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FL: EDC’S MASC Holds 5th Annual State of Manufacturing Event

28 Sep, 2020


The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast’s (EDC) Regional Manufacturing Association (MASC) celebrated its 5th annual State of Manufacturing event on Wednesday September 16, 2020. This year the event was held virtually in collaboration with FloridaMakes, the statewide, industry-led partnership that strengthens and measurably advances Florida’s manufacturing economy, and event sponsors Florida Institute of Technology, Bank of America, Jaycon Systems and Wild Manta.
 
As the EDC’s signature manufacturing event, the State of Manufacturing celebrates modern manufacturing with a focus on inspiring the next generation of manufacturers and connecting to the community at large. The event also kicks off Manufacturing Month on the Space Coast. Manufacturing Month is a national grassroots effort that shapes the public perception of modern manufacturing, its impact on the economy, and the diverse and rewarding career opportunities it offers.
 
“The Space Coast’s manufacturing sector is a big reason why Brevard County is the number one most industry-diversified economy in Florida and why we are weathering the COVID headwinds better than many other communities,” said EDC President and CEO Lynda L. Weatherman. “I want to thank Representative Plasencia and Senator Mayfield for understanding the significance of our manufacturing industry and championing the EDC’s Certified Production Technician program.”
 
During the event, Florida State Representative Rene Plasencia and Florida State Senator Debbie Mayfield were honored with the 2020 Manufacturing Champion Award for their support in manufacturing-driven initiatives in the Florida Legislature.
 
A consistent voice for manufacturing training initiatives in the Florida Senate, Senator Mayfield was recognized for helping to equip residents of Brevard with viable skills and career opportunities.
 
"Our community has been more resilient than many areas of Florida due in part to the work of Lynda Weatherman and the EDC to support manufacturing job growth,” said Senator Mayfield. “I'm proud to have worked alongside my colleagues in the state legislature to secure funding for manufacturing training to help connect our citizens to those job opportunities.”
 
As immediate past chair of the Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee in the Florida House of Representatives, Representative Plasencia was honored as a supporter of workforce development to meet the needs of employers across the state, especially manufacturers in Brevard.
 
"The best way for me to support manufacturing job growth locally is to work alongside partners like the EDC and to meet directly with manufacturers to make sure the decision we’re making in Tallahassee reflect a positive direction for manufacturing in the Space Coast and across Florida,” said Representative Plasencia.
 
To learn more about Manufacturing Month, visit https://MadeInFlorida.org/mfgday. 
 
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