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  • October 06, 2015 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    October 2, 2015
    Today, on National Manufacturing Day, the Manufacturers Association of Florida announced they will circulate a pledge to Florida Legislators that is due by December 1, 2015 where members can declare their opposition to raising taxes on Florida manufacturing. In 2013, the Legislature temporarily agreed to eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment, from 2014 to 2017. If legislators fail to act to make this exemption permanent, the positive growth seen in manufacturing in the last 15 months could slow significantly. That positive growth is evidence that the “temporary” sales tax exemption is working. Manufacturing generates more economic activity per dollar invested in Florida than any other industry, with a multiplier of $1.43 for every $1 invested.

    Nancy Stephens, Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of Florida said, “Manufacturing jobs are the jobs we need in our state to diversify Florida’s economy. We need to increase exports and produce more goods and that’s exactly what Florida manufacturers do. The more taxes imposed on expensive manufacturing equipment, the harder it is to create jobs. We call on the Florida Legislature to take immediate action to permanently eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing equipment and machinery.”

    Florida ranks among the nation’s top 10 states for manufacturing and is home to more than 19,000 manufacturing companies. The state’s 330,000+ manufacturing employees produce a wide variety of goods including communications equipment, aerospace products, batteries, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, boats, food and beverage products and more.

    This tax will disproportionately target Florida manufacturers. Most states do not have a sales tax on manufacturing equipment and Florida manufacturers will be put at a competitive disadvantage if this tax is not eliminated permanently.”

    For more information on the Manufacturers Association of Florida, visit www.mafmfg.com 1625 Summit Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tallahassee, FL 32317 850.402.2954

  • October 02, 2015 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    See posts and photos from Manufacturing Day student tours here:

  • September 10, 2015 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) as a recipient of its American Apprenticeship grants program.

    FSCJ is leading the Florida Apprenticeship consortium, and will support involvement with St. Petersburg College and Broward College, which will work with businesses and other partners to close the workforce skills gap faced by the Information Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Construction/Trades industries across Florida by promoting the growth and expansion of quality and innovative apprenticeship programs over the next five years. A total of 1,000 participants in the state of Florida will be served through this grant program.

    “This grant positions FSCJ as a leader in providing proven training opportunities to employers and workers in Florida through the creation of apprenticeship programs,” said Florida State College at Jacksonville President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. “Aligning apprenticeships to education and job training will promote further learning and career advancement opportunities for our students.” “We are proud to be a partner with Florida State College at Jacksonville, supporting the growth of many in-demand industry sectors, such as information technology, manufacturing and healthcare,” said Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. “With this grant, we will be able to assist in closing the skills gap concerns many of these industries face, while delivering quality education and training so our students are prepared to enter these competitive, well-paying industries.”

    “We are honored to partner with Florida State College at Jacksonville and Broward College to expand apprenticeships that will prepare our students for sustainable employment in high demand fields,” said St. Petersburg College President Bill Law. “This collaborative, grassroots initiative also will benefit employers and the economy, by ensuring a deeper pool of highly skilled workers in growing industries.”

    Located in strategic areas throughout Florida, the strong and experienced consortium of three state colleges will develop this innovative and lasting public-private partnership involving employers, industry organizations, state and regional Registered Apprenticeship systems, state and regional workforce investment systems, school districts, community nonprofits and state agencies.

    Studies have already quantified the long-term financial benefits of this approach to U.S. workers—those who complete an apprenticeship earn an average starting wage of $50,000 and go on to earn an average of $300,000 more over a lifetime than comparable workers. Florida Apprenticeship is a promising model of rewarding and advancing high-performing, entry-level and incumbent employees, including students currently enrolled in related training programs, incumbent workers looking to advance their careers, veterans with related experience, pre-apprentices, unemployed workers and minorities.

    The project will also explore articulating apprenticeships as a bridge from associate to bachelor’s degrees. The Department of Labor selected 46 partnerships to receive grant funding, with awards ranging from $2 million to $5 million.

    About FSCJ
    Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 57,000 students per year.

  • September 10, 2015 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    Here is the September edition of the FLATE Focus, a publication of FLATE—Florida Advanced Technological Education Center—a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in manufacturing, supporting high-tech manufacturing/manufacturing-related careers and technical education in Florida.

    If you have any questions, comments, and/or suggestions, please email us at news@fl-ate.org, or sound off across our social networking platforms on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @Made_InFlorida using the official hastag of the month: #MFGday15

    In pdf form:  FLATE Focus-september2015.pdf

  • August 31, 2015 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    Friday, October 2 is Manufacturing Day, not only around Florida but around the Nation. Middle and High School students will tour manufacturing facilities during the month of October to learn what careers are possible in manufacturing and to see what is actually made locally.  If your plant or facility would like to participate, please email becky@bama-fl.org to find out more!

