Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments

Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities www.tcrleagueofcities.com

Mission Statement The purpose of the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities is to promote communication among the municipalities and the municipal leaders of the Treasure Coast region, to foster cooperative action in meeting common needs, provide assistance to individual municipalities, to represent the Treasure Coast area municipalities to the state league of cities, the state legislature, state agencies, the Office of the Governor and cabinet, and to promote good municipal government throughout the Treasure Coast.

Below find Florida's Research Coast's monthly updates to the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments. Updates listed are most current.

The purposes of the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments shall be to study such area governmental problems as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to matters affecting health, safety, welfare, education, economic conditions and area development: promote cooperative arrangements and coordinate action among its members; and make recommendations for review and action to the members and other public agencies that perform local functions and services within the area.

December 2009 Monthly Update to Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments
Indian River County www.indianriverchamber.com
Indian River County's Economic Development Office is working on two prospects for the county. These efforts are in the preliminary stage. The chamber recently revised and relaunched their new website. Go to www.indianriverchamber.com The Indian River County Commission is supporting a Local Jobs Grant and state of Florida Qualified Target Industry (QTI) grant for eMindful, an internet based technology company with HQ based in the county. They are anticipating creating 100 new jobs at an average salary of $70K per year. Final approval from the Office of Trade, Tourism and Economic Development (OTTED) and Enterprise Florida (EFI) is anticipated. Also, Dale Brill former OTTED Director recently became President, Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Martin County www.bdbmc.org
The Business Development Board of Martin County recently launched BDBMC On Target, a periodical promoting economic development activities for the county. In December they highlighted FPL Group which was named power company of the year at the Platts 2009 Energy Awards. They also highlighted John Justak of Advanced Techology Group. John was recently selected to represent small business at Governor Crist's Florida Small Business Summit.
Congratulations to Waterblasting Technologies, Inc. on the opening of their International Headquarters building located at 3170 SE Slater Street in Stuart. The company has grown to 72 employees in recent years and now exports to over 24 countries on 4 continents. James Crocker and the Waterblasting team manufacture pavement marking and runway rubber removal systems.
Armstrong Nautical Products recently won a DAME design award in the category of life saving and safety equipment for their RIB Ladder. The award was presented during METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) in Amsterdam this fall. Armstrong was one of eight winners out of 153 applicants. The company formulated an export plan as a result of Marine Industry training offered by the BDBMC.
Liberator Medical Supply is nearly ready to move in to Building 30 at Martin County Airport/Witham Field. The company announced plans in March 2009 to hire 200 new employees over a two year period. Since that announcement, 65 people have already been hired with 25 more expedited hires during the month of October. Liberator anticipates reaching 200 new hires well ahead of March 2011 and could exceed those projections if growth continues at its current pace.
The BDBMC worked closely with American Custom Yachts, a targeted marine business, to expedite permitting and facilitate their request with the Board of County Commissioners for a new building planned at their Jack James Drive location. Their request for expansion passed the BCC's vote, with Commissioners expressing appreciation for the company's commitment to Martin County.
The Martin County Board of Commissioners, in December, passed a resolution to encourage the Florida Legislature to "increase and accelerate efforts that result in the development of clean and renewable energy resources and their subsequent use." This resolution shows Commission support of this important targeted sector, which includes companies like FPL (hybrid solar project), Sol, SEPCO and more.
The Business Development Board of Martin Co. sends its members trade leads generated by Enterprise Florida. Trade leads include foreign companies who are interested in making direct purchases from Florida companies, acting as a manufacturer's representative or agent/distributor, and joint ventures.
The BDB of Martin Co. is partnering with the Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Florida MEP). The MEP is able to leverage a vast array of public and private resources and services that are available to every manufacturing enterprise in the state. The nationwide system of MEP centers is linked through the U.S. Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the common goal to strengthen the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.
St. Lucie County www.youredc.com
Project Ham - Wyndcrest Digital Domain
The EDC was instrumental in negotiating necessary agreements between the City of PSL and Wyndcrest Holdings for the digital animation studio. This project will provide 500 jobs by 2014 at an average wage of $64,233 and a $45 million capital investment. Their 150,000 SF facility will be built in Tradition in PSL.
Project Can Do - HealthChem Diagnostics
The medical diagnostics research and manufacturing firm has been awarded a Qualified Targeted Industry incentive by the state, along with ad valorem tax abatement and impact fee reimbursement by the county. This project will provide 160 jobs at an average wage of $60,000 and a $27 million capital investment. The 200,000 SF facility will be built at the Airport West Commerce Park in Ft. Pierce. A public announcement was made at the Dec. 1 EDC luncheon.
Twin Vee Boats
Twin Vee Boats are back in business and rehiring workers. To date approximately 20 employees have been hired and plans to hire an additional 100 employees is projected over the next four years. Twin Vee is located in Ft. Pierce.
St. Lucie Commissioners Recognize Solar Initiative
The St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners recently recognized four financial institutions (PNC, Sun Trust, Oculina, and IBM PGA banks) that have pledged $20 million toward the County's energy block grant application to the U.S. Department of Energy. St. Lucie County has applied for funding through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to establish a non-profit bank that would create a revolving low interest loan fund. These funds would provide individuals and businesses with affordable means of achieving energy efficiency upgrades and installing recommended roof-top solar technologies (i.e., solar hot water heaters and photovoltaic systems).

