For a dozen years, Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) has been bringing its German office senior officials to Florida, but this year marked the rst time their itinerary included a visit to Volusia County.
"This is something of a breakthrough for us," said TVEDC's Keith Norden. "While we work with the German nationals who lead Enterprise Florida's offices in Munich and Frankfurt, having them spend time here and meet our partners strengthens our relationship and elevates Volusia County's prole in Germany."
Michael Haas, Director of Enterprise Florida Germany and Deputy Director, Alexander Bothmann, were escorted to Volusia County by Paul Mitchell, Director of Aviation/Aerospace & Defense Trade Promotion for Enterprise Florida.
Their time in Volusia County included a welcome and overview of the county at the International Motorsports Center and a visit to Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB). At DAB, the county's aviation and aerospace opportunities were discussed and the EFI officials met with Dr. Kent Sharples, President of the CEO Business Alliance; Rick Karl, Director of DAB and Volusia County Department of Aviation and Economic Resources; and Rob Ehrhardt, Director of Volusia County's Economic Development Division.
The group also visited Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's MicaPlex and enjoyed presentations by ERAU's Vice President/Administration Rodney Cruise and Dr. Stephanie Miller, Director/Technology Transfer and Commercialization.