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The online database, Connex Florida, started as a disaster risk mitigation effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and is proving to be a critical tool to streamline connections between Florida manufacturers and businesses in need of their products during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are proud of our partnership with AIF and Space Florida on the Connex Florida database. It is imperative that we have a functioning industrial base as we respond to the COVID-19 emergency, including innovative solutions to help our supply chain here in Florida and across the nation,” said FloridaMakes CEO Kevin Carr. “Together, all three organizations represent a cross-section of manufacturers of all sizes across the state for which this tool is tailored for and will meet their needs by collecting their capabilities and capacities to efficiently connect them to businesses in need of their supplies.”
In Florida, manufacturers are identified as essential critical infrastructure who bear a unique responsibility during a crisis to continue operations that, in turn, contribute to overall sustainability of Florida’s communities. As such, AIF, Space Florida and FloridaMakes have begun compiling a database on industrial assets, capabilities and capacities that can be drawn upon at this time of critical demand.
Connex Florida is a statewide manufacturing supply chain, workforce and R&D connection solution offered free of charge to manufacturers, educational institutions, and those performing manufacturing R&D in Florida. To request access to the platform visit: Florida.MfgConnex.com or for more information please visit FloridaMakes.com/SupplyChain or contact Connex@FloridaMakes.com.