Project Vision
The optical research and manufacturing firm has been awarded a Qualified Targeted Industry incentive by the state, along with a Job Growth Investment Grant and ad valorem tax abatement by the county. This project will provide 200 jobs at an average wage of $55,666 and a $2 million capital investment. A public announcement will be made after a lease has been signed.
Silver-Line Plastics
The EDC is working with Silver-Line Plastics, out of North Carolina, to open a plastics manufacturing plant in SLC. The company has purchased a facility in Fort Pierce and is renovating the building. This project will provide 44 jobs with an average wage of $34,112 and a $5 million capital investment.
VGTI Florida
VGTI Florida, a bio-science project announced last January and temporarily residing in the Torrey Pines facility in Tradition, has won a 5-year $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for their HIV eradication research. With this award, VGTI Florida will try to discover how and why HIV is able to store itself in certain memory T-cells. VGTI Florida is building a 105,000 SF facility and will provide 200 jobs at an average wage of $42,278.
Treasure Coast Intermodal Campus
St. Lucie County came in second place to become an inland distribution center for the Port of Palm Beach. The St. Lucie County location (7,000 acres fronting Glades Cutoff Road and the rail line) received public support from Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce officials. The Florida Crystals location in Palm Beach County was awarded first place. The inland distribution center is expected to provide thousands of jobs.
Okeechobee County www.theokedc.com
The Economic Development Council of Okeechobee is holding "Growing the Economy in Okeechobee" lunch event on Wed., January 13 at noon at IRSC in Okeechobee. The event will provide an introduction to the EDC along with programs and activities they are conducting. The EDC has 5 active business development projects they are working on-companies seeking to locate or expand in the county. The EDC is actively working to promote international trade for businesses in the county. On November 12, the Okeechobee EDC hosted representatives from Enterprise Florida's International Trade Division and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Service to discuss export opportunities with local businesses. Three businesses attended to get hands on help with their international trade strategies. All three are expected in increase export sales as a result.
Workforce Solutions www.yourworkforcesolutions.com
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The Professional Placement Network (PPN) was designed with you in mind.
• This 12 hour workshop is self directed & conducted over 3 days (4 hours each day).
• The facilitator focuses on how to conduct an effective job search using the tools and guidelines necessary to be competitive in today's workforce.
• The Professional Placement Network workshop is all about helping you become employed in your next right job.
• We have access to local labor market information (LMI).
Workforce Solutions continues their testimonial-style campaign on WPBF Channel 25. The testimonials include companies and employees that have successfully used Workforce Solutions for their business or career. Six company and employee placements are currently running on the TV station during various time slots. If you know of a local company or employee in the region that fits the "testimonial" profile, let us know. We are interested in providing exposure to local companies & employees.
Workforce Solutions promotes a featured company and job seeker on their website. This month features Spectorsoft of Vero Beach and Peter Nuzio of Martin Co. The feature is open to companies & job seekers within the four county region.
Workforce Solutions is supporting the Census 2010 effort. A link on their website is available to all residents to learn more about Census 2010. Each Workforce Solutions Career Center is promoting the 2010 census to local residents and businesses.
Florida's Research Coast www.floridarc.com Florida's Research Coast was showcased in a recent editorial article by Treasure Coast News.
FRC's Economic Gardening project is progressing. Boot camps have been conducted in St. Lucie Co., Indian River Co. and Okeechobee Co. Upcoming Boot Camp to be conducted on Jan. 14 at IRSC in Martin Co. 2010 Boot Camp schedule available at www.floridarc.com Boot Camps rotate between all four counties.
GrowFL was recently launched by the state of Florida and funded by the state legislature. Cultivating growth companies across the state is the mission of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute. It consists of a host of partners committed to local delivery of statewide services to help second stage companies achieve their potential. For more visit www.growfl.com
One element is the Economic Gardening Loan Program. Loans are available to qualifying companies in the amount of $50,000 to $250,000. The Economic Gardening Business Loan Pilot Program was created in 2009 within the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development. The Economic Gardening Business Loan Pilot Program (EGBLP) is to support those small businesses that are in the best position to use the loan to continue making a successful long-term business commitment to Florida. Visit www.bbif.com
The Florida Growth Fund was recently launched in the amount of $250M. The fund is aimed to help cultivate growth companies throughout the state. The Florida Growth Fund manages $250 million of capital dedicated to prudent investment in technology and growth related businesses with significant presence in the state of Florida. The Florida Growth Fund will seek to enhance Florida's capacity for development, growth and innovation while simultaneously generating an attractive return for the Florida State Board of Administration. For more visit www.floridagrowthfund.com
Florida's Research Coast "2010 State of the Region" event is scheduled for Friday, January 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at FAU in PSL. The theme for this event is "Positioning our Region for the Upturn." Topics include:
• Economic health and competitive position of this region
• Factors affecting this regions economy (overview of key industries)
• Labor market, trends, tracking, training, HR law changes
• Life Science update for state and region
• Healthcare situation and impact on this region
• Register at www.floridarc.com

