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Few states can match the scale and scope of Florida’s industry assets. The state’s competitive costs, large talent pool, comprehensive infrastructure, global connectivity and huge market have supported the growth of a robust economy, with particular strength in the following key areas.

Aviation & Aerospace

2nd in aviation and aerospace establishments

$7.6 billion in exports annually by aviation and aerospace businesses

Florida has long been the world’s premier gateway to space, undisputed air traffic hub for the Western Hemisphere, a major center for flight training and MRO and home to manufacturing of aircraft and aviation/aerospace components.

Financial & Professional Services

3rd largest insurance industry in the U.S.

4th largest financial services industry in the U.S.

Florida’s diversifed economic structure has enabled it to be a global player in the provision of high value-added services in architecture, accounting, consulting, engineering and more.

Information Technology

1st high-tech employment in the Southeast

3rd most fiber miles among states (61,000+)

Florida has remained at the forefront of IT innovation since the birth of the IBM PC in Boca Raton. Today, Florida boasts the nation’s third largest tech industry. The state’s IT strengths are wide ranging — from software to photonics to modeling, simulation and training.

Osprey Biotechnics is happy to call Florida home. We are fortunate to have all of the necessary elements to continue to grow our business in a place we lovingly call paradise.

Lauren Danielson
CEO & President, Osprey Biotechnics


Defense & Homeland Security

2nd state for space and defense systems manufacturing

5th state for Department of Defense contract awards

Florida is home to one of the nation’s largest defense and homeland security industries, and few states can even come close to matching the scale and scope of its network of major contractors and suppliers. From satellites to encryption technologies, Florida companies are at the leading edge of all major military and government markets.

Life Sciences

2nd largest medical device manufacturing industry in the U.S.

2nd largest pharmaceuticals manufacturing industry

5th largest biotech R&D industry in the U.S.

Innovation is written into Florida’s DNA, and as a result, cutting-edge breakthroughs in medical treatment, pharmaceutical development and biotech research thrive here.

Logistics & Distribution

1st for air cargo with Latin America and the Caribbean

2nd largest Foreign Trade Zone network in the U.S.

3rd largest cluster of logistics and distribution establishments in the U.S.

As a leading international trade center, Florida excels at getting people, products and services anywhere — fast. Most key global shipping lines and airline alliances (including specialized cargo operators), 3PLs and VALs have a presence in Florida.

Florida is a great place to do business from every perspective: a strong pro-business environment, a skilled workforce and an important mix of industrial capabilities to run a global operation.

Marco Túlio Pellegrini
President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets

Corporate Headquarters

1st best tax climate in the Southeast

4th best tax climate nationwide

2nd best state for business

0% personal income tax

A low corporate tax burden, no personal income tax and modern infrastructure provide the perfect climate for business.

When we decided to expand our company, we had many options — but, we liked what Florida had to offer. Florida is a business friendly state with a superior workforce and quality of life that cannot be matched. We are excited to expand and grow in the Sunshine State.

Sara and Tim Hale
Co-founders and Managing Partners, Coastal Cloud, LLC


3rd best state for future job growth through 2019

3rd best state for workforce diversity

Florida’s manufacturers produce a wide variety of goods including aerospace products, batteries, food and beverages, communications equipment, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, boats and more.

Clean Technology

3rd fastest-growing solar state

Floridians understand the undeniable link between sustainability and the economy and are harnessing innovation and the state’s strong entrepreneurial spirit to build one of the nation’s leading clean technology hubs.