LEAD Brevard’s 2019 Leadership Awards

LEAD Brevard has announced the 2019 “Top 12” 4 Under 40 Finalists who are featured during the Leadership Awards event. The final 4 Under 40 recipients will be revealed Friday, Feb. 8, at the Space Coast Convention Center, (Holiday Inn Express & Suites)—301 Tucker Lane in Cocoa—beginning at 6 p.m. 

LEAD Brevard was founded in 1985. It manages several leadership programs and oversees community initiatives that help to achieve its mission of “working together to strengthen our community by inspiring people to lead.”

Early-bird tickets for individual seats and reserved tables for LEAD Brevard’s signature fundraiser are available for purchase at LEADBrevard.org or by calling 321.632.8222.

Junior Achievement Business Blastoff Challenge Awards Finalists

Junior Achievement of the Space Coast will be holding its Business Blastoff Challenge finals on Feb. 19 at the Cocoa Village Playhouse from 7-9 p.m. 

Dubbed “Brevard’s Own Teen Shark Tank,” no other program captures the entrepreneurial spirit more than the JA Business Blastoff Challenge, a collaboration with WeVenture. Going into its seventh year, the Challenge awards teams of young entrepreneurial Brevard high school students with FIT scholarships, media interviews in Florida Today and Space Coast Business Magazine, cash prizes and the opportunity to work with some of Brevard’s premier business and community leaders. The event is free and open to the public. 321.777.0982, JASpaceCoast.org/events/events-entrepreneurial

Sea Turtle Preservation Society – New Marketing & Public Relations

The Sea Turtle Preservation Society recently announced the creation of a new marketing and public relations team. Educating the public about sea turtles is one of the main missions of STPS. 

“Please join me in welcoming this new team to meet the public relations and marketing needs of our organization,” said Dave Cheney, STPS Board of Director of Marketing Public Relations.

Led by Eric Needle, who runs Longbow.net, a marketing agency based in Melbourne, joining the team is Bill Sokolic, a seasoned journalist; Sheila Harnois, a writer and STPS media coordinator; and Ryan Needle, a copywriter for Longbow.net and editor for GreenBrevard.

For more information on the announcement, visit SeaTurtleSpaceCoast.org.

Harris Corporation Plans $125 Million R&D Investment in Florida

Harris Corporation announced plans to invest more than $125 million in internal research and development in Florida this fiscal year, bolstering high-paying jobs and the company’s innovation leadership in the state.

Florida-based R&D activities primarily will take place at the company’s Central Florida locations and focus on areas such as electronic warfare, robotics, avionics and smallsats. The region will receive more than a third of the company’s overall $300 million-plus annual internal R&D budget.

The internal R&D will support the company’s nearly 7,000 employment base in Florida, including more than 3,300 engineers and scientists, as well as generate new high-paying positions. The company pays an average salary of $95,000 in Florida and has about 375 openings in the state, primarily in engineering.