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MakeMore on the Road: Producing More Manufacturing Talent

  • May 03, 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Pinellas Technical College, 6100 154th Avenue N Clearwater, FL 33760


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MakeMore on the Road

Producing More Manufacturing Talent

Contribute to the development of a road map that will help produce more talent and address the workforce development issues of our region.

When:  Wednesday, May 3 2023, 4:00 PM

Where:  Pinellas Technical College, 6100 154th Avenue N. Clearwater, Florida 33760

Admission Cost:  Free

Refreshments Served

Vendor Registration Closed

Enter the school from 62nd Street

Go to the main entrance and to the right behind culinary and walk to the front. 

The event is in the culinary building. 

Economic Update with Keynote Speaker, Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D.:

Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D. is the Chief Economist and Director of State and Local Policy Analysis at the Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University.  Dr. Parrish is also a Faculty Adjunct in the Master of Applied Economics Program at Florida State University and serves as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Haas Center at the University of West Florida.  He also serves as the economist for Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and is an economic consultant for The Able Trust. 

Review the 2022 MakeMore Report with Zoraida Velasco

Zoraida serves as the Executive Vice President at FloridaMakes; a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized firms. In her role, Zoraida works with the executive team and the Board in defining and executing the corporate strategy as it relates to advancing the FloridaMakes’ mission through traditional marketing and communications channels and by building partnerships throughout Florida’s manufacturing ecosystem.

Manufacturers Panel

Pete Cirak - Seal Dynamics (Facilitator)

  • Eric Biller – Intellitech
  • Mike Zerbe – Belac
  • Andrew Kossowski – Veterans Metal

Educator's Panel

Pete Cirak - Seal Dynamics (Facilitator)

  • Jake Prokop – Pinellas Technical College
  • Sid Martin – St. Pete College
  • Shirley Dobbins – Hillsborough Community College
  • Tom Mudano – AMSkills


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  • ConnectON
  • Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern States Toyotalift
  • Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund

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