Manufacturing News

  • December 18, 2012 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    Dear MAF Manufacturer of the Year Finalists and Winners:

    Congratulations on your success in 2012!  Thank you for participation in the MAF Awards process and to all of you who attended the MAF Summit last week, thank you for being there.  As a reminder I wanted you to know that we offer a service to our award finalists. To help you with continuous improvement, our lead judge, Phil Centonze, POS-Impact, LLC, will visit your facility again free of charge, sometime in the next 9 months at your convenience, to talk about ways your company could improve on our areas of emphasis: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; and process managmeent.   If that is something of interest to you, please email him with your request at  phil.centonze@pos-impact.com.

    We have a finalist wall plaque for each of you.  We sincerely regret that the shipping delay prevented us from presenting the plaque to you at the Awards Dinner but they will ship out to you this week. Be on the lookout for them.

    Looking ahead to next year for our finalists, think about entering the competition again! For our award winners, you will be asked to make a presentation on your best practices at next year’s Summit and announce the 2013 winners!  We will be in touch as soon as we have the Summit date for 2013 so you can mark your calendars.

    Lastly, the names of our winners will be displayed on the MAF website, www.mafmfg.com, for the next 12 months. We we also will be sending this press release to the Governor’s Office, Florida Trend, the Capital Press Corps, your regional manufacturers association, and  Enterprise Florida, to let them know of your success this year. Feel free to send the press release to your local media.

    My best wishes for a prosperous 2013!


    Press Release on Finalists and Winners for 2012.pdf

  • December 16, 2012 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    Book Your Hotel Room for Manufacturing Days

    Manufacturing Days at the Capital is scheduled for February 4-5, 2013 in Tallahassee, beginning the afternoon of February 4.  It will be preceded by an MAF Board of Directors meeting on the morning of February 4.

     

    This is an annual event to educate legislators about Florida manufacturing and share our legislative agenda with them. The event begins at the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee, FL on February 4 after lunch with briefing sessions on all the hot topics of interest to manufacturers, followed by a legislative reception to which all the legislators will be invited.  On February 5 the group will break up into teams, each with a team leader, and will visit legislators with pre-arranged appointments until mid-afternoon.

     

    We have reserved a small group of hotel rooms at the Aloft Hotel for $139/night in downtown Tallahassee (four blocks from the capitol) and at the Governor’s Inn for $159/night (across from the meeting location and the Capitol).  First come first served.  Reservations at the Governor’s Inn must be made by December 21 by calling 850.681.6855. Reservations at the aloft Hotel must be made by January 14, 2013 by calling 850.513.0313. The room block is under MAF or Manufacturers Association of Florida. You might want to do this before you leave on holiday this month!  At the same time don’t forget to register for the meeting at www.mafmfg.com. Event registration fee is $150/members and $200/non-members. 

     

    We are still accepting sponsors for the event.  Join PCS Phosphate and CF Industries as our event sponsors for 2013. Please contact nancy@mafmfg.com with questions.

     

    Follow Up from Manufacturers Summit

    All of the presentations from the Manufacturers Summit have been posted to our website under Events in case you missed something.  The Governor will be sending a letter of congratulations to all of the 2013 Manufacturers of the Year. Thank you again for everyone who helped make it such a great event.  In 2013 we will be moving the location to provide opportunities for additional manufacturers to easily attend. 

     

    MAF Center Charts a Path for Your Workforce

    For the past three years MAF has been preparing to help you develop the workforce you need.  Now we are prepared and are in “action” mode.  At this year’s Summit the early session was entitled Your Workforce: How to Make It the Greatest – Use Florida Resources. It focused on developing a skilled and certified manufacturing workforce and was designed to help manufacturers obtain, train and retain the best workforce for maximum productivity by using resources available throughout the State of Florida.

     

    The two-hour Session was divided into three segments - recruitment, talent development and education - with Q&A after each segment. Topics included: www.EmployFlorida.com, Made-in-Florida, Dream It Do It – Adopt-a-School, apprenticeships, training grants, and public and private education opportunities. Each speaker talked about the opportunities available to manufacturers to get involved in creating their own customized workforce. Manufacturers spoke out on how they have benefited by using these resources.

     

    After all three segments, the Workforce Session ended with a call to action for the manufacturing community – how they can/must get involved in creating their future workforce. Manufacturers can serve on curriculum councils, recognize manufacturing certifications and hire accordingly, adopt-a-school, hire interns and more. MAF and the MAF Center will be there to help along the way.

     

    Engaging our Manufacturers in Workforce Development

    It wasn’t so long ago that employers sat on the sidelines while educators taught students what they thought employers wanted.  That is changing. Now employers are engaging with educators to prepare students for their jobs.  The MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence (MAF Center) is in the thick of it.  With the roll out of Dream It Do It in 2012, we now have 34 manufacturers signed up to adopt a high school under the Dream It Do It program in Florida.  In 2013 we want to grow that to 100 adopters.  That is where you come in.  June Wolfe, Project Manager, is willing to work with you individually or through your regional manufacturing association to help you adopt a school.  We have produced a handy Quick Start guide to help you understand how to engage with the schools.  Each of the regional manufacturing associations associated with MAF have been asked to engage in the program.  Once you decide you would like to adopt a school, let your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe know, june.wolfe@comcast.net.  There is a simple commitment form to sign and you are off and running.  Help us reach our goal for 2013 and help yourself at the same time!

     

    But that isn’t all we will be doing in 2013.  We are also engaged with twelve community colleges in a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Grant to provide manufacturing education and industry certification training to those interested in a manufacturing career through twelve Florida colleges. The MAF and MAF Center’s role is to serve as a liaison between educators and manufacturers, help review courses and curriculum to make sure the colleges are teaching the right things, connect manufacturers to colleges, identify 1,000 manufacturing internships over the next four years with manufacturers in Florida and place students in 500 permanent manufacturing jobs. We will need your help on this too!

     

    The MAF Center will be working with the regional manufacturing associations and others to meet the goals and provide trained, educated and certified students for you.  If you would like to serve on our curriculum review committee, drop an email to nancy@nstephens.com.  If you would like to adopt a college or offer an internship in 2013, please contact us.  Look for us to be in touch with all of you on your level of engagement in this commitment.

     

    Report on Water Minimum Flows and Levels

    Section 373.042, Florida Statutes, requires all of the water management districts to adopt rules setting forth minimum flows and levels (MFLs) below which significant harm may occur from water withdrawals.  Pursuant to this directive, the SWFWMD staff had been working for over a year on rules setting minimum flows for the Chassahowitzka River and the Homosassa River located in Hernando and Citrus Counties.  After much work, the SWFWMD staff recommended a minimum flow for the Chassahowitzka River of 91% of the river’s natural flow, meaning that consumptive uses could reduce the flow by 9% before the regulation would prohibit any further reduction.  The SWFWMD staff recommended a minimum flow for the Homossassa River of 97% of the natural flow, which would allow for a 3% reduction from consumptive uses.

     

    These rule recommendations were presented to the SWFWMD’s Governing Board at the Board’s October 30, 2012, meeting.  A large crowd of citizens attended the meeting and objected to the staff’s recommendation and instead asked the Governing Board to set the minimum flow of both rivers at 99% of natural flow, allowing only a 1% reduction due to consumptive uses.  The staff explained the legal and technical problems with the public’s request.

