Innovation & Economic Development

Too often relegated to the academic realms of research institutions, innovation must be every Floridian’s business. Competitiveness and prosperity in the 21st century will be based on technology, knowledge and innovation. Transforming our existing business base is the key to retention and expansion. Economic development tied to innovation requires a comprehensive understanding of what is necessary and prudent to incentivize business growth. Demands for return on investment have never been greater. Legacy industries contend with pressure from the creative destruction witnessed as new industries emerge. A fluid view of the role of innovation and economic development is paramount.

Areas of focus for the Innovation & Economic Development Pillar include:
  • Innovation
  • Commercialization
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Global Trade
  • Economic Development
Legislative issues related to the Innovation & Economic Development Pillar include:

To track the progress and regress on key issues within the Innovation & Economic Development Pillar, visit The Florida Scorecard.

Strategic Plan

The Innovation & Economic Development Caucus is charged with developing goals, strategies and tactics within the areas of Innovation, Commercialization, Entrepreneurism, Global Trade and Economic Development for the first-ever, statewide strategic plan for the State of Florida. The latest iteration of the Six Pillars 20-year Strategic Plan and the work of the Innovation & Economic Development Caucus can be viewed here.

To become involved in the visionary discussions related to this Pillar via the Six Pillars Caucus System collaborative website, e-mail for an invitation.

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