Thanks To You, We Can Continue to Grow Jobs

Thanks to the support of businesses, local governments and chambers of commerce that supported the Florida Chamber’s “Market Florida” initiative, $10 million for FY 2015-2016 and $8.5 million for FY 2016-2017 have been appropriated by the Florida Legislature to market Florida’s business climate outside of our state’s borders.

Please read the letter from Joe Hice, Chief Marketing Officer at Enterprise Florida, to learn how the Market Florida initiative has been successful.

 

Learn More About Market Florida:

Sign up for the Florida Chamber’s Market Florida effort or contact Carolyn Johnson for more information.

Urge Rep. Corcoran and Sen. Lee to “Market Florida”

Budget negotiations between the Florida House and Senate are winding down. The budget debate now lies in the hands of Rep. Richard Corcoran (R-Lutz) and Sen. Tom  Lee (R-Brandon).

We need your help contacting Rep. Corcoran and Sen. Lee urging them to support the “Market Florida” effort (more information below). Please click the “Take Action Now” button to send these two lawmakers a message in less than a minute.

Important Facts You Need to Know About The “Market Florida” Campaign:

  •  Did you know Florida has the 2nd best business climate in the nation? If we don’t tell people, how will anybody know?
  • The initial proposals from both the House and Senate during the regular legislative session only funded the “Market Florida” effort by 25 percent – or less in the House budget – of our recommended investment.
  • 38 organizations, including chambers of commerce, economic development groups, private-sector businesses and local governments have signed our Market Florida resolution.
  • We can’t afford to have Florida be America’s “best kept secret”— but we need your help to change that!

Take Action Now

Click the “take action now” button to send an email to key legislators in your area. Encourage them to support the “Market Florida” initiative. This will only take a minute.

 

Urge Key Legislators to Support Florida’s Economic Development Programs

“Your opinion matters…it’s important your elected officials hear from you now, more than ever.”

–  David Hart, Florida Chamber Executive Vice President

The Florida Legislature is poised to start finalizing the budget as early as tomorrow morning. Contact these six key legislators to advocate your support for Florida’s economic development programs. This includes fully funding the economic development toolkit, funding $20 million to market Florida’s business climate across the country, and $1 million for international business start-up programs.

Florida’s Economic Toolkit

The 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 include the Quick Action Closing Fund, the Capital Investment Tax Credit, the Brownfields Tax Credit, and others.

Why Does It Matter?

These incentives give Florida a competitive advantage when targeting businesses to our state, 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.

Marketing Florida’s Business Climate

Florida currently spends $0 telling Florida’s success story to businesses in other states, while California spends $50 million and New York is in the middle of a $200 million ad campaign. Now is the ideal time to urge key lawmakers in your region to invest $20 million to “Market Florida.”

Why Does It Matter?

Growing Florida’s economy means attracting innovate and diverse businesses to Florida- which helps create jobs and opportunities.

Enterprise Florida’s International Program

EFI’s international program helps small and medium-sized businesses enter or expand into the international market through training and grants. At the conclusion of the regular session, the Florida House had increased EFI’s international program by $1 million. The Florida Chamber needs your help to request the Florida Senate match the House’s budget.

Why Does It Matter?

Two out of three businesses in Florida are small businesses and out of the more than 60,000 Florida exporters, 95 percent are small to mid-sized businesses.

Take Action Now

Contact these key legislators and advocate your support for Florida’s economic development programs.

 

Encourage the Florida House to “Market Florida”

As the budget conversation continues at the Florida Capitol, one thing is clear – the Florida House hasn’t heard from enough people that marketing our state’s business climate outside of Florida’s borders is important. The Florida Chamber is leading the effort to ask the Florida Legislature to invest a minimum of $20 million annually to market Florida’s business climate in other states.

Florida currently spends $0 telling Florida’s success story to businesses in other states in an effort to increase job creation in the Sunshine State. California spends $50 million in this area and New York is in the middle of a $200 million ad campaign. In their latest budget proposal, the Florida House recommends continuing to spend $0 to market our state’s business climate.

We can’t afford to have Florida be America’s “best kept secret”— but we need your help to change that! Click the “take action now” button to send an email to Florida House members. Encourage them to support the “Market Florida” initiative.

Florida’s business climate is continually ranked as the best for business. According to a report, Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing, Florida ranks second in the nation for having the best business climate, a ranking Chief Executive Magazine echoed in 2014. But what good are the rankings if we don’t tell anyone about them? That’s why we need your help urging the Florida House to fund the Market Florida initiative, which asks for $20 million per year in funding to tell the positive Florida business climate story to audiences outside of our state’s borders that are looking to invest in Florida or relocate their business.

 

Send Florida House members an email asking them to market Florida’s business climate.

Encourage Legislators to “Market Florida”

On Wednesday, April 1, the House and Senate will begin finalizing Florida’s budget. The Florida Chamber is leading the effort to encourage the Florida Legislature to invest a minimum of $20 million annually to market Florida’s business climate in other states. Florida currently spends $0 telling Florida’s success story to businesses in other states in an effort to increase job creation in the Sunshine State. California spends $50 million in this area and New York is in the middle of a $200 million ad campaign.

The initial proposals from both the House and Senate show an initial offering to fund 25 percent – or less in the House budget – of the recommended investment.

We can’t afford to have Florida be America’s “best kept secret”— but we need your help to change that! Click the “take action now” button to send an email to key legislators in your area. Tell them to support the “Market Florida” initiative.

After taking a few seconds to send an email to legislators, learn more about how Florida is heading in the right direction by reading the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Did You Know.

Send legislators in your area an email asking them to market Florida’s business climate.

Help Market Florida’s Business Climate

On Wednesday, March 25, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will take up Florida’s budget. The Florida Chamber is leading the effort to ask the Florida Legislature to invest a minimum of $20 million annually to market Florida’s business climate in other states. The Florida Senate has already committed $5 million in their initial budget offering, but the House has committed $0. Both amounts fall short of the funding needed to successfully market Florida’s business climate.

We can’t afford to have Florida be America’s “best kept secret”— but we need your help to change that!

We must join together to send a message to the legislature to let them know— communicating to other states, business leaders and stakeholders that Florida is the perfect climate to do business is crucial to our economic development efforts.

California, a state that has ranked as one of the worst business climates in the nation for the past 11 years, spends $50 million per year on out-of-state marketing and New York, home to the most expensive city in the nation, is in the middle of a $200 million ad campaign that promotes New York’s business climate as a place to start and grow businesses.

Florida, consistently ranked as one of the top business climates in the nation however, spends $0 market our business climate out of state.

We have already recruited great partners in this effort, including regional chambers of commerce, state and local economic development organizations, businesses and even local governments. But we need you to send an email to legislators today asking them to fully fund the “Market Florida” initiative.

Take Action Now

Send an email to the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees. Don’t wait, as lawmakers will vote on the issue on Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m.