EVOLVE Business and Professional Magazine May 2019 - Page 29

and 2018, respectively, collectively preventing nearly 7 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually while saving customers tens of millions of dollars in fuel and operating costs. Our economic development office, through our PoweringFlorida® website and team, work across our state to leverage worldwide relationships to attract new businesses and help existing businesses expand. And we have achieved great results since the office’s inception in 2011. In addition to successfully establishing more than 170 businesses in Florida, we have a robust pipeline of businesses that may locate here in the future. And overall those companies we supported are in the process of creating nearly 30,000 jobs. As we look to differentiate Florida from a global competition around site location, our office of economic development recognizes that sustainability and sustainable technologies are becoming an even bigger economic development driver. As a first step to telling Florida’s unique story regarding sustainability, we created a one-of-a-kind inventory of sustainable assets in Florida to attract the sustainably minded businesses. Right here in Volusia County, the community has a sustainability action plan and a manatee protection plan. And there’s room for more. At the state level, Florida is No. 2 in the nation for the most electric vehicles owned and also No. 2 in the nation for publicly available charging stations. All these assets can help attract businesses worldwide that care about corporate sustainability to grow in Florida. This issue is also important to today’s workforce. As we all compete for talent, stressing sustainable programs to current and future residents is powerful. And, there is tremendous potential for Volusia County to build on this momentum and capture investment by companies that care about sustainability. FPL’s office of economic development is excited to partner with you to make this happen. From ensuring available property is listed on PoweringFlorida.com, to participating in events and marketing efforts, to talking collaboratively about this sector and how this type of investment might complement Volusia County’s current corporate environment, FPL stands ready to support your future economic success. Crystal Stiles is the Director of Economic Development for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and has more than a decade-long career in economic development. Crystal currently serves as chair for the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC), as a board member for the Florida delegation of the Southeast U.S./Japan Association (SEUS/Japan) and the Utility Economic Development Association (UEDA), and serves as board chair for United Way of Martin County. Under Crystal’s leadership, FPL was named for the first time as one of “The Best Utilities in Economic Development in the Southeast” by Southern Business & Development Magazine. In 2017, Crystal received national honors as one of Development Counsellors International (DCI)’s 40 under 40 in economic development. Most recently, she was selected to Leadership Florida’s Cornerstone Class XXXVII and appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Aerospace Alliance. MAY 2019 | 29 |