November 2009 Monthly Update to Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments
Indian River County www.indianriverchamber.com
Indian River County Economic Development Council will be representing Florida's Research Coast at the upcoming Area Economic Development Forum in Ft. Lauderdale. This will be a high quality site consultant engagement opportunities of the year.
The Indian River County Commission will be considering a Local Jobs Grant and state of Florida Qualified Target Industry (QTI) grant for eMindful, an internet based technology company with HQ based in the county. They are anticipating creating 100 new jobs at an average salary of $70K per year.
Martin County www.bdbmc.org
The Business Development Board of Martin County will be representing Florida's Research Coast at the upcoming Area Economic Development Forum in Ft. Lauderdale. This will be a high quality site consultant engagement opportunities of the year.
The Business Development Board of Martin Co. launches new website to assist local businesses. www.martincountyprospector.com will help property owners and brokers post their sale and lease listings to the site. MartinCountyProspector.com also offers information on the types of businesses in the county and where they are. A map pops up marked with their locations, providing a glimpse of where the business corridors are in a community.
St. Lucie County www.youredc.com
Project Ham
The EDC continued to negotiate necessary agreements between City of PSL and Wyndcrest Holdings for the digital animation studio. This project will provide 500 jobs at an average wage of $64,233 and a $45 million capital investment. The 150,000 SF facility will be built in Tradition.
Project Can Do
The medical diagnostics research and manufacturing firm has been awarded a Qualified Targeted Industry incentive by the state, along with ad valorem tax abatement and impact fee reimbursement by the county. This project will provide 160 jobs at an average wage of $60,000 and a $27 million capital investment. The 200,000 SF facility will be built at the Airport West Commerce Park. A public announcement is expected at the Dec. 1 EDC luncheon.
Project Vision
The optical research and manufacturing firm has been awarded a Qualified Targeted Industry incentive by the state, along with a Job Growth Investment Grant and ad valorem tax abatement by the county. This project will provide 200 jobs at an average wage of $55,666 and a $2 million capital investment. A public announcement will be made after a lease has been signed.
Silver-Line Plastics
The EDC is working with Silver-Line Plastics, out of North Carolina, to open a plastics manufacturing plant in SLC. The company has purchased a facility in Fort Pierce and is renovating the building. This project will provide 44 jobs with an average wage of $34,112 and a $5 million capital investment.
VGTI Florida
VGTI Florida, a bio-science project announced last January and temporarily residing in the Torrey Pines facility in Tradition, has won a 5-year $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for their HIV eradication research. With this award, VGTI Florida will try to discover how and why HIV is able to store itself in certain memory T-cells. VGTI Florida is building a 105,000 SF facility and will provide 200 jobs at an average wage of $42,278.
Treasure Coast Intermodal Campus
St. Lucie County is a finalist to become an inland distribution center for the Port of Palm Beach. The St. Lucie County location (7,000 acres fronting Glades Cutoff Road and the rail line) received public support from Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce officials. The Treasure Coast Intermodal Campus, including a freight yard, could provide over 20,000 jobs. Selection of a final site is anticipated in December.
Okeechobee County www.theokedc.com
