Quick Hits On What’s Happening In Charlotte County
Happy Birthday to EDP!
Charlotte County Economic Development Partnership celebrated its 10th anniversary in January. From the best intentions and modest beginnings, the EDP has evolved into a vital organization dedicated to business leadership, networking and private sector funding designed to bolster a strong local economy. Today, more than 60 area companies and thousands of people support the EDP financially. On March 7th, we were pleased to welcome many of them to a birthday mixer in the outdoor courtyard at the Charlotte Community Foundation (a big thank you to Ashley Maher for arranging our use of the space!). The event was well-attended and included drinks and a pizza food truck. We look forward to ten more great years supporting our community.
Save the Date: EDP Speaker’s List
One of the regular features of EDP luncheon meetings that attendees really enjoy is our guest speakers. They share timely information on topics that can often make a bottom-line difference for area companies. Here is our list of speakers for Q2. The meeting for April will be held at Laishley Crab House. Please join us!
|Q2 MEETINGS||GUEST SPEAKERS||TOPICS|
|Thursday, April 4th||Superintendent Steve Dionisio||Charlotte County Public Schools|
|Thursday, May 2nd||Representative Michael Grant||Legislative Update|
|Thursday, June 6th||Commissioner Bill Truex||State of housing in Florida|
|Thursday, July 4th||NO MEETING|
Flybrary: Grab a Book for Your Next Flight
Everyone spends time waiting at an airport. Now you can enjoy your time with a free good book from the Charlotte County Library System and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). A new partnership called “FLYBRARY” lets passengers take, borrow, trade and even donate books. It’s located in the Bailey Terminal near Baggage Claim. FLYBRARY is designed to “promote literacy, reduce flight anxiety and help create a positive experience at PGD.” Be sure to check it out on your next flight – literally!
Nominations Open: Florida Companies to Watch
Know a Charlotte County company demonstrating high performance in its market or using innovative products and processes? Nominate them for a “Florida Companies to Watch” award. Several local companies have been honored in past ceremonies. The award recognizes Florida firms from a wide range of industries that are headquartered outside major metropolitan areas. Winning is a terrific opportunity for recognition, publicity, business networking and plenty of goodies at the event. Here’s a link to the nomination form and FAQ’s: https://www.growfl.com/flctw19/about-flctw
FPL Doubling Solar Field at Babcock Ranch
Babcock Ranch has drawn lots of national attention as America’s first solar town. According to Florida Power & Light, the innovative community is powered by the largest solar-plus-storage system in the United States. Roughly 350,000 photovoltaic cells stretch across 450 acres (approximately 200 football fields) at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center. Electricity is stored and delivered to the grid as needed. FPL invested over $100 million to install the initial solar panels, wiring and storage batteries – it’s exciting news to see them increase that investment in Charlotte County. Read more on FPL’s website: https://www.fpl.com/landing/babcock-ranch.html