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Pinellas Park Gateway Chamber of Commerce Hosts 2nd Annual Pinellas Manufacturing Summit: Strengthening the County’s Industrial Backbone

Pinellas Park, FL – The Pinellas Park Gateway Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the 2nd Annual Pinellas Manufacturing Summit, slated for Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the prestigious Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, located at 4951 78th Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781.

This year’s summit, themed “Strengthening Pinellas County’s Manufacturing Industry and Supply Chain,” is a testament to the region’s commitment to bolstering its industrial prowess. The event is free to attend and is made possible through the generous support of key sponsors, including Duke Energy, Pinellas County Economic Development, City of Pinellas Park, England Brothers Construction and Express Employment Professionals.

The summit promises a dynamic lineup of presentations and discussions:

Empowering Growth and Resilience: The keynote address will be delivered by Greg Britton, esteemed State Director of the Florida SBDC Network. Greg is renowned for his influential leadership in Florida’s business landscape, and his visionary guidance has driven the growth and success of small and medium-sized businesses. Attendees can expect valuable insights into strengthening Pinellas County’s manufacturing industry and supply chain.

An Industry Overview of Manufacturing Landscape in Pinellas County: Presented by David Chawk, Marketing Intelligence Specialist for Pinellas County Economic Development Department, this presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the local manufacturing landscape.

How to Thrive in Florida’s Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Sector: FloridaCommerce has launched a new portal to connect Florida’s small and medium sized businesses with employee/financial resources and contracting opportunities that directly support our vital military community. Presented by Cory Strickland with State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Unveiling the Power of Connex Florida for Manufacturers: This presentation by Wolfgang Neuwirth at FloridaMakes will showcase Connex Florida, an innovative online database and connection platform tailored for Florida manufacturers. Learn how Connex revolutionizes the way buyers and suppliers interact, bridging supply chain gaps and fostering a stronger, more resilient manufacturing community.

Business Panel Discussion from State, City, and County Agencies: Gain insights from key representatives in an informative panel discussion.

In response to the manufacturing community’s demands, the summit introduces the Manufacturing Roundtable Luncheon. This exclusive event brings together manufacturing leaders from Pinellas County, along with State, County, and City representatives, for an intimate and in-depth conversation on industry topics, trends, and issues. This is scheduled to take place from 12:30PM to 1:30PM and will include a catered meal.

The Pinellas Manufacturing Summit promises a day of education, networking, and collaboration for the benefit of Pinellas County’s manufacturing industry and its supply chain.

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