The company is investing in 14 Florida-based organizations to strengthen economic development and recruiting programs in the state.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – Duke Energy Florida is investing $ 200,000 in strategic economic development and recruiting programs across the state.
Grants from the Duke Energy Foundation will help communities across the state attract, start and grow businesses, as well as address emerging recruitment and workforce challenges.
âThese community partners are delivering meaningful results for our state, and we are proud to support their continued commitment to growing our economy and improving the quality of life for all residents,â said Melissa Seixas, President of the State of Duke Energy Florida.
One of this year’s recipients is Enterprise Florida. State Economic Development Agency Receives $ 25,000 Grant to Provide Opportunity to Host and Strengthen Relationships with Site Selection Consultants and Corporate Real Estate Executives Attending Team Events Florida. These events will help improve the perception of business in Florida and raise awareness of opportunities in the state.
âEnterprise Florida is grateful for the continued investment and partnership in Team Florida,â said Destin Wells, senior vice president of business development for Enterprise Florida Inc. âThis year is a renewal and resurgence for the cooperative. state marketing, and Duke Energy has always been there with not only the financial backing, but also the strategic thinking and leadership. “
Additional grants have been made to the following organizations that help create vibrant economies in the communities served by Duke Energy:
Chambers Economic Partnership Foundation – $ 5,000. The Chamber of Economic Partnership Foundation will create a website dedicated to the marketing of an industrial site.
Florida Business – $ 25,000. Enterprise Florida will host Team Florida events to strengthen relationships with site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives.
Tampa Bay area
Citrus County Economic Development Board – $ 15,000. The Citrus County Economic Development Council will create a multi-level marketing campaign that will increase global exposure and economic development avenues and win projects for the county.
Pinellas Town Park – $ 5,000. Pinellas City Park will update its economic development marketing materials, purchase and install new business loyalty software, and cover conference attendance costs.
Pasco Inc. Economic Development Council – $ 10,000. The Pasco Economic Development Council will create a workforce development video showcasing its workerCONNECT program and the Pasco County talent pool.
Hernando County Council of County Commissioners – $ 10,000. The Hernando County program will target and recruit manufacturing and aviation / aerospace companies in Hernando County through targeted meetings with projects considering relocation and / or expansion over the next 12-24 months.
Greater Orlando Area
Orlando Future Foundation – $ 50,000. The Foundation for Orlando’s Future program will launch the Property and Community Database to help local governments search for demographic information, small businesses looking for market research, and out-of-region users explore business opportunities. investment in the Central Florida market.
Highlands County Council of Commissioners – $ 10,000. As part of its multi-year marketing campaign, the Highlands County Economic Development Office will target additional events such as the Commercial Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Show.
Lake County Board of Commissioners – $ 10,000. Lake County will create a promotional video to showcase its premier location in Central Florida for business attraction and expansion. The Elevate Lake and Lake County Economic Development Office will work with Visit Lake, the Lake County Tourism Authority, to produce the video.
Seminole County – $ 10,000. Seminole County will develop an integrated social media campaign and marketing materials to mitigate negative impacts on local businesses and bring much needed development and expansion resources to its community.
Greater Tallahassee; Gainesville area
Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc. – $ 10,000. The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation program will facilitate a marketing campaign that targets and solicits the attraction of businesses and talent to the Greater Gainesville area.
North Florida Economic Development Partnership Foundation Inc. – $ 20,000. The North Florida Economic Development Partnership Foundation will continue to study strategic sites for economic development and identify a list of industries to target for recruitment.
Great Northwest Foundation of Florida – $ 10,000. The Great Northwest Foundation of Florida will be expanding its âGo Beyond Our Beachesâ campaign by creating additional marketing materials and connecting messages through events and venues where site selection consultants and business leaders are located.
Sumter County – $ 10,000. Sumter County will update its Economic Development website with new photos and major revisions, including new content and an updated website design.
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of the communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation gives over $ 30 million annually in charitable donations and is funded by money from Duke Energy shareholders. You can find more information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program at duke-energy.com/fondation.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively have 51,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people.
Duke Energy is implementing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with targets of at least 50% carbon reduction by 2030 and zero carbon emissions d ‘by 2050. The company is one of the leading renewables in the United States. supplier, on track to own or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company is also investing in major power grid upgrades and expanding battery storage, and is exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
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