A Word from the Publisher
In the nearly 20 years since we began this publication, Florida has grown mightily in population and business sophistication.
Today’s Florida pairs one of the world’s largest economies with an exceptional quality of life. Not only is our state a center for international trade, it’s the home of great universities, healthcare and IT innovators, advanced manufacturers and the corporate offices of some of the world’s most recognized brands.
In the past year alone, Florida has welcomed expansions from Verizon, Northrup Grumman, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pratt & Whitney and, of course, Hertz, which, in May 2013, announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters here. All of this activity points to one unequivocal fact: Florida’s increased emphasis on business development and job creation has taken hold. Business Florida tells the story.
At BusinessFlorida.com, we cut right to the chase — highlighting the six reasons why Florida is a great place to do business. In "Targeted Industry Sectors," we introduce you to companies representing the high-impact industries we’re welcoming to Florida and let their CEOs tell you why they expanded here. And in "Regions," we describe the unique assets each of Florida’s eight geographic regions has to offer and the businesses they’re attracting as a result.
Rounding out this exceptional lineup is "Research Florida," a special report focusing on cutting-edge discoveries occurring daily on university campuses and at private research institutes across the state.
Business Florida 2014 is truly a testament to Florida’s economic strength. I encourage you to read about the opportunities available in the Sunshine State and to seriously consider joining our dynamic business environment. We’re waiting to hear you say "Yes!" to Florida too.