BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Space Coast Economic Development Commission News and Upcoming Events

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Did you catch RV There Yet? TV‘s Space Coast episode on The Discovery Channel in February? If so – you saw the EDC’s Launches & Lagers Passport at Intracoastal Brewing Company!

RV There Yet? visited the Space Coast, highlighting various attractions up and down Brevard County. While visiting Intracoastal Brewing Company, the hosts received their first mission stamp in the Beer Trail Passport.

Watch the full episode here – check out around minute 22 to see the our Launches & Lagers passport!


In 2022, 53 percent of BPS students enrolled in college immediately following high school. That means there is ample opportunity for the other 47 percent to look to jobs in the skilled trades.

One of the programs that’s getting more interest is the Aviation Fabrication and Assembly program at Eau Gallie High School. Its instructor, Bill McInnish, was awarded the Thomas E. Gamble Excellence in Education for Economic Development Award from the Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida’s Space Coast.

He said one of the reasons why the program has been able to become as successful as it has been is thanks to the generosity of industries in the community. The EDC gave them a $40,000 grant spread over three years as the program was ramping up and Embraer Foundation also provided a $10,000 grant for materials.

Read more, here.

Brevard Zoo 3rd Best in Nation

USA TODAY invited a panel of travel experts and industry professionals to nominate facilities that excel in the fields of animal care and enrichment while also facilitating meaningful interactions between animals and human visitors. Then, readers voted for their favorites.

Here are the 10 best zoos in the United States for 2023.

Space Coast Remains in Top Ten of U-Haul Index

For the second year, the Space Coast MSA has been in top 10 growth cities on the annual U-Haul Growth Index. Do-it-yourself movers arriving in the Sunshine State accounted for 50.7% of all one-way U-Haul truck traffic and the Space Coast MSA ranked 4th in the nation for net gain of one-way U-Haul® trucks during the past year.

The Space Coast market cracked the index in 2020 as the No. 23 growth city and has rocketed up since.

See the full report, here.

Southern Metros Dominate the List of Biggest Boomtowns

Lending Tree ranked and scored the 100 largest metros across eight unique metrics grouped into three categories: people and housing, work and earnings, and business and economy. Southern metros dominated the list of the biggest boomtowns. The Space Coast MSA ranked 5th in Metros with the most growth in people in the workforce, 10th in work and earnings and 16th overall.

See the full article from Lending Tree, here.

Space Coast 21 on Best Cities List

The Space Coast is number 21 on Scholaroo’s Best Cities to Live, 2023 – ranking 3rd best quality of life. This new report has compared 151 cities across 47 metrics distributed in 8 key relevant categories: Crime & Safety, Affordability, Economy, Quality of life, Healthcare, Education, Opportunity, and Infrastructure.

See the full article, here.

“The current economic growth on the Space Coast is just scratching the surface.” #SpaceCoast

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SAVE THE DATE: EDC Presents: An Evening With the Federal Reserve

April 20, 2023

EFSC Melbourne Campus

Featuring an overview of the regional and national economy from Raphael Bostic, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Alluvionic PMP Exam Prep Course

March 28, 2023

Strategy First, 2040 Highway A1A Suite 211 Indian Harbour Beach

Alluvionic is hosting a five-day training course for students seeking to earn their Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. It takes place over 5 days total: 3/28, 3/30, 4/1, 4/4, and 4/6 from 9am-4:30pm. Virtual options will be available. For more information or to register contact Stephanie Goins at 321-241-4510 or go to


For the second straight year, Rockledge, Florida-based Health First has been named among “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2023 by Forbes. In a survey of 45,000 U.S. employees, Health First landed in the top 200 nationally on the list highlighting organizations with more than 5,000 employees.Jumping nearly 250 spots – from 407 in 2022 to 159 this year – Health First was one of only three hospitals or healthcare systems in Florida named to the list and one of only 35 hospital or healthcare systems nationally named to the list. Additionally, Health First is one of only 18 Florida-based companies named to the list.

WELBRO Building Corp. was featured on the cover of Brevard Business News’ February 27th edition for its focus on school facilities construction. The company has completed more than 130 school facility projects in the K–12 segment in Central Florida over the last two decades

The education services company The Princeton Review named the online MBA program at Florida Tech’s Bisk College of Business as one of the 50 best in the nation for 2023. Florida Tech was one of just two private universities in Florida on The Princeton Review’s 2023 Top 50 Online MBA Programs, along with Florida Southern. The ranking is based on a combination of institutional and student survey data, including career outcomes, technological infrastructure, academic rigor, cost and affordability.

BBN page 13: Viera has become a community of choice not only for many people in Brevard County and around Florida, but also increasingly across America as residents from multiple states are buying homes there and settling into life on the Space Coast. California, Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and New York are some of the states from where people have relocated to Viera. “They are coming from everywhere. We are even seeing a lot of movement from within Florida, especially South Florida and Central Florida,” said Todd Pokrywa, president of The Viera Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons Inc

Port Canaveral for the first time became the world’s busiest cruise port in 2022 with 4,072,396 multi-day passengers, just topping PortMiami’s 4,022,544. ‘We’ve always aimed to be the best cruise port in the world, but what an achievement to now be known as the busiest,’ Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray said. ‘This historic milestone is testament to the efforts of our team and cruise partners to provide a best in class experience for all cruise guests sailing from Port Canaveral.’

The Brevard Zoo aquarium and conservation project was highlighted on the cover of Brevard Business News’ March 6 edition. The article covers recent donations leading to a potential October 2024 groundbreaking and Duane De Freese honor.

Congratulations to Dana Kilborne, for being named a 2023 Laureate Inductee to the JA Space Coast Business Hall of Fame. 2023 Laureates will be honored April 1, 2023 at the Clemente Center at Florida Tech.

Congratulations to Teri Jones, the recipient of WeVENTURE’s 2023 Women Who Rock Excellence in Caregiving Award. Jones founded METCA-ECC, a local healthcare program which actively promotes and facilitates workforce development for the underserved and disadvantaged population for healthcare careers. The EDC is proud to have nominated Teri for this distinguished award and congratulates her and all the winners and nominees.

Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello will retire June 30, Space Florida announced Wednesday. DiBello has led Space Florida, the state’s aerospace development authority, for 14 years. Read more via Orlando Business Journal here.

“Frank utilized his background and expertise to create the paradigm shift that transformed Florida’s space industry from that of mainly launch to a diverse industrial mecca of the 21st century,” said Lynda L. Weatherman. “I’m thankful to have worked alongside him in many aspects of his accomplished career, creating this new second golden age of space we are all witnessing and enjoying today.”

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