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					   Print Friendly         EDC Investor Directory                                                            December 7, 2007


   What's New
                                                      New Incubator Hatched in Orlando
   EDC Events
   Community Events                                                                          Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer,
                                                                                             UCF President John Hitt, and
   Company Establishment Announcements
                                                                                             Orlando Commissioner Betty
   Contract Announcements/Completions                                                        Wyman (pictured L to R) officially
   Kudos and Company Announcements                                                           opened the doors on the City of
                                                                                             Orlando’s       first      mixed-use
                                                                                             business development center
                                                                                             this week. Designed to promote
                                                                                             economic       development        by
Jan 18- Community Leadership Conference
                                                                                             providing a home and start-up
20      South Seas island Resort on Captiva                                                  support     for       entrepreneurial
        Island                                                                               companies, the new Orlando
        Info: click here                              Business Development Center is funded by the City and will be
        Register: click here                          operated by the University of Central Florida. The center is located near
                                                      the intersection of Colonial Drive and Maguire Blvd, in the Colonial
                                                      Landing shopping center.
Jan 24   EDC New Investor Reception
         8:30 - 9:45 a.m.                             Four local businesses have been selected as initial tenants: D3
         EDC Offices - Capital Plaza II               Interactive Marketing, OC Grant Consulting Associates LLC, Thorell
         Downtown Orlando                             Associates, and Social Security Advocates. Eventually the center will
         RSVP: Lisa McCormick                         support a total of 15 businesses with start-up space, management
                                                      coaching, business plan writing assistance, administrative services,
                                                      technical support, business networking, referrals, and advice on
                                                      intellectual property and sources of funding. Congratulations in
                                                      particular to Commissioner Wyman, who has been a tireless advocate
                                                      for the establishment of this valuable economic development resource
                                                      in her district.
     George Rodon, Chief of Staff for Orange
     County Mayor Rich Crotty, was named
     “Don Quijote Professional of the Year” by
                                                      Meeting of the Minds
     the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of
     Greater Orlando, Inc. This prestigious           Lake County business leaders
     award is presented annually to a business        gathered on Monday for a
     professional who has demonstrated                discussion        with     County
     extraordinary abilities in his or her field of   Commissioner Elaine Renick. The
     work, and who has exhibited the Spirit of        dialogue was high-level and wide-
     Don Quijote, a visionary and dreamer             ranging. Topics included Lake
     willing to take risks to achieve those           County’s Economic Development
     dreams. Congratulations, George!                 Visioning      process,     media
                                                      coverage of recent economic
     EDC Past Chairman of the Board and               development projects, land-use
     current Board member, David McKinney,            planning, Lake’s IDA process, the
     Chairman/CEO of J. Rolfe Davis                   importance of education to
     Insurance, has been named to The                 economic development, and
     Florida Council of 100 by Governor               effective partnership models. Commissioner Renick talked frankly about
     Charlie Crist.                                   her views, her commitment to economic development, and the
                                                      importance of balancing economic and environmental issues.
                                                The lunch meeting was jointly hosted by the EDC’s “Team Lake” and
    A group of students from UCF's Florida      the South Lake Chamber’s Economic Development Committee. Sincere
    Interactive Entertainment Academy           thanks to our sponsors: Paula Zahn of BankFIRST; Gary Clark of
    (FIEA) won MTV's "Change the Course of      Ameriprise Financial; and Ray San Fratello of the South Lake
    HIV" gaming challenge, a competition        Chamber.
    sponsored in conjunction with World AIDS
    Day. The college students were asked to
    propose a viral, web-based video game
    concept to help raise awareness about
    HIV/AIDS among 15-24 year olds. The
    winning FIEA student game is titled "The
    Face of AIDS."

