State, Provincial, & International Reviews
Tuesday, January 09 2018
Florida is an economic superstate with the 4th largest economy in the U.S. and the 18th largest economy in the world, if considered a country. Florida Governor Rick Scott is committed to making Florida the number one state for job creation by removing burdensome regulations and keeping corporate taxes low. That, along with Florida’s strong economy and zero personal state income tax, makes it a great place to do business.
Governor Scott’s policies have helped earn international recognition. At a recent International Economic Development Council Annual Conference in Toronto, Florida was ranked 2nd for most favorable business climate. Respondents mentioned the state’s pro-business environment, favorable tax climate and its global position.
Thursday, January 12 2017
In today’s business environment, companies have to continually evolve to stay relevant. Leaders have to keep one eye on the future and another on the present. They need a workforce that is smart, motivated and eager to make a difference. They need reliable access to resources, suppliers and customers who demand solutions anytime and everywhere.
Consistently ranked one of the best states for business, Florida is committed to keeping regulatory requirements and business taxes low. That, along with a highly-skilled workforce, expansive infrastructure and zero personal state income tax, makes it a great place to do business.
All of these factors translate to a thriving economy and jobs. Statewide, the unemployment rate is 4.9 percent (November 2016) and Florida’s private-sector job growth rate of 3.5 percent (November 2016) has exceeded that of the nation since April 2012.
Since 2011, private-sector businesses in the state have added more than 1.26 million high-wage, high-skill positions across targeted industries including Finance & Professional Services, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, and Aviation & Aerospace.
Wednesday, January 13 2016
Florida is already considered a top location for global leaders like Embraer, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric and Amazon. Now, a new wave of industries, innovations and investments are ensuring that the Sunshine State continues to be one of the best states for business.
Nothing illustrates the breadth of Florida’s success more than the growing number of new private-sector jobs. Since December 2010, the state has added more than one million high-wage, high-skill positions. Statewide, the unemployment rate is down to 5.0 percent, the lowest in seven years. Florida’s private-sector job growth rate of 3.6 percent (as of November 2015) has exceeded that of the nation since April 2012. Florida’s private-sector job growth has been positive for 49 consecutive months. With this momentum, Florida is well on its way to being the No. 1 state in the nation for job creation.
The factors driving Florida’s job growth are rooted in the state’s market opportunity, highly-skilled workforce, expansive infrastructure and easy access to domestic and international markets. Combine these assets and you get one of the best business climates in the country.
Monday, January 26 2015
Florida understands what it takes to do business and stands ready to welcome businesses with a talented workforce, top-ranked infrastructure, global connectivity and great quality of life. Its business-friendly legislature, favorable tax climate, and large market can help businesses get up-and-running quickly. The state supports a multi-modal infrastructure for more than 19.5 million residents and nearly 95 million tourists each year. Also, Florida consistently ranks among the best states for business, thanks to its pro-business state tax policies, competitive cost of doing business and streamlined regulatory environment.
Florida’s government and economic development leaders work together to ensure that the state’s business climate remains favorable to companies of all sizes, including some of the nation’s leading corporations. Florida is working on legislative, fiscal and marketplace initiatives such as insurance tort reform, targeted industry incentives and many more. The state is also one of only a few right-to-work states in the U.S.