     

    After hearing a lengthy debate, the SWFWMD Governing Board voted to set the rule so that the minimum flow for the Chassahowitzka River was 97% of natural flow (rejecting the staff recommendation of 91% of natural flow) and the minimum flow for the Homosassa River was also 97% of natural flow.  While no one currently withdraws water from these rivers, several farms in this area withdraw groundwater which can affect the springflow that feeds these rivers.  As a result, the SWFWMD Governing Board directed the staff to develop the framework for establishing a Water Use Caution Area in Hernando and Citrus Counties and bring a recommendation on such Water Use Caution Area back to the June 2013 SWFWMD Governing Board meeting.  A Water Use Caution Area designation will make it more difficult to obtain consumptive use permits in this area.

     

    This should be of concern to any entity operating in Hernando and Citrus Counties and potentially the surrounding counties who uses groundwater as part of its operation. (Submitted by Eric Olsen, Hopping Green & Sams)

     

    Business Identity Theft in Florida is a Real Threat

    Last week three employees from the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, visited the MAF office to talk about a serious and growing problem in Florida and nationwide – business identify theft.  As it stands today anyone can log into the Division of Corporations and change your business information – it is not password protected.  The good news is they are working on the password issue and many more steps they need to take to protect Florida businesses.  Below is information they asked us to share with our members.

     

    Business Identity Theft, is essentially the same as personal identity theft except, the identity stolen is that of a company or other business entity and the damage is usually much more severe. Criminals have identified creative methods for exploiting this form of identity theft.  Most businesses are not aware of the crime or how they can protect themselves from it.   With business identity theft the average loss is $5000.  And in many instances, perpetrating business identity theft is much easier than personal identity theft.

     

    Small business owners are particularly vulnerable.  Thieves are after small businesses because they do not possess strong IT departments or multiple finance staff members with the resources to manage and check corporate filings, bank accounts, or credit ratings.  A small business is vulnerable because it typically has two distinctions that make it a great target; a small and very busy staff, and readily available credit.

     

    Business identity theft is perpetrated in a number of ways.  In many instances thieves simply use information gathered from the Department of State’s records.  Additionally, they fraudulently alter those same records, and then use the altered records to purchase easily fenced products.  In other cases, they use the altered information to get contracts and collect cash for work performed leaving the original entity with the tax burden.   Regardless of the method, the original business entity is left fighting for its life in the aftermath of the crime, and statistics indicate that as many as 60% will close their doors within one year.

     

    Florida’s Department of State is working on a multi-pronged plan of attack with the goal of protecting the state’s business owners from identity theft.  As soon as these strategies are in place, they will be announced to the public.

     

    In the meantime, there are multiple steps you should do to protect your business.  To begin with, learn about business identity theft.  The National Association of Secretaries of State has an excellent website with a great deal of information on the subject.  You can find out more at by going to www.nass.org and clicking on the business identity theft link.  Second, go to the Department of State’s business filings portal, www.sunbiz.org and check your entity, even if you have dissolved it, for errors or problems.  If you see records that are incorrect, contact the Division of Corporations.  While you are on our website, make sure the email address on file is correct and one you check regularly.  Finally, contact your business creditors, to make sure there is nothing suspicious going on with your accounts.  Most creditors have the ability for you to put a hold on your credit, preventing someone from opening a new account without your authorization, so ask your creditor(s) to turn on this feature.

     

    Short Notes

    ·         On December 13, 2012 Deloitte Consulting LLP published a report entitled Manufacturing Skills Gap: Economic Implication and Strategies for Narrowing It. It is posted on the MAF web site under Resources.

    ·         Florida has chosen Tony Bennett from Indiana as the new Florida Commissioner of Education. His background in education: teacher, superintendent and coach.

    ·         Selected solid waste facilities will be permitted in Tallahassee beginning in 2013.  See memo from Hopping Green & Sams attached.

    ·         Hopping Green & Sams has prepared a memo on the results of the DEP Solid Waste Webinar of 12/11/12. It is attached.

    ·         For the purpose of benchmarking or determining what you would have to pay in wages if receiving economic incentives from the state, Enterprise Florida has prepared a report on average annual wages by county and by metropolitan service area.  That information has been posted to our website under Resources.

    ·         Florida Commerce Secretary Swoop announced 160 economic incentive business deals signed this year, a 23% increase over last year with pledge capital investment of $1.7 billion, an increase of 32% over last year.  These deals are expected to net 25,144 jobs for Florida.

    ·         The Florida Revenue Estimating Conference has revised the forecast for total state general revenue in FY 2013-14 and is now expecting growth of nearly $1.2 billion (or 4.7%) over the revised FY 2012-13 estimate. The 2013 Legislature is now forecast to have $28.3 billion available for the next budget. This is $3.7 billion (15%) more than the recurring general revenue appropriations in the current budget.

    ·         Governor Rick Scott announced this week that more than 27,000 Florida veterans have found jobs with the help of the state’s workforce system.

    ·         Florida has increased the number of STEM job openings this year with more than 65,825 job openings posted in November 2012. That is a 14% increase over 2011.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafcenter.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.
    • The Florida Administrative Register report for the week is attached.

     

    Upcoming Events - 2013

     

    January 30-31    Enterprise Florida Board, Committee, Manufacturing Task Force  and Stakeholder meetings, DoubleTree Hotel, 101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 

     

    February 4-5      Florida Manufacturing Days at the Capital, Governors Club and the Capital, Tallahassee, FL.  Guest room blocks reserved at aloft Hotel (850.513.0313) and Governor’s Inn (850.681.6855.  

     

    May 28-31           Florida Sterling Council Annual Conference, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, register at www.floridasterling.com
  • November 27, 2012 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Manufacturing Days at the Capital is scheduled for February 4-5, 2013 in Tallahassee.  This is an annual event for MAF members.  Sponsorships are now being accepted. More details forthcoming. Please contact nancy@mafmfg.com.

     

    Closing in on the Manufacturers Summit

    This is the last week to register for the upcoming Manufacturers Summit and it is not too late to sign up for an exhibit or a sponsorship. There are nearly 40 speakers at the Summit this year and 25 exhibitors.  Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for making the Summit possible. Regarding the Manufacturer of the Year Awards Banquet at the Summit, we have 17 finalists this year vying for the winning position in four categories.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this awards process and to Phil Centonze, POS-Impact for managing it! You may register for the Summit at www.mafmfg.com. An updated agenda is also posted there for your convenience.

     

    DEP Solid Waste Webinar

    On December 4, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. DEP will hold a solid waste webinar.  The purpose is to discuss 1) the changing of District boundaries; 2) the centralization of some solid waste permitting in Tallahassee; 3) updates on plans for Chapter 62-701 rulemaking and 4) time for questions.  In order to participate you must register at:

    https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/303989418.  You can also find more information on the first two discussion items from the DEP solid waste webpage at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/solid_waste/default.htm.

     

    Florida Legislative Organizational Session

    On November 19 Nancy Stephens, nancy d. Stephens & Associates, cosponsored a legislative reception for freshman legislators, sponsored by the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.  It was great to see the freshman legislators and their staff.

     

    On November 20 the Florida Legislature held their organizational session for the 2012-2014 Legislature.  Some of the highlights follow:

     

    ·         Senator Don Gaetz was named President of the Florida Senate; Rep. Will Weatherford was named Speaker of the Florida House.

    ·         President Gaetz announced new ethics rules for the Senate; combined the K-12 and Higher Education Policy Committees and respective appropriations committees; announced a Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare); and announced a panel on gambling.

    ·         The Democratic Minority Leaders for the House and Senate were chosen, both from Broward County.  They are Rep. Thurston and Senator Smith.

