Cultivating Innovation

Next to beaches and tourism, Florida is known for its agriculture. What most people don’t realize is that Florida’s new bumper crop is Innovation Excellence and it is being harvested through what is known as economic gardening.

Economic gardening is cultivation of entrepreneurial skills and support that is taking place in Florida through organizations such as: GrowFL and the Edward Lowe Foundation. Last night these two entities celebrated and recognized 50 Florida Companies to Watch at the 2012 Gala at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.

I was not only honored to represent the firm I work for, Moore Communications Group as one of honorees, I was enthused and inspired by the people I met and the stories I heard about growing innovation in Florida. We are surrounded by the support of organizations like the Tallahassee/Leon County Economic Development Council and the Florida Economic Development Council.

Success sounds good, but to appreciate what these 50 companies have accomplished, you have to hear the compelling stories that many of them have to tell about their journey to achieve Innovation Excellence. These entrepreneurs made the most of their respective fields in which they were planted, weather conditions and got their harvest to market.

Today beyond the beautiful award and recognition, I am elevated and inspired to know there are organizations far beyond the walls I work within that look to see every Florida entrepreneur is given the opportunity to cultivate excellence through economic gardening. The harvest is just a part of the process.

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