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Bodine Honored by Florida Economic Development

June 5, 2018


Bodine Honored by the Florida Economic Development Council 


The Florida Economic Development Council, hosted the 2018 Florida Economic Development Conference, May 21-23, 2018, at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott in Fort Myers, Florida.  During the conference they recognized Mrs. Kim Bodine, Executive Director of CareerSource Gulf Coast as the 2018 recipient of the Toni Jennings Workforce Professional of the Year award.   

      The Toni Jennings Workforce Professional of the Year award is given annually in recognition of the achievements of an outstanding workforce developer within the state of Florida. The award was first presented in 2007 to honor and recognize the former Lieutenant Governor's exceptional leadership in revamping Florida's workforce system to respond to critical workforce needs and to advance local, regional, and state economic development.

      Mrs. Bodine has 22 years of experience in workforce development and oversees  the  administration  of  45  funding  streams  and  programs  with  annual  budgets  of  up  to  $13  million.  Throughout  her  tenure,  Kim  has  been  instrumental  in  launching  numerous  workforce  development  projects  that assisted  underserved  populations  such  as  youth,  veterans,  dislocated  workers,  and  people  with  disabilities.  Kim has helped  more  than  25,000  individuals  complete  in-demand  training  and  has been instrumental in thousands  upon  thousands  being  placed  into  high-paying  careers. Kim is instrumental in the establishment and management of Alignment Bay County, a program aligning community organizations and resources so that their coordinated support of Bay County’s youth has a positive impact on public school success, children’s health, and the success of our community as a whole.

      Mrs. Bodine currently serves as chair of the Florida Workforce Development Association, leading CareerSource counterparts across the state.  Because economic development plays a vital role in what workforce development programs should be offered, she serves in many active roles in the community.  Florida’s Great Northwest, the Bay County Economic Development Alliance, the Northwest Florida Manufacturing Council, the UF/IFAS Bay County Extension Advisory Board, the Restore Council of Bay County, and the Juvenile Justice Circuit 14 Advisory Board.


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