    ·         Sen. Garrett Richter, Naples, was chosen as Senate President Pro-Tempore; Sen. Maria Sachs, Boca Raton, was elected as the Senate Democratic leader Pro-Tempore.

    ·         Senate Democrats also chose Sen. Braynon, Miami Gardens, as the Democratic whip, Sen. Soto, Orlando, as the Deputy Whip, and Sen. Montford, Tallahassee, as the policy chair.

    ·         House Democrats chose Rep. Jones, Jacksonville, as House Leader Pro-Tempore; Rep. Waldman, Coconut Creek, Minority Floor Leader; Rep. Pafford, West Palm Beach, as the policy chair; Rep. Rouson, Tampa, as policy advisor; and Rep. Williams, Tallahassee, as Minority Whip.

     

    Legislative Delegation Meetings

    Legislative delegation meetings are held in the local community and are a great way to get the attention of local legislators on your issues.  They are always held prior to the upcoming legislative session. You can contact your local legislator to find out who is responsible for setting the agenda and ask if you can have 3 minutes on that agenda to present your 2013 legislative issues.  If you would like to do that, MAF can help you with your remarks related to the MAF legislative agenda. This makes the next contact on the issue much easier! Contact nancy@mafmfg.com.

     

    November 27

    Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation          Miami                   9:30 am

    Broward Legislative Delegation                                  Ft. Lauderdale   4:00 pm

     

    December 7      

    Manatee Legislative Delegation                                Bradenton          8:30 am

     

    December 10

    Polk County Delegation                                                 Bartow                 8:30 am

     

    December 11

    Hardee County Delegation                                          Wauchula            10:00 am

     

    December 12

    Brevard County Delegation                                         Viera                     2:00 pm

     

    December 13

    Central Florida Delegation                                            Daytona Beach  1:30 pm

    Palm Beach Delegation                                                  Jupiter                  2:00 pm

     

    December 17

    St. Lucie County Delegation                                         Fort Pierce          2:00 pm

     

    December 18

    Broward County Delegation                                        Pembroke

                                                                                                    Pines                     4:00 pm

     

    December 19    

    Indian River County Delegation                                 Vero Beach         9:00 am

     

    December 20

    Seminole County Delegation                                      Sanford                9:00 am

    Broward County Delegation                                        Ft. Lauderdale   4:00 pm

     

     

    Workforce Florida Announces Statewide Branding Initiative

    As you have noticed, each of the 24 local Workforce Boards call themselves something unique, which is a bit confusing for the public.  As a result of this and state law that calls for a single, consolidated workforce brand that is customer-focused and delivers consistency across all regions, Workforce Florida has selected IDEAS of Orlando to lead the branding initiative.  The campaign will be launched in 2013.

     

    Florida MEP Releases Its Summary of Economic Impacts on Florida Economy

    The Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership (FMEP) is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the State of Florida.  Its purpose is to help small and medium size manufacturers identify and implement advanced manufacturing and management technologies.  Through an independent survey of 1,000 FMEP client companies they have documented the impact of their programs from October 2007 through August 2012 as follows:

    ·        Created 2,823 jobs that otherwise would not have existed
    ·        Retained 5,156 jobs that otherwise would not have existed
    ·        Increased and retained $693.8 million in sales
    ·        Spent $176.6  million on new investment
    ·        Experienced $149.2 million in cost savings

    The sum of the direct, indirect, and induced effects spurred by these small- and medium-size manufacturing companies that increased or retained jobs or sales and/or increased investments with assistance from the Florida MEP are responsible for:
    ·        Creating or retaining 28,359 jobs that paid a total of $1.42 billion in employee wages and benefits
    ·        Increasing or retaining economic output worth $6.5 billion
    ·        Contributing or retaining $2.46 billion of gross state product
    ·        Generating or retaining $547.5 million in additional tax and non-tax revenues at the Federal, state, and local government levels, including $176.5 million at the state and local level.

    Great job FMEP!

     

    Activity Picks Up on Restoring Springs

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is expanding its efforts to restore Silver Springs.  In the past two years DEP has directed $11.5 million to restoring Florida springs, more than double the spending in the previous three years. DEP research and monitoring led to designating Silver Springs and the Upper Silver River as impaired for nitrates. With finalization of the Total Maximum Daily Load for the springs at .35 milligrams per liter, Florida protection will be identical to that of the EPA protection for the springs.  A total management plan to reduce nitrate inputs to meet the daily load is yet to be developed with local involvement. As a part of the solution DEP announced $1 million in wastewater projects last summer in the Marion County area. The projects include redirecting discharge from the Silver Springs Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Silver Springs Shores Wastewater Treatment Plant, connecting a series of small wastewater treatment plants to the central facility eliminating more than two tons of nitrates that are going into the Silver Springs system.  Another $400,000 will be invested by DEP to take Silver River State Park off septic tanks and hook it to central sewer, reducing another 1,370 pounds of nitrates that are going into the Silver Springs system. 

     

    Across the state to the Gulf Coast, DEP is committing $1.1 million to a reuse project for the City of Crystal River which will send 750,000 gallons of reclaimed water from the Crystal River wastewater treatment plant to the Progress Energy Citrus County Power Complex, reducing wastewater nutrient loading to the local springshed by 16% and increasing spring flow in Kings Bay by reducing the need for groundwater pumping at the power complex.

     

    Next the DEP will establish nutrient reduction requirements for the Rainbow, Jackson Blue and Weeki Wachee spring systems.  DEP has already adopted a water quality restoration plan for the spring fed Santa Fe River and will adopt a similar plan for the Wekiva Basin.  Restoration plan initiation for Wakulla Springs and Suwannee River springs are expected yet this year.   The objective is to speed up the pace of restoration and develop plans with local stakeholders to solve long term goals.

     

    Short Notes

    ·         Facts About Manufacturing, 2012, is now available at www.themanufacturinginstitute.org. This is a compilation of 65 charts and analysis presenting a wide array of data for the manufacturing sector and highlighting its importance to the U.S. and global economy.  It is the first comprehensive update since 2009 and is the product of the Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation and the National Association of Manufacturers.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafcenter.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    December 5       MAF Executive Committee Lunch Meeting, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 5       MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., (Center Board of Trustees and invited guests), Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 5       Joint Reception for MAF Board Members and MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Board of Trustees, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL 

     

    December 6       MAF Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. (MAF Board Members and invited guests), Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Marketplace and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact nancy@nstephens.com.

     

    December 13     MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T.  Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    December 13     Volusia Manufacturers Association 32nd Annual Awards Banquet at the Speedway Daytona 500 Club.  Register at www.VMAonline.com.

     

    2013

     

    February 4-5      Florida Manufacturing Days at the Capital, Governors Club and the Capital, Tallahassee, FL.  More info coming soon.

  • November 16, 2012 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    Best News of the Week – Repair Parts Sale Tax Rule Revision Suspended!

    The Florida Department of Revenue informed us last week that because the Legislature will be introducing more business tax exemptions for 2013 (rather than less), work on the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Repair Parts Sales Tax Rule Revision has been suspended in order not to waste valuable time on a rule that would soon become obsolete!  MAF is delighted that our lobbying work on this has paid off.  If the proposed rule had been approved, many of the repair parts for your machinery and equipment would have become taxable costing you thousands of dollars.  This is a huge win for manufacturers in Florida!  MAF led the charge on this issue and we thank Enterprise Florida, the Florida Pulp and Paper Association, the Governor’s Office and the Florida Senate for their help with this issue and the Department of Revenue for their decision.