Brian Cartland started as Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Okeechobee County on Sept. 1. During the first 90 days of the program, the Okeechobee EDC has focused on getting out to meet local businesses and identify their challenges and opportunities. We have 5 active business development projects we are working on-companies seeking to locate or expand in the county. We have the boot camp, of course, on December 3. We are also actively working to promote international trade. On Friday, November 12, the Okeechobee EDC hosted representatives from Enterprise Florida's International Trade Division and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Service to discuss export opportunities with local businesses. Three businesses attended to get hands on help with their international trade strategies. All three are expected in increase export sales as a result.
Workforce Solutions www.yourworkforcesolutions.com
Workforce Solutions launched their new website in late October. For more visit www.yourworkforcesolutions.com The site is very interactive and contains an abundance of helpful information for local businesses and job seekers.
Workforce Solutions launched a new testimonial-style campaign on WPBF Channel 25. The testimonials include companies and employees that have successfully used Workforce Solutions for their business or career. There are six placements currently running on the TV station during various time slots.
Workforce Solutions is supporting the Census 2010 effort. A link on their website is available to all residents to learn more about Census 2010. Each Workforce Solutions Career Center is promoting the 2010 census to local residents and businesses.
Workforce Solutions supported the "Best Places to Work" award events in the region. This included events in St Lucie, Indian River County and Martin County in September & November.
Workforce Solutions opened new offices in Martin Co. and Indian River Co. They now have 17 access points throughout the region. The Garden City location in St. Lucie Co. has also recently expanded.
Workforce Solutions recently launched a campaign to encourage people to seek work during the holidays at various businesses and organizations.
Florida's Research Coast www.floridarc.com
Florida's Research Coast was showcased in a recent editorial article by Treasure Coast News.
FRC's Economic Gardening project is progressing. Boot camps have been conducted in St. Lucie Co. and Indian River Co. Upcoming Boot Camp on Thursday in Okeechobee Co. Hometown News ran an article on the Boot Camps. Our new FRC website has been launched www.floridarc.com
The state recently launched an Economic Gardening Loan Program. Loans are available to qualifying companies in the amount of $50,000 to $250,000. The Economic Gardening Business Loan Pilot Program was created in 2009 out of Florida Statutes 288.1081 within the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development. The Economic Gardening Business Loan Pilot Program (EGBLP) is to support those small businesses that are in the best position to use the loan to continue making a successful long-term business commitment to Florida. Visit www.bbif.com
The Florida Growth Fund was recently launched in the amount of $250M. The fund is aimed to help cultivate growth companies throughout the state. The Florida Growth Fund manages $250 million of capital dedicated to prudent investment in technology and growth related businesses with significant presence in the state of Florida. The Florida Growth Fund will seek to enhance Florida's capacity for development, growth and innovation while simultaneously generating an attractive return for the Florida State Board of Administration. For more visit www.floridagrowthfund.com
Coordination of the "2010 State of the Region" event continues. The event is scheduled for Friday, January 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in PSL. The theme for this event is "Positioning our Region for the Upturn." Topics include:
• Economic health and competitive position of this region
• Factors affecting this regions economy (overview of key industries)
• Labor market, trends, tracking, training, HR law changes
• Life Science update for state and region
• Healthcare situation and impact on this region