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State of the Port Briefing Spotlights Strength and Growth
The third annual State of the Port Community Briefing drew a capacity crowd on May 21. More than 300 people attended the breakfast meeting at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront.
SOTP Crowd
After a video review of the many changes at Port Canaveral during his tenure, CEO Stan Payne outlined the Port's current status. Financially, the Port is strong and solid. Its powerful cruise business continues to grow, although realistically, the pace of this growth almost certainly will moderate. Cargo has ample room for growth and the Port is analyzing partnerships, international developments, industry trends and new capabilities to find fresh, convincing motivations for cargo to come here. For the major Cove redevelopment project, the timing is proving to be perfect for catalyzing commercial development in a cautiously optimistic economy.

Biznotes June StanPayne stressed the reasons for the Port, as a governmental body, to focus on its bottom line: to be independent of unpredictable state and federal grant money; to keep the Port permanently off the tax rolls; and to be able to seize timely opportunities and translate them into local jobs.

The CEO talked forthrightly about the relationship of national and international affairs to the Port's success and described a long pipeline of future plans and dreams. "I want to be able to say 'If you thought this year was great, wait until next year' for many years to come."

For additional details, including a VIDEO of the State of the Port Community Briefing, connect to our electronic magazine and see article on pages 6 and 7.
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Biznotes June Welcome Center
High-Powered Design Team Amps Ups Welcome Center's "Wow"
An important role of the new Welcome Center will be to attract more visitors to the Space Coast and all its attractions. To strengthen the Center as a visitor magnet, British firm Haley Sharpe Design has been chosen to plan the exhibits that will occupy about 5,500 square feet of the seven-story building. Haley Sharpe has created displays for well-known attractions around the world including the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Haley Sharpe impressed the audience with their conceptual presentation before the Board. Displays will escort visitors through 12,000 years of area history and take full advantage of advanced technologies that are transforming today's museums into 3D interactive adventures.

Sponsorships will be solicited to help fund the exhibits and enable individuals, businesses and community groups to become involved with the Welcome Center. See the VIDEO of Haley Sharpe's presentation at the May Commission meeting.
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Biznotes June Bertram
Boat Builder Brings In Jobs and Business Opportunities
Bertram Yacht announced its relocation from Miami to larger headquarters and manufacturing facilities on Port property in the former Sea Ray complex on the Canaveral Barge Canal. Bertram chose the Port site over more than 30 other sites from Virginia to Florida to make its 50- to 80-foot, multi-million-dollar deep-sea sport fishing boats.

Bertram plans to employ 221 people within two years, up from its current 125-person workforce. Several of Bertram's Miami suppliers are planning to open nearby facilities, and business from Bertram is expected to lead to expansion for local equipment and service suppliers. Vectorworks, which is sub-leasing the former Sea Ray facility to Bertram, is building its own adjacent facility and employing 35 to 40 people to manufacture parts for Bertram boats.
 
The Economic Development Commission predicts 197 local spinoff jobs will be created by Bertram's move, with a total annual payroll of $18.4 million. The total annual economic impact is likely to be more than $26.3 million, including business for local hotels, restaurants and retailers from customers who visit the factory to oversee the progress of their customized yachts.
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Biznotes June EDC tourRed Carpet Rolls
For EDC Executive Board

As part of the initiative to strengthen ties between Brevard County's most active business attractors, Port Canaveral and the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast (EDC), the Port Authority scheduled three in-depth briefings and Port tours for EDC personnel.
 
In April, CEO Stan Payne welcomed the EDC Executive Board in the Maritime Center Commission Room and gave them an overview of Port activity that covered the thriving cruise business, partnership with Seaport Canaveral, new cargo facilities and plans, ground-breaking police department and Cove Redevelopment. Commissioner Frank Sullivan spoke about the Port's financial strength and Port Deputy Executive Director of Infrastructure John Walsh reviewed the $135 million of construction projects currently under way. John Clarke of Skanska gave a full presentation on Cove Redevelopment plans.
 
A tour followed, including a visit to the Cruise Terminal 6 construction site, where representatives of the design-build team gave details about the new state-of-the-industry facility. See VIDEO comment by EDC Executive Board Member Paul Hanson.

Two more briefings will follow, one in June for the EDC staff and one in August for the entire EDC Board.
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