Space Coast Economic Development Commission Launches Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone
Space Coast MSEEZ was created to address military spouse unemployment and underemployment
Florida’s Space Coast Economic Development Commission collaborates with US Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Space Coast Economic Development Commission (EDC) in conjunction with the US Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes launched the Space Coast Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ) at an April 22 event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex.
The Space Coast MSEEZ was created to address military spouse unemployment and underemployment and connect this talented group with career opportunities.
“Florida’s Space Coast has long prioritized the well-being of military families because it is the right thing to do. In the case of military spouses, there is also a significant economic development component,” said said Lynda L. Weatherman, president and CEO of Florida’s Space Coast Economic Development Commission.
“The military brings these talented people to our community, and we want to use those talents to help grow our economy.”
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Created to connect military spouses with companies committed to hiring and help address military spouse employment issues head-on, the Space Coast MSEEZ Task Force will bring together businesses, community partners and organizations nonprofit to identify opportunities as well as barriers to entry for military spouses. looking for meaningful employment in Brevard County.
Led by Julia Williford of Leonardo DRS, The Space Coast MSEEZ will become the nation’s 22nd task force since 2018, and only Florida State’s second.
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“Hiring Our Heroes recognizes that military spouses in different states and regions face different barriers; With this local approach, workgroups can develop tailored solutions,” said Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“The creation of Space Coast MSEEZ will make it easier for military spouses to transition into our local workforce and get them started working faster once they move to the area.”
“Military spouses are a tremendous addition to the Space Coast’s personnel needs and bring diverse, dedicated, and comprehensive expertise that employers seek,” said Florida State Senator Tom A. Wright, chairman of the Military and Veterans Affairs, Space and Homeland Security Committee.
To learn more about MSEEZ or share a vacancy with Space Coast visit MSEEZ HiringOurHeroes.org/Employers/MSEEZ/
Florida’s Space Coast Economic Development Commission (EDC) is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and growing existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing changes in government laws and regulations affecting the economic development, to promote the Space Coast to encourage new investment, to support the efforts of Space Coast military installations, and to relay new programs and procedures to help manufacturing and high-tech companies.
EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast.
To visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org.