     

    Closing in on the Manufacturers Summit

    The deadline for making hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel in Orlando for the MAF Manufacturers Summit and Marketplace has passed.  We hope you made your room reservations! Now it is time to turn in your meeting registration form. You may register at www.mafmfg.com. An updated agenda is also posted there for your convenience.

     

    Chemical Industry Focus for Upcoming Year

    Nancy Stephens, MAF Executive Director, attended the American Chemistry Council (ACC) annual meeting of state chemical and manufacturing association directors and chemical company state government lobbyists in Orlando on November 14-15.  Topics of discussion were nationwide election results, environmental justice, risk perception communication, product attacks, chemical regulation, and energy development.  ACC is a member of MAF. Thank you to ACC for the invitation!

     

    60 Minutes Highlights the Manufacturing Skills Gap

    On November 11, 60 Minutes ran a story featuring two NAM member companies – ClickBond and Alcoa – on the manufacturing skills gap.  The piece highlighted that despite high unemployment rates, hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs remain unfilled because employers like Click Bond can’t find the workers to fill open positions. In addition, companies like Alcoa find it hard to train their current employees to keep up with advances in technology. The skills gap can make it difficult for manufacturers to innovate their products and grow their businesses. It is concerns such as those highlighted on 60 Minutes that drove the Manufacturing Institute to establish programs like Dream It. Do It., Right Skills Now and the Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which attract, qualify and develop world-class manufacturing talent. The story sparked calls to MAF from the press in Florida and we expect to see an upcoming story in Southwest Florida and Orlando

     

    DEP Recycling Recognition Program

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is expanding its Recycling Recognition Program to encourage businesses, schools, public groups and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach the Florida recycling goal of 75% by 2020.  Florida’s 75 percent recycling goal was set by the state Legislature and focuses on municipal solid waste and does not include industrial solid waste. Some common types of municipal solid waste include newspapers, office paper, glass and plastic bottles and food waste. The most recent data shows the residential sector has about a 42 percent recycling rate, while the commercial sector is at roughly 44 percent and overall, Florida recycles at about a 43 percent rate. In order for Florida to meet the 75 percent goal, it is critical for both the private commercial sector and residential sector to increase recycling rates.

     

    The Department is hopeful that the expanded recognition program will encourage the commercial sector to not only recycle more, but increase their reporting. DEP has an easy tool for companies to track and compare recycling efforts to that of other businesses – the Florida DEP Business Recycling Tracking Tool. This can all be done online through the website. After you complete the free registration online, you can track different types of recycling efforts and produce reports on how those efforts are helping to shrink your carbon footprint.  The tracking will help the Department determine which companies should receive recognition. DEP is seeking candidates for statewide recognition and needs help in spreading the word.  To nominate a business contact Ron Henricks at Ron_Henricks@dep.state.fl.us or 850.245.8717 or visit the webpage https://my.re-trac.com/floridadep

     

    Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards

    The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards are the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.   This year’s manufacturing award winner is Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie, Texas. Congratulations to Lockheed Martin.

     

    ERC Approves Numeric Nutrient Criteria in Panhandle

    The Florida Environmental Regulation Commission has approved numeric nutrient criteria for Florida’s six major Panhandle estuaries, further building on the already comprehensive nutrient standards set for Florida last year.  With this latest approval Florida has set rigorous nutrient criteria for more than 3,100 of the state’s 4,290 coastal miles of estuaries or 72% coverage. 

     

    These are the numeric nutrient standards for the Panhandle estuaries, which includes Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay and Apalachicola Bay. The nutrient water quality standards adopted in 2011 included a schedule for the development of estuary specific numeric nutrient criteria for the Panhandle estuaries by June 30, 2013, and the Department has developed nutrient standards for total phosphorus, total nitrogen and chlorophyll a for individual estuary segments in each of the estuaries.

     

    The numeric nutrient standards come nearly seven months before the Department's own deadline and 10 months before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's schedule for setting standards. They come five months after the Department's overall numeric nutrient standards set last year were upheld by an Administrative Law judge in their entirety and submitted to EPA for review.  EPA confirmed last year that the Department's rules are accurate and will serve to protect and improve Florida's water quality.  For more information visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wqssp/nutrients

     

    Short Notes

    • United Technologies Corp. announced last week that Pratt & Whitney will expand its manufacturing capabilities at its West Palm Beach facility, which will entail a $63 million capital investment and result in 230 new jobs. The expansion involves Pratt & Whitney’s most advanced commercial and military engines and builds upon the great work already being done in Florida. 
    • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has appointed Susan Grandin as Director of State Lands.   Susan formerly served as President of The Preservation Law Group, Inc., a group specializing in the preservation and protection of military installations and civilian airfields.  Prior to that she was with The Trust for Public Land.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafcenter.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.

     

    Florida Administrative Register

    The Florida Administrative Register report for November 12-16, 2012  is attached.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    December 5       MAF Executive Committee Lunch Meeting, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 5       MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., (Center Board of Trustees and invited guests), Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 5       Joint Reception for MAF Board Members and MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Board of Trustees, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL 

     

    December 6       MAF Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 – 9:30 a.m. (MAF Board Members, MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Board Members and invited guests), Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL  NOTE BEGINNING TIME CHANGE!!!

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Marketplace and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact nancy@nstephens.com.

     

    December 13     MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T.  Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    December 13     Volusia Manufacturers Association 32nd Annual Awards Banquet at the Speedway Daytona 500 Club.  Register at www.VMAonline.com.

     

    2013

     

    February 4-5      Florida Manufacturing Days at the Capital, Governors Club and the Capital, Tallahassee, FL.  More info coming soon.

     

  • November 09, 2012 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    Dear MAF Members:

    We have great news for you!  The Florida Department of Revenue has SUSPENDED its rulemaking on the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Repair Parts Rule, saving our manufacturers many thousands of dollars in sales tax. The proposed rule would have defined consumables that we consider integral to making a product taxable… and more.    MAF attended the rulemaking workshop in August and submitted formal comments at that time. Some of you provided input for those comments – thank you!

    Since that time we have been working hard to derail the proposed rule. Today we heard from the Department of Revenue that because they expect business tax exemptions to be expanded by the Florida Legislature, they would be wasting their time by promulgating a rule that trends in the opposite direction.

    Another example of how MAF works for you every day!

     

  • October 29, 2012 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    MAF Weekly Report-October 26, 2012

     

     

    November Ballot Initiatives – Vote Yes on 10!!!

    On November 6 you will see 11 initiatives to change Florida’s constitution when you cast your vote at the ballot box.  (They are numbered 1-12, but number 7 was removed from the ballot by the Florida Supreme Court.) 

     

    MAF encourages you to vote YES on Proposed Amendment No. 10 – Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption. This amendment will grant a tangible personal property (TPP) exemption for those with TPP greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. (You will recall we currently have in place a TPP exemption for values less than $25,000.) The new exemption would take effect on January 1, 2013. While many of you would still not be able to take advantage of this, it will help very small businesses.  The bigger issue for manufacturers is the other part of the amendment that authorizes a county or municipality to provide tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance. This would be in addition to any statewide TPP tax exemptions.  The importance of this is that those counties wishing to stimulate their local economy could offer additional TPP relief to business.  This is the first time in decades that Florida has had an opportunity to change TPP law in the constitution. MAF and its political arm, Manufacturers Making a Difference, have monetarily supported the campaign to pass this amendment and MAF lobbied for this to be on the ballot. For more information visit www.yesonten.com.  VOTE YES ON 10!

