5/5/16 Is Florida closed for business? Where are the incentives to attract business to our state?

Is Florida closed for business? Where are the incentives to attract business to the state?

The Florida Legislature did not pass Governor Scott’s request to fund incentives to attract businesses, although many states that compete with us receive funding including New York: $150 million; Texas: $90 million; South Carolina: $58 million.

Do we need money to draw businesses here, or are we an attractive location because of our quality of life, diverse labor force, no personal income tax, access to Latin America and the Caribbean and our thriving airport and seaport?


Dr. Dale Brill, Founder and Obsessive Thinker, Thinkspot, a Florida-based public policy research and synthesis consultancy focused on people-centered economic development. Brill has championed organizational and process innovation as an agent of change for more than 25 years.

Frank Nero, Former  President and CEO of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership in charge of recruiting new-to-market businesses and helping local businesses expand. Nero has had an extensive career in community and business leadership.

Andrew Duffell, MBA – President & CEO, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. Duffell’s international background and multiple economic development roles have shaped his forward-thinking and problem-solving approach regarding the development of South Florida’s economy using technology as a catalyst.


Dr. J. Preston Jones, Dean, Nova Southeastern University Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship.

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