Given awards for business innovation
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Brevard County proved to be a leading county for innovative businesses in Florida, as three representatives from the county took home 2012 Governor's Innovators in Business awards at the Governor's mansion in Tallahassee on Monday, Dec. 10.
Embraer, AAR Airlift Group and local business leader Travis Proctor were each recognized with the Governor's Innovators in Business award, which recognizes businesses that contribute to improving Florida's economy and community investment efforts, the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast said in a press release.
Mr. Proctor is the CEO of ndtArtemis, a Brevard-based information technology company.
Each of the three were recognized in different categories during the ceremony: Embraer Executive Aircraft Inc. was awarded the Governor's Business Expansion Award; AAR Airlift Group Inc. was awarded the Governor's Newcomer Award; and ndtArtemis CEO Travis Proctor was recognized as an innovator under 40.
The Florida Innovators Under 40 Award is a newly added recognition. The award is based on job-creation records, business achievements and community involvement.
Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, said the awards highlight Brevard County's excellence in business.
"We are pleased any time Space Coast businesses and business leaders receive state, national or international recognition because those moments in the spotlight bring additional attention to the attributes the Economic Development Commission and our coalition partners have worked to strengthen," she said in an email. "Whether it's our skilled workforce, pro-business government or outstanding quality of life, the Space Coast is a dynamic place to do business and a place that is deserving of its rising profile in the U.S. and beyond."
Since 2005, Brevard County has had 10 businesses and business individuals receive recognition from the Governor, the Economic Commission said.
In a press release, Gov. Rick Scott said the state of Florida's economy is because of the innovative businesses that this award recognizes.
"We are so happy and proud to announce another fantastic group of award winners," Gov. Scott said. "When you see the accomplishments made by these organizations over the last year, it's no wonder that our economy is growing and unemployment is dropping. These companies are driving our continued recovery."
Embraer opened its assembly facility and customer service center in Melbourne in 2011. The company's new Engineering and Technology center is scheduled to open in 2014, and it is projected to create 200 jobs.
AAR Airlfit Group, an Economic Development Commission investor in Palm Bay with facilities located at the Melbourne International Airport, provides airlift and specialized aircraft modification for the government and defense customers.
In February, netDirective Technologies and Artemis International Technologies merged to form ndtArtemis, combining to the two IT service providers.