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In this issue:

  • Midway receives Competitive Florida Partnership Grant
  • The GCDC is having a HOT Summer of Economic & Workforce Development! Check out all the upcoming development events taking place from July to September.
  • GCDC Launches 2019-2023 Strategic Planning Process

Midway receives an important grant


Through a collaboration with the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, the City of Midway recently was awarded a $40,000 Competitive Florida Partnership Grant.

The awards establish a partnership with DEO and provide funding assistance to small rural areas to begin the strategic economic development planning process.

“Rural communities across the state should be able to attract businesses, support a highly-trained workforce and generate sustainable economic growth – while still highlighting what makes them unique,” said Governor DeSantis. “Competitive Florida allows these communities to create the blueprint to achieve their economic goals.”

The Competitive Florida Partnership Program awards $40,000 to communities to fund the creation of a strategic economic plan that promotes community design, economic diversity, economic viability, and disaster resiliency. The program also offers a committed partnership with DEO to provide long-term technical assistance. DEO will guide communities and connect them with available resources to support their economic development efforts.

“Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature continue to champion programs that help Florida’s rural communities thrive,” said Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Ken Lawson. “The Competitive Florida Partnership Program showcases the best of community and state partnerships. These grants allow Florida communities to take the first steps to making their economic development visions a reality to see their communities prosper for generations.”

Upcoming Economic Development Events


Be sure to check out the new Diesel Systems Technician training program that will begin in August at Four Star Freightliner in partnership with Gadsden Tech.
Learn more about the program in this PDF brochure.

Congratulate Antonio Jefferson for receiving the Florida Economic Development Council’s Dan Webster Young Innovator Scholarship towards his pursuit of the Certified Economic Developer credential – CEcD.
Check out Gadsden County’s features in two national publications this month:

  1. Business Facilities Magazine showcases the county as the perfect location for the TDL sector – Transportation | Distribution | Logistics
  2. Expansion Solutions Magazine highlights the latest investment in the future Intermodal Logistics Center planned for I-10 in Gretna, FL. It features the close to $300,000 investment in infrastructure to serve the industrial park bordered by I-10 and the Apalachicola Northern Railroad.


GCDC sponsored Gadsden County Hiring Fair – August 7

You are invited to join us for our upcoming Gadsden County Hiring Fair scheduled for Wednesday, August 7 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Florida Public Safety Institute (across from Gadsden County High School). 

The Hiring Fair will feature jobs in ALL Sectors! Businesses looking to connect with and hire Gadsden County Talent are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for registration, so sign up today! Space is limited! 

Over 25 employers attended last year and we would love for you to join us this year!

Only 10 spots remain. 
Don't Delay. Register Today! 

Hoover Treated Wood Products Grand Opening

Join the GCDC Board of Directors, Gadsden County and the Town of Havana to welcome Hoover Treated Wood Products to Northeast Gadsden County. Meet the new team and tour the manufacturing facility.

Thursday, August 8 at 10:15 AM
1153 Potter Woodberry Road
Havana, FL 32333
Manufacturing Sector Strategy Kickoff Luncheon – for Gadsden manufacturers – August 8 at 11:45 AM to 1 PM
Havana Country Club

CSCR also receives a valuable grant

CareerSource Capital Region (CSCR) was recently awarded a Manufacturing Sector Strategies grant in the amount of $368,000.

The goal of the initiative is to strengthen and advance our regional manufacturing sector and provide employers with a talent pipeline as well as a platform for collaboration within the sector. 

CSCR has hired a Manufacturing Sector Strategist to lead the region in building a manufacturing sector strategy and convene local manufacturing employers and education partners. Hadassah Israel, Sector Strategist has a demonstrated history of working in Workforce Development. Hadassah is a certified Workforce and Business Engagement professional. She is skilled in Program Development, Building Business and Community Relationships, Recruitment & Events, Case Management, and Career and Education Counseling.

CSCR is excited to convene Gadsden manufacturers at a luncheon on August 8 immediately following the Hoover grand opening. The GCDC and CSCR will unveil the goal of the grant and the many resources available to help Gadsden manufacturers.
Please RSVP by August 1 to Beth Cicchetti, CEcD at and Hadassah Israel at

GCDC Launches 2019-23 Strategic Planning focus
Opportunity for All: Strategies for Inclusive Economic Development

You are cordially invited to the launch of the GCDC’s new five-year strategic planning process. The theme is Opportunity for All: Strategies for Inclusive Economic Development.

The event will take place at Havana Springs Resort on Thursday, August 22 from 6 to 8 PM. Meet Ronnie and gain inspiration from his 40 years in Economic Development, Organizational Management, and Executive Coaching. Bryant recently retired as CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership where he spent 13 years leading a 16-county regional economic development marketing and business recruitment/expansion organization.

Bryant is a past Chairman of the Board for the International Economic Development Council. Ronnie will share insights from his career in economic development as it relates to the planned approach to our next five-year strategy.

On Friday, August 23, Ronnie will lead a training session to connect industry representatives with middle and high school teachers in Gadsden County. He will also share insights from his book, Driving From the Back Seat – Tips for Surviving as a Not for Profit CEO, in a session where not-for-profit leaders serving citizens, businesses and educators can gather to collaborate on a plan for Gadsden’s future.

It will be a great two days of networking and learning. Please indicate your interest in these sessions by emailing


Save the Date

The CareerSource Capital Region annual Talent Innovation Summit will take place Wednesday, September 25th. Register today!

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