                                                With the next Florida Legislative Session quickly approaching, the
                                                EDC Board of Directors approved this organization's 2008 Legislative
                                                Agenda at their November meeting. Chaired by Dean Kurtz, the
                                                EDC’s Legislative Affairs Committee developed the agenda in concert
                                                with local partners – Enterprise Florida, Florida Chamber of
• Orlando ranks fifth among the top 50 golf     Commerce, UCF and others. Our goal is to support legislation
cities in America, according to Golf Magazine   beneficial to economic development, including:
and the National Golf Foundation.
                                                      Measures designed to retain and grow Florida’s military
                                                      presence and ensure that our local military installations will be
                                                      in compliance with the Force Protection mandate by the 2009
                                                      deadline;
                                                      Funding for bio tech and other life science initiatives, including
                                                      funding for the UCF and FIU medical schools, life science
                                                      research, and the Lake County health science magnet school;
                                                      Creation of a Florida Research and Development Tax Credit
                                                      and continued investment in technology via increased research
                                                      and development funding to Florida’s research universities;
                                                      Creation of the Florida Research Commercialization Matching
                                                      Grant program at $5 million annually to accelerate the
                                                      commercialization of advanced technologies and create
                                                      successful start-up companies in Florida;
                                                      Renew and enhance the current Entertainment Incentive at $25
                                                      million and support educational programs, including continuing
                                                      education, for the digital media industry;
                                                      Full funding for Enterprise Florida, including key economic
                                                      development incentive programs that focus on attracting and
                                                      retaining businesses;
                                                      Increased funding to support the enrollment growth of Florida’s
                                                      community colleges, to ensure student access and to meet
                                                      workforce needs. Also, support the 2+2 Direct Connect
                                                      program between UCF and Brevard Community College, Lake-
                                                      Sumter Community College, Seminole Community College,
                                                      and Valencia Community College, including funding for joint
                                                      use facilities;
                                                      Allow a portion from the sales tax generated from a local
                                                      convention center to be used for furthering economic
                                                      development efforts in the region;
                                                      Funding for transportation infrastructure, maintenance, and
                                                      mass transit.

                                                To read the EDC's full 2008 Legislative Agenda, click here.




Dec 11   UCF ORBIT Webcast: "Emotional Intelligence,      Dec 13    UCFTI Lunch & Learn
         Career Success & Health - Part 1" presented by
                                                                    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
         Dr. Ken Nowack
                                                                    UCF Office of Research & Commercialization
           11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                                          12201 Research Parkway, Ste. 501, Orlando
           315 E. Robinson St., Ste. 100, Orlando                          Info/RSVP: Renee Ayala, 407.882.0202
           Cost: FREE
           Info/Register: Pam Turlington, 407.420.4848           Dec 19    Flip, Flop & Rock Your Socks MACF Jingle
                                                                           Mingle
 Dec 11    DMAF Motion Capture DiMeNar and 5th                             6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
           Anniversary Party                                               Monkey Bar
           6:00 - 10:00 p.m.                                               Wall Street Plaza, Downtown Orlando
           Full Sail Real World Education                                  Cost: $30 members; $45 non-members
           Cost: free DMAF members; $10 non-members                        Info: click here
           Info: info@dmaflorida.org                                       RSVP by Dec 14: macfhq@macf.biz or
                                                                           407.897.3384

 Dec 12    WIFT-FL Annual Jingle Mingle                          Feb 4-6 UCF's UCF Continuing Education's Fiber Optics
           7:00 - 10:00 p.m.                                             Training
           Enzian Theater                                                UCF Main Campu
           Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members                            Info: www.ce.ucf.edu/fiberoptics or
                                                                         407.882.0260
           Info/Tickets: click here


 Dec 13    NAIOP Holiday Luncheon
           11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
           Sheraton Orlando Downtown
           Cost: $45 members; $60 non-members; $20
           students
           Bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the
           Parramore Kidz Zone.
           Info: 407.810.7324




Cushman & Wakefield of Florida, Inc.: Florida Apartment Brokerage Services negotiated sale of Camden Isles for over $35
million. Robyn.Moran@cushwake.com

Ersi Braun, Inc.: closed on 2,500 square feet flex space in Orange County for JcValet. ersi@ersibraun.com

