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Dear Team Volusia Investors and Community Partners:
Suddenly, it’s the fourth quarter of 2020 and like everything else this year, I find it hard to believe! Despite the chaos and disruption that manifested itself in the second quarter of the year, Team Volusia staff never broke stride. In this newsletter, we take a look back on the third quarter activity in digest form. We hope that you will be able to join us at our next in-person Board meeting on October 16th at the Brannon Civic Center in New Smyrna Beach. Please take a moment to read the newsletter for updates on new and renewing investors, projects, site readiness program, outreach initiatives and upcoming events.
Meanwhile, here are a few bullet points to tee up the rest of the news:
Uptick. COVID-19 disruptions notwithstanding, we have continued to handle project inquiries, virtual and in-person site visits, which have amazingly increased since March of this year!
New normal. Like everyone else throughout the country and abroad, travel and in-person meetings were cancelled and/or postponed until later in the year or 2021. Staff quickly adjusted to the “new normal” and participated remotely in regional, state, and national workshops and seminars. In addition, Team Volusia quickly adapted and held virtual Board and committee meetings, as well as site visits for domestic and international prospects.
Another first. On August 28th, Team Volusia held its first-ever hybrid Board meeting at The Center at Deltona, catered by Joe Hearn Events. There were 58 attendees along with 40 people participating virtually via Zoom. We applaud The Center at Deltona and Joe Hearn Events for ensuring a safe, social distanced, face-to-face meeting.
Work in progress. At this time, Team Volusia is starting to plan its 2021 annual meeting. Due to venue restrictions and the uncertainty of the virus, staff is in the process of identifying a safe and appropriate meeting space. The annual meeting will take place within the first quarter of 2021. We will keep everyone posted and make sure our guests have plenty of notice.
Livability. The second edition of Daytona Region/Volusia County Livability magazine is in production. It is an important element of our marketing library used as a talent recruitment publication that chronicles in detail Volusia County’s extraordinary quality of life. A special thanks to our investors and other advertisers who participated to make this publication possible.
Thank you for your continued support during these unusual times. We hope that you continue to stay safe and well.
Keith A. Norden, CEcD
President & CEO