Director’s Message: Celebrating Economic Development Week


Next week, May 9 through May 15, marks International Economic Development Week, which was created and initiated by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). At OEV, we are excited to celebrate this week by bringing awareness to the local advancement opportunities that aim to strengthen our local economy.

On Monday, May 10, I am happy to be joined by MWSBE Deputy Director Darryl Jones, Keith Bowers of the FAMU Small Business Development Center, and Shawnta Friday-Stroud of the FAMU School of Business and Industry as a part of IEDC’s Take Action Against Racism in Economic Development webinar series to discuss best practices on how Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Economic Development Organizations can collaborate. If you would like to join the conversation, visit the IEDC website to register. 

On Tuesday, May 11, our friends at Rowland Publishing will be hosting a virtual roundtable to discuss Entrepreneurship in Tallahassee in celebration of the release of 850 Business Magazine’s Tallahassee Innovation & Technology issue with a few community business leaders that were featured in the magazine. To RSVP, visit our Facebook page, and if you haven’t already, check out the Tallahassee Innovation & Technology publication featuring some of Tallahassee-Leon County’s pioneering business leaders and organizations.

And please do be sure to follow us on social media, where you can learn more about the OEV Team members who are dedicated to working with you and your business to grow a resilient, sustainable, and diverse local economy.

Remember to Love Your Local and Stay Healthy Tallahassee, 

Cristina Paredes, Director 

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