     

    On a related note if any of your counties have local issues on the ballot that would allow them to reduce tangible personal property tax, please vote for them!

     

    Regarding the other constitutional amendments, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is encouraging a YES vote on the following:

     

    Amendment #1 –Health Care Services (Prohibits laws or rules compelling anyone to purchase health care coverage.)

     

    Amendment #3-State Government Revenue Limitation (Changes the existing state revenue limitation from being based on Florida personal income growth to being based on inflation and population changes.)

     

    Amendment #4 – Property Tax Limitations (Reduces from 10% to 5% the limitation on annual changes in assessments of non-homestead real property.)

     

    Amendment #5 – State Courts (Requires the Florida Senate to confirm Supreme Court justices.)

     

    Amendment #8 – Religious Freedom (Provides that no one can be denied governmental benefits on the basis of religion and allowing public monies to be used in the aid of religious institutions.)

     

    Amendment #10 – Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption (Allows local governments to provide tangible personal property tax relief in addition to state tax relief.)   

     

    To review all the details of the amendments to make an informed decision, visit http://www.flchamber.com/political/2012-election-center/amendments/

     

    Collecting Items for Summit Silent Auction

    During the Manufacturers Summit in Orlando on December 6-7 we will hold a silent auction benefit for the MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence.  Nancy Loehr, Progress Energy, and Jayne Fifer, Volusia Manufacturers Association, will be collecting items for the auction.  This is a fun way to do your Christmas shopping and contribute to the MAF Center for their manufacturing workforce education projects at the same time.  Be creative with your donations! For more information or to donate, contact nancy.loehr@pgnmail.com or jayne.fifer@vmaonline.com. Thank you for Nancy and Jayne for their work on this year’s auction!

     

    Reports Released/Highlighted This Week

    Florida Target Industry Competitiveness Report, September 13, 2012 by McCallum Sweeney Consulting and Avalanch Consulting for Enterprise Florida. Key findings are that:

    a) site selectors are noticing the impressive improvements to our incentive approval process in FL. However, the study pointed out that the state’s Closing Fund is underfunded and the state has a distinct disadvantage in this area;

    b) Florida has a large talented workforce noting the multilingual nature of the population. Given the strengths in this area Florida needs to better market current talent assets.

    c) We should continue to modernize the tax structure and streamline the permitting processes. 

    d) There is a need for the development and promotion of a strong Florida business brand and a need to align marketing activities to target industries. 

     

    Specifically related to manufacturing, the study says “cost continues to be a key factor in site selection, meaning labor cost and tax policy play a dominant role in a state’s ability to attract substantial projects.  Manufacturing is usually capital intensive, so land, site preparation, and infrastructure costs are critical.  Capital oriented incentives are important – property tax reductions and full exemption of sales tax on machinery and equipment are two areas for improvement.  In addition, training incentives need to be expanded to better meet what is being offered by competitor states.” A copy of the report is attached for your convenience.

     

    Florida TaxWatch Center for Competitive Florida Economic Commentary, September 2012. The report summarizes the investments that Florida has made over the years in seaports and more importantly the drastic increase in funding over the past 2 years. To learn more about Florida’s port projects and read this report visit www.floridataxwatch.org.

     

    2012 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineers September 2012. This report ranks Florida’s infrastructure as follows:

     

    B             Bridges

    B –          Aviation

    C             Highways

    C             Ports

    C             Stormwater

    C             Transit

    C             Water and Sewer

    D+          Flood Control

    D-           Coastal Areas

    D-           Energy

    To read the entire report visit www.fla-asce.org.

     

    College and Career 1st, Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, October 25, 2012. This report is partially the result of Governor Scott’s Education Listening Tour where he listened to teachers, parents and students.  The report brings forth the best ideas for educating and training students to compete in the 21st century economy. Following are the goals:

    #1 Maintain accountability while focusing on the successful transition to more rigorous Common Core State Standards and assessments, which better measure readiness for college and careers.

    #2 Support teachers and equip them with the tools they need to improve their practice as professionals and to help students realize better educational outcomes.

    #3 Allow choices and flexibility in districts, schools and classrooms that recognize the unique needs of students and teachers and support efforts to achieve improved results.  To read more, go to www.rickscottforflorida.com.

     

    Legislative Leadership Making Appointments

    Will Weatherford, Incoming Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, has appointed the following to House leadership positions:

    Rep. Robert Schenck, Rules Chairman

    Rep. Marti Coley, Speaker Pro-Tempore

    Rep. Chris Dorworth, House Majority Leader

    More appointments will be made during the November organizational Session, November 20.

     

    Short Notes

    ·         Progress Energy Executive Roundtable – On October 17 Al Stimac, MAF President and Nancy Stephens, MAF Executive Director, participated in an Executive Roundtable with Progress Energy outgoing CEO Vinny Dolan, incoming CEO Alex Glenn, and Nancy Loehr, Progress Energy’s representative to the MAF Board.  We were updated on Progress Energy/Duke Power plans and challenges for the future. Thank you to Progress Energy for the invitation!

    • Hopping Green & Sams informs us that the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC) was not convinced by FDEP’s response to JAPC’s comments regarding the underlying statutory authority for de minimis discharge cleanup in proposed Rule 62-780.  FDEP staff and counsel will be discussing internally JAPC’s most recent comments on de minimis discharge cleanup as well as the other JAPC comments over the next several days to develop next steps, which will likely include additional discussions with JAPC.
    • The Southwest District Office of FDEP continues to undergo significant reorganization.  New appointments in that office follow. Water Facilities: Cindy Zhang-Torres; Waste Management: Yanisa Angulo and Erin Rasnake; Compliance and Enforcement: Joe Squitieri, Ilia Balcom, Brian Brown, Erin DiBacco, Susan Pelz, Michelle Duggan and Sean McGinnis; Administration: Charley O’Neal.

    ·         At a meeting of the Florida Cabinet this week, the Division of Bond Finance reported that Florida has reduced its outstanding debt by $2 billion over the last two years.

    • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Office of Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations (FLP) is actively seeking input from the freight community as they work to create a statewide Freight Mobility and Trade Plan. Their next round of meetings is for scenario planning, using the information they have gathered to date. This is a series of three meetings. The first is November 8, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL. The next two will be in December and March.  The invitation is attached if you would like to attend.
    • For quick facts about Florida, visit a new Enterprise Florida website location, www.eflorida.com/newsroom.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. We already have some 32 manufacturers committed to the program.  For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafame.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Marketplace and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact nancy@nstephens.com.

     

    December 13     MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T.  Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    Florida Administrative Register (FAR)

    The Florida Administrative Weekly changed its name on October 1 to the Florida Administrative Register.  Instead of publishing the information once a week, it now comes out once a day.  Therefore you will see this section of our report formatted differently to accommodate the new FAR format.