NAI Realvest: negotiated: sublease for 1,772 square feet of professional office space in Maitland; two lease agreements
totaling 11,055 square feet of Class A office space in Maitland; purchase of 0.72-acre commercial tract in Winter Springs for
$275,000; new lease for 4,000 square feet of industrial space in Orlando. ann@larryvershel.com




Edwards Construction Services, Inc.: the Residential Amenities division completed work on new upscale $11.7 million,
29,450-square-foot VillageWalk Town Center at Lake Nona in Orlando. khc@crismktg.com

Miller Legg: acquired Weidener Surveying and Mapping, P.A., based in Miami with a second office in Pensacola.
KBrennan@millerlegg.com

Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc.: underway on $3.2 million of work at Grandeville at Avalon Park Apartments, a new
multi-million dollar, 487-unit rental community in Orlando; completed $2.3 million of work at Brevard Public Schools’ new two-
story, 108,334-square-foot, Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary School in West Melbourne. khc@crismktg.com




C.T. Hsu & Associates, P.A.: Senior Project Manager William Walker, AIA, CSI, co-authored a newly published book by
McGraw Hill titled “Water-Resistant Design and Construction.” carolynreis@cfl.rr.com
Ersi Braun, Inc.: Ersilia Braun awarded the Certified International Property Specialist designation. ersi@ersibraun.com

Florida Hospital: Joe Donnelly of Hunter’s Creek in South Orlando won an Audi TT 2.0T Coupe at the Florida Hospital Golden
Gala XXVII. sorengo@cbrpr.com

Foley & Lardner LLP: Orlando associate Christi R. Adams one of the winners of the annual Lynford Lardner Community
Service Awards, which recognizes attorneys and staff who have been active in giving back to the community. Each award
carries a monetary stipend of $5,000 to be contributed to each recipient’s favorite nonprofit organization, along with a
permanent memento that symbolizes the honoree’s accomplishments; the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China
has approved the firm’s application and granted a license to open a representative office in Shanghai.
alexisdowney@costadevault.com

Kissimmee Utility Authority: Neil Beville named 2007 employee of the year. CGENT@kua.com

Junior Achievement of Central Florida Inc.: M.A. Garcia III, C.P. Steinmetz and Thomas L. Werner inducted into the
organization’s Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame; Al Weiss ;honored with the 2007 Spirit of Achievement Award for his
personal, business and civic accomplishments. monica@therelaygroup.com

J. Rolfe Davis Insurance: one of three winners in National Underwriter magazine’s sixth annual “Commercial Insurance
Agency of the Year” award program; Cory Broadaway appointed to the Downtown Orlando YMCA Board of Directors.
sali@masseycommunications.com

Kissimmee Utility Authority: Jim Welsh, president and general manager, marks 25 years as head of Florida’s sixth largest
municipal electric utility. CGENT@kua.com

NAI Realvest: Associate Don Rudolph, CCIM, elected president of the Central Florida Chapter of CCIM Florida; appointed
David W. Seier property manager. moises@larryvershel.com

Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard named Eastern Conference Player of the Month. GGalante@orlandomagic.com

Rollins College - Crummer Graduate School of Business: hosted sneak preview of the spring arts season at the Cornell
Fine Arts Museum.

RSM McGladrey | McGladrey & Pullen: hired Tammy Klein as Human Resources Director. Lewis.Greenberg@rsmi.com

Seminole Community College: preparing for opening of new $33 million Altamonte Springs Campus scheduled for Jan. 7.
DavisJ@scc-fl.edu

Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty: promoted Diane Travis to West Central Florida Regional Director overseeing
galleries in Clermont, Windermere and Dr. Phillips. rsoderstrom@stirlingSIR.com

Walt Disney World Resort: sponsored the Disney Florida Classic presented by State Farm, the largest-attended football
game between two historically Black Colleges in America. A check was presented during half time for $400,000 to the
universities, bringing Disney's cumulative scholarship support to $2.7 million. Direct.From.Disney@waltdisneyworld.com

WELBRO Companies: received Southeast Construction’s 2007 “Best of” Award in the hospitality category for the Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort & Convention Center project which was completed in 2006. chall@welbro.com

				
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