Diversifying Florida’s Economy

By: Carolyn Johnson

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Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created nearly one million private-sector jobs.

Although more than 98 percent of all jobs in Florida are created by businesses that didn’t receive incentives, the fact is that several states and nations are targeting the same high-wage industries Florida is targeting. In order to continue to diversify our economy, the Florida Chamber will continue to support Enterprise Florida’s (EFI) efforts to attract competitive new projects within and to our state.

  • Florida’s Economic Toolkit
    Florida’s economic toolkit funds all competitive incentives and is used to attract and retain businesses in Florida in several high-wage, high-skilled industries. These incentives provide Florida a competitive advantage when targeting businesses growth in Florida, or preventing existing businesses from leaving our state. Now is the time to ask the Florida Legislature to fully fund Florida’s economic development toolkit to keep Florida competitive.
  • Diversifying Florida’s Economy
    The Florida Chamber supports the $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund and other improvements to EFI, which will ensure we continue to diversify and improve Florida’s business climate.
  • Growing and Attracting Targeted Industries
    We believe growing and attracting Florida’s targeted industries, as well as capital investments, will help create high-wage, high-skill jobs.
  • Championing Rural Business Opportunities
    Creating more opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs in rural Florida paves the way for more economic diversity and job growth.

Florida continues to move in the right direction by growing private-sector jobs, expanding new industries and strengthening international trade and logistics relationships. But our work is far from over. The Florida Chamber believes a globally competitive business climate helps businesses and families succeed.

When we stay the course of creating a diverse and globally competitive economy, Florida wins. Join our fight to secure Florida’s future.