     

    FAR –October 22, 2012

     

    Suwannee River Water Management District RULE NO.: 40B-2.331

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide an incentive for water use permittees to voluntarily implement the District’s water use monitoring requirements prior to expiration of their current permit. The effect of the proposed rule is to extend the duration of a water use permit if the permittee voluntarily implements the required water use monitoring program. Voluntarily implementing monitoring before a permit expires will provide needed data in a timelier manner.
    SUMMARY: The proposed rule will allow existing water use permittees to voluntarily implement monitoring requirements prior to such monitoring requirements becoming mandatory. The proposed rule language will be located within rule 40B-2.331, Florida Administrative Code and within the SRWMD Water Use Permitting Guide, which is incorporated by reference in rule 40B-2.301, Florida Administrative Code.
    IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED AND ANNOUNCED IN THE FAR.
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Robin Lamm, Business Resource Specialist II, SRWMD, 9225 C.R. 49, Live Oak, Florida, 32060, (386)362-1001 or (800)226-1066 (FL only)


    DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

    RULE NO.: 62-302.532                                                                                                                                
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The proposed rules establish numeric nutrient criteria for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a in individual estuary segments for the following Panhandle estuaries:  Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay, and Apalachicola Bay. 
    SUMMARY: The Department is amending Rule 62-302.532, F.A.C., to establish numeric nutrient criteria for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a in individual estuary segments for the following Panhandle estuaries:  Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay, and Apalachicola Bay.  Subsection 62-302.532(3), F.A.C., requires that the Department establish by rule or final order estuary specific numeric interpretations of the narrative nutrient criteria for TN and TP for Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), St. Andrew Bay, Choctawhatchee Bay, and Apalachicola Bay by June 30, 2013.  

    EFFECT ON THOSE OTHER RULES: The proposed amendments are not expected to have significant effects on other rules.  The proposed amendments establish estuary specific numeric nutrient criteria that maintain existing conditions. 

    A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:
    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
    PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, Conference Room A, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Eric Shaw, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, MS 6511, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400, (850)245-8429 or e-mail: eric.shaw@dep.state.fl.us.

    FAR- October 23, 2012

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: November 1, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Suwannee River Water Management District, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a technical meeting to discuss issues related to the Suwannee River Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). The primary topic of discussion during this meeting will be the Suwannee River BMAP development process. The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Terry Hansen, Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400.

    FAR - October 24, 2012

     

    The North Florida- Southeast Georgia (NFSEG) regional groundwater flow model Steering and Technical Teams are made up of area stakeholders, the St. Johns River Water Management District staff and the Suwannee River Water Management District staff, to work collectively on the development of the next generation regional-scale groundwater flow model for North Florida. The Technical Team announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    PLACE: St. Johns River Water Management District Headquarters, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, Florida 32177.
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:  This is a meeting of the Technical Team described above. The purpose of the meeting is to continue the discussion of the conceptual model to be used in the development of the NFSEG regional groundwater flow model. An opportunity for public comment will be provided near the end of the meeting.
    NOTE: One or more members of the Governing Board from each of the water management districts named above may attend the meeting.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: St. Johns River Water Management District, Attention: Kristi Cushman, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, (386) 329-4308, email: kcushman@sjrwmd.com or by visiting the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership website at www.northfloridawater.com.).

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/986139050.
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council Monitoring Catalog Workgroup to discuss the metadata elements to be included in the monitoring catalog.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/250147482.
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council Salinity Network Workgroup to discuss development of indices for groundwater levels and groundwater quality.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

    FAR - October 25, 2012
    Nothing to report.

     

    FAR - October 26, 2012

     

    The Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC) announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: November 8, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
    PLACE: City of St. Cloud Marina (2nd floor), 1104 Lakeshore Blvd., St. Cloud, FL 34769.
    Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC) - Monthly Meeting
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: A Public Meeting of the Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) regarding water resources protection, water supply and flood protection issues. The public is advised that it is possible that one or more members of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District may attend and participate in this meeting.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Paul Millar at: (561) 682 6335 or pmillar@sfwmd .gov; or at our website: http://my.sfwmd.gov/wrac.gov.

  • October 29, 2012 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    Ocala, FL – Clairson Plastics, a leader in high-performance Injection Molding technology, is pleased to announce Steve Meitzen as the new Director of Sales and Marketing.

    “Steve brings over thirty years of distinguished experience in business development, program management, and customer is King Attitude to the Clairson Plastics Team,” says David Donihue, CEO of Clairson Plastics. “He has extensive experience in initiating start-up sales activities, developing strategies, and executing capture plans for successful business development efforts. Combine this with his practical business experience. Steve provides Clairson Plastics an edge in the custom injection molding market place.”

    “I’m honored to be part of the Clairson Plastics organization and playing a leadership role on the Custom Injection Molding team,” says Steve Meitzen. “I look forward to bringing innovative solutions to the market.  Clairson has assembled a very impressive new leadership team and I am honored to have join them.”

    As Director of Sales and Marketing for Clairson Plastics, Steve will be responsible for developing and executing Clairson Plastics’ market development, sales, and new business plans. From Clairson Plastics’ Florida office, he will supervise the US sales and marketing teams to identify market opportunities and fulfill market needs, ensure delivery of quality solutions, and meet short- and long-term business goals.



    Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska, Past President of the Bay Area Manufacturers Association. He is a tireless supporter of the Aerospace Industry Association work to stop the sequestration movement. He is chairman of the BAMA STEM education committee. Steve lives with his family in Lutz, Florida.

    About Clairson Plastics
    Clairson Plastics, an international company headquartered in Ocala, Florida, provides Injection Molding services for Medical, Defense and Electronics custom molding markets. Clairson Plastics designs and manages secondary operations such as pad printing, packaging and other services needed by their customers.  

    For more information, please contact

    David Donihue
    CEO
    Clairson Plastics

    2811 NE 14th Street

    Ocala, FL 34470

    Telephone  262.424.4253
    ddonihue@Clairson.com

     

  • October 12, 2012 10:46 AM | Anonymous
    Please click on attached document for more information:

    Ybor Job Fair Registration FA12 Oct 2012.pdf.
  • October 01, 2012 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
           

    Ring Power Board of Directors Elects New Executive Vice President
    Two Vice Presidents Also Appointed



    ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Sept. 27, 2012 – Ring Power Corporation Chairman and President Randal L. Ringhaver and the Board of Directors recently announced the election of David Alban as Executive Vice President – Sales and Corporate Secretary. The board also appointed new officers Alex Posson as Vice President – Director of Human Resources and Steve Gambill as Vice President – Power Systems Product Support.

    In his new role as Executive Vice President - Sales, Alban will have responsibility for several Ring Power divisions including: New and Used Heavy Equipment, Cat® equipment rentals, International, Crane and Lift Trucks. In an effort to efficiently grow our business and enhance our customers’ satisfaction in all areas, Alban will work closely with the senior-vice presidents of these divisions on a daily basis.

    In 2001, Alban began his Ring Power career in the Sales Training Program, spending time working in the service shops, learning firsthand what happens day-to-day. Alban also worked in the Heavy Equipment Rental department before moving into Sales.

    He earned his first managerial role in 2002, leading the newly launched Agricultural Equipment division.

    In 2004, when the Six Sigma initiative began, Alban was selected as a project leader. Alban was then promoted to General Service Manager of Heavy Equipment for the northern half of Ring Power’s Cat territory. Since 2009 Alban had served as Vice President and Corporate Secretary. In 2011,
    Alban took on additional responsibility, serving as Vice President of Power Systems Product Support.

    Newly appointed Vice President – Director of Human Resources Alex Posson joined Ring Power in March as human resources manager. Prior to joining Ring Power, she served as the employee relations specialist at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. Posson is a graduate of the University of Florida and Florida Coastal School of Law.

    Taking over for David Alban as Vice President – Power Systems Product Support, Steve Gambill joined Ring Power in 1994 as a marine field service technician and worked his way up to assistant Power Systems service manager, Jacksonville branch Power Systems service manager and, most recently, marine services operations manager. Gambill brings 27 years of experience to Power Systems’ service operations along with the insight he has gained as a “green belt” on numerous Six Sigma projects.