  • August 26, 2015 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    DOT, Education, and Labor Release Joint Transportation Jobs Report

    The U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor on Aug. 24 released a joint report entitled “Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways across the Transportation Industry.” The report details the future growth areas or employment “hot spots” in transportation by industry subsectors, occupations, career areas, and geographic areas. It also identifies good-paying, high-demand transportation jobs and analyzes the patterns in the education and work experience required for entry, including on-the-job training requirements for new entrants to gain full competency.

    “Careers in the transportation industry can lift Americans into the middle class or help them stay there, and this report concludes that there will be more job opportunities in the near future,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “We want to fill all these new positions, so industry and government must increase recruitment and help young people get the skills, training, and apprenticeships they need to gain entry into these careers.”

    The report indicates that employers will need to hire and train a total of 4.6 million new workers – 1.2 times the current transportation workforce – due to expected growth, retirements, and turnover in the transportation industry from 2012 to 2022. Projections suggest that 417,000 of these positions will be created as a direct result to increased demand on our transportation systems. The highest percentage of these jobs will be in transit and ground passenger transportation and these new openings will be concentrated in the West Coast, the Gulf Coast, the upper Mid-Atlantic, several Mountain States, and the Midwest.

    Much of the regional transportation job growth is driven by growth in the large metropolitan areas within those regions – the highest number of job openings in transportation will likely be generated in New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago. In addition, these jobs will pay relatively well. Thirteen out of the top 20 highest demand transportation jobs pay above the median wage, sometimes substantially.

    "Ensuring that America continues to lead the way in the global economy means not only investing in the physical infrastructure that allows us to move goods and keep up with global demand, but also the skills infrastructure to support this growing workforce,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Through smart investments in apprenticeships and other work-based training programs, transportation jobs are helping millions of Americans punch their tickets to the middle class."

    While demand for transportation workers will vary by region, subsector, and occupation, these workforce changes will result in increased job opportunities for skilled and semi-skilled workers across the transportation sector. For every future job opening in central services or construction in the transportation industry, there will be an estimated two jobs in maintenance and 21 in operations. The recruitment and training of new and current workers responsible for the operation, maintenance, and construction of America’s transportation infrastructure will be critical to maintaining a system that meets our economic and security needs in the 21st century global economy.

    But the report also highlights a significant skills gap in the demand for and supply of high skilled workers; it indicates that projected annual job openings are 68 percent larger than the number of students who are completing related educational programs annually across selected transportation occupational groups. One solution is an increase in Career and Technical Education programs of study. Such programs begin in high school and continue into postsecondary education or apprenticeship and provide the foundational and early occupational skills training needed in skilled occupations. Pre-apprenticeship programs for disadvantaged youth and adults can prepare low-skilled and underrepresented populations for entry into these skilled positions. Furthermore, Career Pathways systems that are aligned with Registered Apprenticeship programs can expand the number of people who can access these high-demand jobs.

    “In today’s society, it is important that all of our students are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills to compete in a global economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “There are incredible opportunities for Americans in the transportation industry and the Department is fully committed to working with leaders in the industry to promote partnerships between education and workforce institutions in order to support training programs that will help our country succeed.”

  • August 05, 2015 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    3D Pills?

    The FDA has previously approved medical devices - including prosthetics - that have been 3D printed. The new drug, dubbed Spritam, was developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals to control seizures brought on by epilepsy. The company said that it planned to develop other medications using its 3D platform.
    Read more:
    FDA Approves First Pill Made by 3D Printing - Web MD

    The Hype Behind Printable Pills - Manufacturing Net (video)

    FDA’s approval of first 3-D-printed pill opens up endless possibilities for personalized medicine - Washington Post

  • August 03, 2015 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Three key reasons to join the Tampa Bay Export Alliance's Oct. Trade Mission to Canada

    If you're considering new international markets for your business, our neighbor to the north warrants a closer look. That's why the Tampa Bay Export Alliance (TBEA) is hosting a trade mission to Toronto, Canada on October 19-22.

    Here are three compelling reasons Tampa Bay businesses should consider this opportunity:
    1. Canada has been ranked the best country in the G20 for business, and the most tax competitive country in the G7.
    2. The U.S.-Canada trade relationship is the largest in the world. Canada is also the #1 export destination for goods and services from Tampa Bay, and the top export sectors include aerospace, information technology, manufacturing, automotive, and film and digital media.
    3. TBEA is offering Canada mission participants access to a Gold Key Package designed to save busy executives time and money and maximize business opportunities over the course of a few jam-packed days.

    Gold Key appointments are filling fast, and detailed information about the mission can be found at www.tampabayexportalliance.com, or phone Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411.

