Photo: Michael SpooneybargerGovernor Rick Scott with Gray Swoope, Secretary of Commerce
Business Florida 2014 - Welcome message
Join Us! We can help you succeed in Florida
The American Dream Is Working in Florida
Every year, millions of people visit the Sunshine State to enjoy our beautiful beaches and warm weather and to meet our incredible people. This year, visitors will want to stay in Florida for more than our great beaches.
In the four years before we took office, Florida lost more than 832,000 jobs. Unemployment had more than tripled, and the state debt increased by $5.2 billion. Our housing market collapsed, our economy was off track and many families were hurting.
But, thanks to the policies we put in place over the last two years, we have turned our economy around. Florida is back on track, and Florida’s economic turnaround is getting national attention. Our statewide unemployment rate is now 7.1, lower than the national average.
According to a recent Moody’s Investors Service report, Florida’s 2013 employment growth is expected to surpass the national rate through 2017. We have now created more than 369,000 private sector jobs since December 2010 — and we have passed the halfway point to our goal of creating 700,000 jobs in seven years.
Working with the legislature, we recently approved two major economic advantages for our state: the elimination of the sales tax on manufacturing equipment and providing a pay raise for Florida’s hard-working teachers.
Investing in education and supporting job creation are providing Floridians with the opportunities to live their version of the American Dream in the Sunshine State. It’s working in Florida. Please come visit soon and see how great a place Florida is to call home.
Rick Scott, Governor
Chairman, Enterprise Florida Inc.
We Can Help You Succeed
Florida is a super-state for business. Companies from around the country and the world are relocating and expanding in Florida … and for good reasons. They have seen that Florida can provide competitive advantages that can help them succeed. We can do it for your company too!
Just say “Yes” to Florida!
- Say Yes to No Personal Income Tax! Florida’s zero percent personal income tax makes it easier for you to grow your company or build the business of your dreams. More money in your pocket means more flexibility to spend on yourself, your family or your business.
- Say Yes to Streamlined Processes! Florida has also cut business taxes by more than $1 billion and eliminated more than 2,600 costly and outdated regulations since Governor Scott took office. In addition, expedited permitting and regulatory assistance is available in our state agencies.
- Say Yes to a Talented Workforce! Florida’s workforce is ranked among the top 4 by CNBC. We are a right-to-work state filled with educated and skilled workers who want to work.
- Say Yes to a Top Ranked Infrastructure! Florida has one of the world’s most extensive multimodal transportation systems, featuring 19 commercial service airports, 15 deepwater ports, extensive highway and rail networks and multiple hubs that allow for high-speed data transmission from around the U.S. to Europe, Latin America and Africa.
Enterprise Florida Inc.is a public-private partnership serving as Florida’s primary organization devoted to statewide economic development.
Contact us for confidential business location and expansion assistance.
As part of our economic development efforts, Florida also offers a range of targeted programs that can compete with any state in the nation. These incentives combined with our key strengths make Florida the ideal location for you and your business.
In Florida, we know that businesses create jobs, invest in the community and generate economic growth. We want to thank you for considering Florida for your future. We know that you will find that Florida is “The Perfect Climate For Business.”
We invite you to join us in this endeavor.
Secretary of Commerce
President and CEO, Enterprise Florida Inc.
Next page: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Workforce Florida Inc.