    # # #

    Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 50 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat products and allied equipment. For more information on Ring Power Corporation, visit www.ringpower.com

  • September 25, 2012 12:16 PM | Anonymous

    MAF Weekly Report- September 24, 2012

     

    Enterprise Florida Wishes to Speak to Regional Manufacturing Associations

    Joel Gunter and Tim Johns are the “go to guys” at Enterprise Florida (EFI) for recruitment and retention of general manufacturing projects for Enterprise Florida, including clean energy projects.  Other project managers cover the gamut of aviation, aerospace, medical device manufacturing, and more. Our Enterprise Florida manufacturing managers would like to participate or attend some of the regional manufacturing association meetings as part of their outreach efforts.  They could do a short power point presentation, answer questions about EFI, say a few words or just introduce themselves and stick around afterwards for one-on-one conversations ...whatever fits into the typical program for your regional meetings.  To arrange such a meeting, contact Joel Gunter at jgunter@eflorida.com.

     

    Medicine Abuse Project Initiated

    Because manufacturers lose great employees and job applicants to failed drug tests, we thought you would like to know about a project that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has endorsed.  In her weekly news report of September 21 she writes that medicine abuse is a growing problem among teens in the United States. One in six teens has abused medicine, and medicine is the most commonly abused drug among 12- to 13-year-olds. General Bondi has joined The Partnership at DrugFree.org on The Medicine Abuse Project, a national awareness campaign to prevent medicine abuse in teens. The project launched on September 23 and aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine within five years. The Project encourages communities to educate people about the dangers of abusing medicine, monitor prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines, safeguard and properly dispose of unused medication, and eliminate improper prescribing and dispensing practices.  To learn more visit medicineabuseproject.org.

     

    Atwater Calls Together Small Businesses

    Candy Munz, MAF, joined small business owners from across the state at the Westin Harbour Island Hotel in Tampa for a two-day 2012 Small Business Leadership Forum earlier this month aimed at strategically helping small businesses have long-term prosperity and increasing their bottom lines.

    Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in Florida State University’s College of Business partnered for the forum, bringing together industry experts and university leaders to share best practices, resources and opportunities for growth as the state recovers from the economic downturn.

    Forum topics and panel discussions, targeted specifically to small business owners, included short- and long-term forecasts and trends of Florida’s economy, creating an environment for investment and improving access to capital, and leveraging resources available through our public universities and small business development centers. Breakout sessions covered best practices for selling products and services, managing and protecting your brand, dealing with employees and legal issues, and the fundamentals of supply chain management.

     

    There were three manufacturers on the first panel of speakers so the forum provided a direct line of communication with CFO Atwater.  The manufacturers addressed the gap in skilled workers, the machinery and equipment sales tax exemption and other issues that would make Florida a more business-friendly state.

     

    Sponsor or Exhibit at the MAF Annual Summit

    It’s not too early to sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor for the 9th Annual Manufacturers Summit on December 6-7, 2012 in Orlando. Please tell your suppliers too so they can showcase their abilities to serve the manufacturing sector. For more information check www.mafmfg.com.  

     

    Short Notes

    • On September 20 the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, led by Congressman Gibbs from Ohio, began discussion on why more states had not assumed delegation of the Clean Water Act dredge and fill (wetlands) program (Section 404) and how more delegations could be accomplished.
    • Florida’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) has released its latest revenue projections for the next fiscal year. Florida’s economists predict a $71.3 million surplus next year over and above the $1 billion Florida has in reserves. These projections are the best our state has seen since the recession hit Florida in 2006, creating the first budget surplus in five years.
    • According to CFO Jeff Atwater, Florida has an AAA credit rating – one of only nine AAA-rated states in the nation. Furthermore, last year Florida was able to reduce its debt by $500 million.

     

    News from NAM

    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is working on several things of interest to Florida manufacturers:

    • NAM is urging the House to support the Stop the War on Coal Act (HR 3409). The bill will halt costly regulations from EPA and requires EPA to perform a comprehensive review of the Utility MACT and Boiler MACT regulations.  Manufacturers consume one-third of the energy produced in the U.S. and need continued access to all energy sources.
    • NAM is showing strong support for the STEM Jobs Act of 2012 (HR 6429) which creates two new employment-based visa categories for masters and PH.D. graduates from qualified universities in science, technology, engineering and math fields.  The STEM Jobs Act streamlines the green card process and expands U.S. manufacturers’ access to global talent without increasing the total number of visas. This legislation will help to reform the employment-based visa system and give manufacturers access to the talent needed for researching, developing and manufacturing new and innovative products that will ensure manufacturers remain competitive in the global marketplace.
    • NAM and the Manufacturing Institute have declared October 5 as Manufacturing Day. They encourage you to showcase manufacturing in your own way on October 5. The event is aimed at students, parents, educators, media, customers, suppliers and the community at large.  Visit www.mfgday.com.
    • NAM continues to press Congress for a budget that does not adversely affect our defense manufacturers.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    October 18          MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T., Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact becky@nstephens.com.

     

    Florida Administrative Weekly – September 21, 2012

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District

    RULE 40D-2.091

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: As required by Section 373.250(3)(c) and (d), F.S., this rulemaking will amend Rule 40D-2.091, F.A.C., and Section 3.1 of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Water Use Permitting Basis of Review to implement new requirements for water use permit applicants and reuse utilities to aid in the determination of the feasibility of using reclaimed water in lieu of other sources. Subsections 373.250(3)(c) and (d), F.S. direct the water management districts to adopt rules to require certain permit applicants to provide written documentation from a reuse utility addressing the availability of and costs associated with the connection and use of reclaimed water to facilitate the permit applicant’s reclaimed water feasibility evaluation.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Amendments to Chapter 40D-2, F.A.C., to implement mandates in Section 373.250(3) (c) and (d), Florida Statutes to address certain reuse feasibility requirements for water use permit applicants and reuse utilities.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2011030)

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District
    RULE 40D-3.041

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this rulemaking is to amend Rule 40D-3.041, F.A.C., to incorporate the statutory exemptions established in Section 373.326, F.S., by Chapter 2012-205, Laws of Florida. The effect of the rulemaking will be that the District will require permits for only those wells identified as Class V, Group 1, pursuant to paragraph 62-528.600(2)(a), F.A.C.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Modification of District Rules Requiring Well Construction Permits.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2012021)

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District

    RULE 40D-3.037

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this rulemaking is to amend Rule 40D-3.037, F.A.C., to incorporate Chapters 62-528 (Underground Injection Control) and 62-532 (Water Well Permitting and Construction), F.A.C., which were recently amended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department). The rulemaking will also amend Rules 40D-3.507, and 40D-3.517, F.A.C., to reference those sections of Chapters 62-528 and 62-532, F.A.C., that were renumbered as a result of the amendments undertaken by the Department. The rulemaking will ensure consistency between the rules of the District and the Department governing well construction.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Modification of District Rules Requiring Well Construction Permits

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2012021)

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District

    RULE 40D-3.341

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of this rulemaking is to amend Rule 40D-3.341, F.A.C., to allow a property owner or party in legal control of a property to request that the District administratively cancel a well construction permit, provided that no activity has taken place under the

    permit.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Modification of District Rules governing Suspension, Revocation or Cancellation of Well Construction Permits

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2012022)

    THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE FROM THE CONTACT PERSON LISTED ABOVE.

