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In this issue:

  • Details on our next board meeting
  • New Cannabis Czar appointed
  • Cannabis Webinar from IEDC
  • Gretna receives funding for study
  • Gadsden County Day at the Capitol
  • and more!

Our Next Board Meeting

Our next GCDC board meeting will take place Tuesday, May 7th at the Creek Entertainment Gretna complex on 501 Racetrack Drive in Gretna.

The meeting is from 11:45 to 1:15 and lunch is provided.

Our guest speaker is :
  • Erin Gillespie
  • Founding Partner
  • Madison Street Strategies

Erin will speak on Opportunity Zones and Disaster Recovery.

Visit this site for more information on Madison Street and Erin.

Holly Bell appointed as Hemp and Cannabis Czar

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried campaigned on the promise of increasing public access to medical marijuana. She also wants to bring the newly legal hemp industry to Florida in a big way.

To that end, she appointed Holly Bell to serve as Florida’s first director of cannabis. Fried created the position after taking over the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Thanks to the efforts of Fried and Bell, Gadsden County has a big opportunity to get into a big industry.

The state is trying to move quickly to take advantage of a 2018 federal law that legalized industrial hemp as an agricultural product. The House and Senate are working on bills that would set up a regulatory framework for hemp, which backers say can be used in numerous types of products, ranging from building materials to clothing.

Following on from the success of Trulieve, GCDC is working to bring this vital industry to the county. The county has a former wholesale nursery site that is perfect for an industrial hemp complex.

Here are short and more in-depth PDFs about the site.

More information is available on this website.

See all the sites available in the county at our sites and building page.

Cannabis Webinar

Almost 40 states have legalized medicinal and recreational use of cannabis. In this webinar, IEDC will discuss the current regulatory environment in both the U.S. and Canada, and learn how cannabis businesses have generated revenues for their local economies.

Join them to hear from the experts on how economic development professionals can support entrepreneurs and small businesses in this emerging industry, and take advantage of the economic impacts of legalized cannabis.

Key takeaways:

- How to navigate the changing regulatory environment 
- Best practices for preparing your community for legalization 
- Tools for supporting startups and small businesses in the cannabis industry 
- How cannabis can drive economic growth


Date: April 18, 2019

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: April 18 at 11:00 am ET

Register today!

Gretna receives state funding for study

Gretna recently received funding from the Rural Infrastructure Fund, administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). The city will get $298,725 to conduct a feasibility study that will result in a Phase I Environmental Permit, Comp Plan update, and Site Master Plan for industrial uses that are predicted in the Gulf to Gadsden Freight Logistics Zone Study.
See coverage of the grant by selecting the image above and get more details on the zone by doing the same below.

Talent Incubation is a key theme of Gadsden County Day at the Capitol

Gadsden County Day at the state Capitol on March 20 was a huge success! Representative Ramon Alexander called for Talent incubation as a priority for the County. Exposing students to in demand jobs and Jobs of the Future is a good way to help our future workforce choose an appropriate Career Pathway and raise their families in Gadsden County.

GCPS recently exposed students to these opportunities through the Leon | Gadsden | Wakulla Works event at the Tallahassee Civic Center. Four Star Freightliner showcased the new Diesel Systems Tech program that will commence this fall. This program is the result of a Florida Job Growth Grant Fund award in the amount of $357,000.

Rural Innovation Initiative

Rural America has struggled to bounce back from the recession. Entrepreneurship has been on the decline for the last decade, and the trend is hitting rural communities particularly hard. The Rural Innovation Initiative will help communities change that story.

This new project will work to bridge the opportunity gap in rural America by helping communities build the capacity to create resilient, innovation-based jobs.

Learn more!

Manufacturing and Construction Sector Round

Please join CareerSource Capital Region for the Spring 2019 Manufacturing & Construction Industry Sector Round to exchange trends, best practices, challenges and solutions in the industry.

Register today!

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Gadsden County is home to global distributors and manufacturers that depend on the county’s positive business climate and vast transportation network to serve their customers. The region’s unsurpassed quality of life and mild climate allow residents and visitors to do something original most every day.

Our team is here to help you discover all of the benefits of the region and find a location that best fits your business.

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