Smith Barney Citigroup for their outstanding partnership activities. Marlene_Baranowski@scps.k12.fl.us

Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty: named Susan Halverson sales executive at its Clermont Real Estate Gallery ann@larryvershel.com; appointed Rob Tucker as managing director of its East Orlando Real Estate gallery at Waterford Lakes. susan@larryvershel.com

Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc: awarded 2006 Tri-City Scholarship Program to Christa Gardner and Luke Napoli;
named among the “Top 5 Best Places to Work 2005” in the Orlando Business Journal. khc@crismktg.com