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District
    RULE 40D-4.091

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of this rulemaking is to incorporate a proposed Environmental Resource Permit Applicant’s Handbook Volume II which, together with an Applicant’s Handbook Volume I that will be adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will provide guidance to applicants seeking environmental resource permits (ERPs) following DEP’s adoption of proposed new statewide ERP rules mandated by Section 373.4131, F.S. DEP is currently undertaking rulemaking to amend Chapter 62-330, F.A.C., which will become the statewide ERP rules. Each water management district is expected to adopt an Applicant’s Handbook Volume II that will contain the District-specific design and performance criteria relating to water quality, water quantity and any special basin criteria or other statutory requirements. Upon District adoption of the Applicant’s Handbook Volume II, it will be incorporated by reference into DEP’s statewide

    ERP rules.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Environmental Resource Permitting.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2012023)

    THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS NOT AVAILABLE.

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District

    RULE 40D-8.624
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of this rulemaking is to amend Rule 40D-8.624, F.A.C., to establish minimum and guidance levels for one of the District’s listed priority waters, Lake Hooker in Hillsborough County, FL pursuant to Section 373.042, Florida Statutes.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Establishment of minimum and guidance levels for Lake Hooker in Hillsborough County, Florida. A minimum level is the level of surface water at which further water withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources of the area.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Christina Uranowski, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899, (352)796-7211, extension 4271. (OGC File No. 2012013).

     

    Department of Environmental Protection
    RULE 62-17.680
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: This is a rulemaking effort to allow electronic submittal of data by removing requirements that data in support of modifications under the Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Acts be submitted on paper.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort the Department is amending these rules regarding modifications under the Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Acts to allow the submission of electronic data.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Susana Garcia at (850)245-2005 or susana.garcia@dep.state.fl.us

    THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE FROM THE CONTACT PERSON LISTED ABOVE.

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE 62-113.100
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this rulemaking is to incorporate the Operating Agreement Concerning Regulation Under Part IV, Chapter 373, F.S., Between Northwest Florida Water Management District and Department of Environmental Protection into Rule 62-113.100, F.A.C. Rule 62-346, F.A.C., currently incorporates the agreement, but will be affected by the Department’s Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting rulemaking, including potential repeal, and Rule 62-113, F.A.C., is the Department’s rule for listing all similar agreements.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Incorporation of interagency agreements.

    IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE NOTICED IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE WEEKLY.
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Hillary Powell, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 35, Tallahassee, FL 32399, (850)245-2248, hillary.powell@dep.state.fl.us. (OGC #12-141

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE 62-343.070 Procedures to Obtain a Permit

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule amendment will be to allow the submission of electronic applications and supporting material for environmental resource permits.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department of Environmental Protection is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort, the Department is amending its permitting rules to allow the submission of electronic permit applications and specifying the electronic format for supporting material.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Mary VanTassel, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 2500, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, telephone (850)245-8486, e-mail: Mary.VanTassel@dep. state.fl.us or facsimile (850)245-8499. (OGC No. 12-1445)

     

    Department of Environmental Protection 

    RULE  62-344.400

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule amendment will be to allow the submission of electronic permit applications and supporting material for petitions to request delegation of part or all of a permit program.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department of Environmental Protection is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort, the Department is amending its permitting rules to allow the submission of electronic permit applications.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Mary VanTassel, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 2500, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, telephone (850)245-8486 e-mail: Mary.VanTassel@dep. state.fl.us or facsimile (850)245-8499. (OGC No. 12-1446)

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE 62-346

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule amendment will be to allow the submission of electronic applications and supporting material for permits, water quality certification, Coastal Zone Consistency Concurrence, to Request Verification of Qualification for an Exemption, and Permits and Petitions for Formal Determinations to Department and NWFWMD Offices.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department of Environmental Protection is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort, the Department is amending its permitting rules to allow the submission of electronic permit applications.

    IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE NOTICED IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE WEEKLY.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Mary VanTassel, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 2500, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, telephone (850)245-8486, e-mail: Mary.VanTassel@dep. state.fl.us or facsimile (850)245-8499. (OGC No. 12-1447)

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE  62-673.320
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule amendment will be to allow the submission of electronic applications and supporting material for

    phosphogypsum stack systems.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department of Environmental Protection is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort, the Department is amending its permitting rules to allow the submission of electronic permit applications.

    IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE NOTICED IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE WEEKLY.
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Hillary Powell, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 35, Tallahassee, FL 32399, (850)245-2248, hillary.powell@dep.state.fl.us. or facsimile (850)245-2297. (OGC No. 12-1444)

     

    The St. Johns River Water Management District, Projects and Land Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIMES: Monday, October 8, 2012, 9:30 a.m., Site Visit; 12:30 p.m., Keystone Community lunch hosted by Save Our Lakes Organization; 3:30 p.m., Business Meeting. PLACE: 9:30 a.m. Site Visit starting location:  Camp Immokalee 6765 Immokalee Road, Keystone Heights, Florida 12:30 p.m. Community Lunch: Camp Immokalee 6765 Immokalee Road, Keystone Heights, Florida 3:30 p.m. Business Meeting: District Headquarters 4049 Reid Street (Hwy. 100 West) Palatka, FL 32177

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Etonia Chain of Lakes minimum flows and levels, prevention and recovery strategies. The location of the site visit may be changed due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Notice of such change will be available by contacting: St. Johns River Water Management District, Attention: Heather Barnes, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, via email: hbarnes@sjrwmd.com or by phone: (386)329-4347 or (386)937-9717. The Projects and Land Committee Business meeting will discuss agenda items, followed by committee recommendations to be approved by the full Governing Board.

    NOTE: In the event a quorum of the Committee is not available for the business meeting at the date, time and place set forth above, the Committee shall meet on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:00 a.m. at District Headquarters, 4049 Reid Street (Hwy 100 West), Palatka, FL 32177. One or more Governing Board members may attend and participate in the meetings by means of communications media technology.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Heather Barnes, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, via email: hbarnes@sjrwmd.com, by phone: (386)329-4347, by visiting the District’s website: www.floridaswater.com.

    If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, he/she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence from which the appeal is to be issued.

    For more information, you may contact: St. Johns River Water Management District, Attention: Heather Barnes, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, via email: hbarnes@sjrwmd.com, by phone: (386)329-4347, by visiting the District’s website: www.floridaswater.com or via The District Clerk, (386)329-4500.

     

    The Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC)Monthly Meeting announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: October 4, 2012, 9:00 a.m.

    PLACE: SFWMD, Building B-1, Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: A Public Meeting of the Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) regarding water resources protection, water supply and flood protection issues. The public is advised that it is possible that one or more members of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District may attend and participate in this meeting.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Paul Millar, (561)682-6335 or pmillar@sfwmd.gov or at our website: http://my.sfwmd.gov/wrac.gov.

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support announces a telephone conference call to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    PLACE: Conference Call: 1(888)670-3525, Conference Code: 7593387652#
    Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/421462626

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council Monitoring Catalog Workgroup to discuss the next steps for the monitoring catalog effort.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    PLACE: South Florida Water Management District, Headquarters, Storch Conference Room, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; The meeting can also be accessed via Conference Call: 1(888)670-3525; Code: 7593387652#; Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/477962850

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Statewide Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council (FWRMC) to discuss the workgroups’ tasks: coordinate a groundwater salinity network, develop a statewide catalog of existing monitoring efforts, develop a coastal monitoring network, and coordinate Regional Councils to increase opportunities for local monitoring entities’ to participate in the FWRMC.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

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