Did You Know Florida is Considered a Leader in Innovation?

By: Melissa Roberts

Florida was recently named an Innovation Leader by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), producer of the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Florida earned high marks in the areas of right to work, tax friendliness, entrepreneurial activity and innovation momentum and lower marks in the areas of technology workforce, investment attraction and STEM degree graduates.

The same opportunities for improvement will be discussed in a joint report issued by the Florida Chamber Foundation and Florida Research Consortium. “Blueprint for Florida’s Innovation Economy” will focus on diversifying industries and developing a stronger innovation economy through growing high-tech, high-wage jobs; increasing investment capital for new and emerging businesses; and training and retaining Florida university graduates in STEM fields.

“In the future, Floridians have tremendous potential to improve the economy of our great state by nurturing historic drivers like tourism, agriculture and construction and by enhancing our focus on the drivers of technology, knowledge and innovation,” said Randy Berridge, President of the Florida High Tech Corridor. “To achieve success in both segments, Florida leaders need to concentrate on attracting, retaining and growing talent.”