  • July 16, 2015 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 16, 2015) – In support of the Hillsborough County Manufacturing Academy initiative, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved a partnership with Hillsborough Community College (HCC) July 15 to enhance workforce training for manufacturing careers. The County’s $322,000 investment will provide two years of programming enrichment and $80,000 in new and upgraded equipment for functional training.

    Under the agreement, HCC will provide training and resources to prepare high school students and graduates, post-secondary school students and graduates, and residents for careers in manufacturing. This includes programs that lead to industry certifications, career-focused summer camps, introducing veterans to manufacturing career opportunities, fast track manufacturing training, outreach activities, aligning curriculum with industry standards to facilitate accelerated degrees, and paid internship opportunities.

    Earlier this year, Hillsborough County approved a $325,000 agreement with the Hillsborough County School Board to enhance manufacturing skills training for students participating in specialized programs at Armwood, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Middleton, and Tampa Bay Tech high schools, and Brewster Technical College. The Economic Development Department is collaborating with partners to identify additional ways the County can help increase awareness of production-type jobs, improve the readiness of job candidates, and advance career placement opportunities, with an emphasis on the engagement of women, minorities, and veterans.

    About the Hillsborough County Manufacturing Academy Initiative
    The Hillsborough County Manufacturing Academy initiative is coordinated by the Hillsborough County Economic Development Department to strengthen the pipeline of local employable manufacturing talent. The initiative uses a hands-on approach to leverage the expertise, network, and resources of several workforce partner agencies, including Hillsborough County Schools, Hillsborough Community College, the University of South Florida, CareerSource Tampa Bay, private sector manufacturers, Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association, Bay Area Manufacturers Association, Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium, and the National Tool and Machining Association.

  • July 13, 2015 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    View this video about girls succeeding in Machining Technologies program at Atlantic Technical College. ATC supports the growing network of women in Manufacturing.


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Read the 2015 Florida Manufacturing Brief from Enterprise Florida

Labor Market Industry Profile

Florida manufacturers are critical to the state’s economy. In June 2013, Florida manufacturing
was 4.4 percent of the employment for all industries. Manufacturing is separated into durable
goods manufacturing and nondurable goods manufacturing. Durable goods manufacturing
accounted for 66.7 percent of June 2013 manufacturing employment and nondurable goods
manufacturing accounted for 33.3 percent.

There were 18,510 Florida manufacturers in June 2013, with employment of 323,341 jobs.
Employment was up 5,660 jobs (+1.8 percent) over the year.

Read the entire report here

Number of Establishments
Employment December 2013
Pinellas 1,297 30,317
Hillsborough 1,114 24,651
Pasco 317 3,185
Hernando 106 1,509
TOTALS 2,834 59,662

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International Trade

Click here for the Slide Show from the tour of the
Tampa Port on May 14, 2016.

If you need information on how to sell your goods to other countries,
here are some contacts that can help you.

Dan Bjerk is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center,
the local office for the U.S. Commercial Service of the International Trade Administration of the
U.S. Department of Commerce located in Clearwater, Florida.

Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center

U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration

13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760




Brent Barkway joined the staff of Pinellas County Economic Development in August 2014, as a Business Development Manager specializing in Export Development, Foreign Trade Zone management, business expansion and relocation projects. He focuses on helping local companies discover new global markets for their products and services. Brent honed his economic development skills in Lee County, where he managed the relocation of Hertz Corporate Headquarters, which resulted in the creation of hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact in Southwest Florida.

Pinellas County Economic Development

13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760



Lorrie Belovich is Director of International Business Development for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and partner in the Tampa Bay Export Alliance. She is responsible for both international trade and foreign direct investment. She works closely with the international stakeholders in Tampa Bay, such as the Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, Visit Tampa Bay and the Mayor’s office, to align the international business strategy for Hillsborough Country. Lorrie also manages the official outbound trade and business development missions led by Mayor Buckhorn and other elected officials.

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

101 East Kennedy Blvd. | Suite 1750, Tampa, FL 33602



Gonzalo Padron joined Port Tampa Bay as director of marketing and business development for Latin America in August 2014. Prior to joining the port’s executive team, Padron was manager of strategic customers at DHL Global Forwarding. Padron began his industry career extensively traveling the Caribbean and Latin America as a senior account executive for ocean carriers Tecmarine Lines and Seaboard Marine.

Port Tampa Bay

1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602


office: 813-905-5150

mobile: 813-361-2892

M. Javier Zuniga’s expertise includes corporate and partnership tax compliance, partnership structures, international taxation, individual taxation and forensic accounting. Javier is also part of PDR CPAs R&D tax credit and cost segregation studies practice areas.





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