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FL Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Enterprise Florida
Gray Swoope
Secretary of Commerce
President & CEO, Enterprise Florida
The Atrium Building, Suite 201
325 John Knox Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850.298.6642
information@eflorida.com
www.eflorida.com
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FL Regional Economic Development Agencies

Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership
Jerry Mallot
Executive Director
3 Independent Drive
Jacksonville, FL USA 32202
904-366-6680
jerry.mallot@jacksonvillechamber.org
www.expandinjax.com
Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce/Council for Economic Outreach
Brent Christensen
President
P.O. Box 2342
Gainesville, FL USA 32602
352-378-7300
brent@gceo.com
www.gceo.com
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Robert J. Rohrlack, Jr., CEcD
President & CEO
201 North Franklin Street, Suite 201
Tampa, FL USA 33602
813-276-9401
brohrlack@tampachamber.com
www.tampachamber.com
Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT)
Roy Schleicher
Sr. Director of Marketing & Trade Development
2831 Talleyrand Avenue
Jacksonville, FL USA 32206
904-357-3070
info@jaxport.com
www.jaxport.com
Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission
Declan H. Reiley
Vice President, Business Development
301 East Pine Street, Suite 900
Orlando, FL USA 32801
407-422-7159 245
declan.reiley@orlandoedc.com
www.orlandoedc.com
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FL County Economic Development Agencies

Indian River County Chamber of Commerce
Helene Caseltine, CEcD
Economic Development Director
1216 21st Street
Vero Beach, FL USA 32960
772-567-3491 121
directored@indianriverchamber.com
www.indianriverchamber.com
Indian River County is located on Florida’s east coast with 26 miles of beautiful beaches and easy access to 90% of Florida’s population. A variety of industrial and commercial sites are available.
Bay County Economic Development Alliance
Ted Clem
Executive Director
P.O. Box 1850, 235 West 5th Street
Panama City, FL USA 32401
850-215-3752
ted@baychamberfl.com
www.1-888baysite.com
Business Development Board of Martin County, Inc.
Ron Bunch
Executive Director
1002 SE Monterey Commons Boulevard, Suite 203A
Stuart, FL USA 34996
772-221-1380
bdbmc@bdbmc.org
www.bdbmc.org
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Andrew Duffell
Senior Vice President, Business Recruitment, Retention & Expansion
310 Evernia Street
West Palm Beach, FL USA 33401
561-835-1008
relocations@bdb.org
www.bdb.org
Central Florida Development Council
Rodney Carson
Director of Economic Development
600 North Broadway, Suite 300
Bartow, FL USA 33830
863-534-2519
rcarson@cfdc.org
www.cfdc.org
Charlotte County Economic Development Office
Don Root
Director
18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 502
Port Charlotte, FL USA 33948
941-627-3023
floridaedo@charlottecountyfl.com
www.floridaedo.com
Clay County Chamber of Commerce
Danita Andrews
Vice President of Economic Development
1734 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park, FL USA 32073
904-264-1005
dandrews@claychamber.com
www.clayedo.com
Columbia County IDA (EDO)
Jim Poole
Executive Director
164 NW Madison Street, Suite 103
Lake City, FL USA 32025
386-758-1033
jim@ccflida.com
www.ccflida.com
Dixie County Chamber of Commerce
Julia Squires
President
P.O. Box 547
Cross City, FL USA 32628
352-498-5454
dixiechamber@usa.net
www.dixiecounty.org
Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
Kimberly Eye
Marketing Director
597 Haverty Court, Suite 100
Rockledge, Fl USA 32955
321-638-2000
keye@spacecoastedc.org
www.spacecoastedc.org
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Kathleen Baylis
President
2601 Cattlemen Road, Suite 201
Sarasota, FL USA 34232
941-309-1200
kbaylis@edcsarasotacounty.com
www.edcsarasotacounty.com

Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County
Larry Sassano
President
P.O. Box 4097
Ft. Walton Beach, FL USA 32549
850-651-7374
info@florida-edc.org
www.florida-edc.org
Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County
Larry Pelton
President
1850 SW Fountainview Boulevard, Suite 205
Port St. Lucie, FL USA 34986
772-879-4144 10
contact@youredc.com
www.youredc.com
Economic Development Council, Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Nancy Engel
Executive Director
222 10th Street W
Bradenton, FL USA 34205
941-748-4842 127
nengel@manateeedc.com
www.manateeedc.com
Gulf County Economic Development Council, Inc.
Edward A. Nelson, Jr.
Executive Director
150 Captain Fred’s Place
Port St. Joe, FL USA 32456
850-229-1901
info@gulfcountyedc.org
www.gulfcountyedc.org
Hamilton County Office of Economic Development
Cindi Foreman
Executive Director
1153 U.S. Highway 41 NW, Suite 4
Jasper, FL USA 32052
386-792-6828
hamiltonecodev@windstream.net
www.hamiltoncountyflorida.com
Hendry County Economic Development Council
Janice Groves
Executive Director
P.O. Box 2518
LaBelle, FL USA 33975
863-675-6007
info@hendreycountyedc.com
www.hendrycountyedc.com
Hernando County Office of Business Development
Michael McHugh
Director
15800 Flight Path Drive
Brooksville, FL USA 34604
352-540-6400
obd@hernandocounty.us
www.hernandobusiness.com
Highlands County Economic Development Commission
Dan P. Murphy
Executive Director
2113 U.S. 27 South
Sebring, FL USA 33870
863-385-1025
hcfedc@highlandsedc.com
www.highlandsedc.com
Jackson County Development Council, Inc.
Bill Stanton
Executive Director
2840 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 920
Marianna, FL USA 32447
850-526-4005
stantonjcdc@earthlink.net
www.phonl.com/jcdc
Jefferson County Economic Development Council
Bill Tellefsen
Planning Director
492 West Walnut Street
Monticello, FL USA 32344
850-997-7999
jcedc@mbartmail.com
www.co.jefferson.fl.us
Ocala-Marion County E.D.C.
Peter J. Tesch
President & CEO
3003 SW College Road, Suite 105
Ocala, FL USA 34474
352-291-4410 1
marketing@ocalaedc.org
www.ocalaedc.org
Osceola County Economic Development Department
Maria Grulich
Administrator
3 Courthouse Square, Suite 219
Kissimmee, FL USA 34741
407-742-4200
mgru@osceola.org
www.chooseosceola.com
Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Charles Wood
Sr. Vice President, Economic Development
117 West Garden Street
Pensacola, FL USA 32502
850-438-4081 225
cwood@pensacolachamber.com
www.pensacolachamber.com/
economicdevelopment
Pinellas County Economic Development Department
Mike Meidel
Director
13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL USA 33760
727-464-8114
mmeidel@pinellascounty.org
www.pced.org
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce
C. W. Wes Larson II
President
P.O. Box 550
Palatka, FL USA 32178
386-328-1503
president@putnamcountychamber.org
www.putnamcountychamber.org
Seminole County Economic Development
William J. McDermott, CEcD
Director
1055 AAA Drive
Heathrow, FL USA 32746
407-665-7132
wmcdermott@seminolecountyfl.gov
www.businessinseminole.com
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce EDC
Nick Sacia
Executive Director
One Riberia Street
St. Augustine, FL USA 32084
904-829-6478
nick.sacia@sjcchamber.com
www.stjohnsbusiness.com
Sumter County Economic Development Council
406 East Seminole Avenue, P.O. Box 337
Bushnell, FL USA 33513
352-793-3003
scedc@sum.net
www.sumtercountytoday.com/scedc.asp
TEAM Santa Rosa Economic Development Council, Inc.
Cindy Anderson, P.E.
Executive Director
6491 Caroline Street, Suite 4
Milton, FL USA 32570
850-623-0174
canderson@teamsantarosa.com
www.teamsantarosa.com
The Beacon Council
Frank R. Nero
President & CEO
80 SW 8th Street, Suite 2400
Miami, FL USA 33130
305-579-1300
fnero@beaconcouncil.com
www.beaconcouncil.com
The Broward Alliance
Jay T. Tarlton
President & CEO
110 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1990
Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA 33301
954-524-3113
jtarlton@browardalliance.org
www.browardalliance.org
Volusia County Department of Economic Development
Phil Ehlinger
Director
700 Catalina Drive, Suite 200
Daytona Beach, FL USA 32114
386-248-8048
doed@volusia.org
www.floridabusiness.org

FL City Economic Development Agencies

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
Anita Grove
Executive Director
122 Commerce Street
Apalachicola Bay, FL USA 32320
850-653-9419
anita@apalachicolabay.org
www.apalachicolabay.org
Cape Coral Economic Development Office
Carl Schwing
Acting Director
1015 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL USA 33990
239-574-0450
cschwing@capecoral.net
www.bizcapecoral.com
City of North Port
Allan Lane
Economic Development Manager
4970 City Hall Boulevard
North Port, FL USA 34286
941-429-7001
alane@cityofnorthport.com
www.cityofnorthport.com
Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc.
Beth Kirkland
Executive Director
P.O. Box 1639
Tallahassee, FL USA 32302
850-224-8116
bkirkland@taledc.com
www.taledc.com
Leesburg Economic Development Department
Ken Thomas
Director
600 Market Street
Leesburg, FL USA 34748
352-728-9708
ken.thomas@leesburgflorida.gov
www.leesburgflorida.gov
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Florida State Incentives

QUALIFIED TARGET INDUSTRY TAX REFUND (QTI): Available for new or expanding companies that create high wage jobs in targeted high value-added industries. It includes refunds on corporate income, sales, ad valorem, intangible personal property, insurance premium and certain other taxes. Pre-approved applicants who create jobs in Florida receive tax refunds of $3,000 per net new Florida full-time equivalent job created, $6,000 in an Enterprise Zone or Rural Community (county). For businesses paying 150 percent of the average annual wage, add $1,000 per job; for businesses paying 200 percent of the average annual salary, add $2,000 per job; businesses falling within a designated high impact sector or increasing exports of its goods through a seaport or airport in the state by at least 10 percent in value or tonnage in each year of receiving a QTI refund, add $2,000 per job; projects locating in a designated Brownfield area (Brownfield Bonus) can add $2,500 per job. The local community where the company locates contributes 20 percent of the total tax refund. There is a cap of $5 million per single qualified applicant in all years, and no more than 25 percent of the total refund approved may be taken in any single fiscal year.

QUALIFIED DEFENSE AND SPACE CONTRACTOR TAX REFUND (QDSC): Florida defense, homeland security and space business contractors are given a competitive edge in consolidating contracts or subcontracts, acquiring new contracts or converting contracts to commercial production. Pre-approved applicants creating or retaining jobs in Florida may receive tax refunds of $3,000 per net new Florida full-time equivalent job created or retained; $6,000 in an Enterprise Zone or rural county. For businesses paying 150 percent of the average annual wage, add $1,000 per job; for businesses paying 200 percent of the average annual salary, add $2,000 per job.

CAPITAL INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT (CITC): Used to attract and grow capital-intensive industries, it is an annual credit, provided for up to 20 years, against the corporate income tax. Eligible projects are those in designated high-impact portions of the following sectors: clean energy, biomedical technology, financial services, information technology, silicon technology, transportation equipment manufacturing, or be a corporate headquarters facility. Projects must also create a minimum of 100 jobs and invest at least $25 million in eligible capital costs. Eligible capital costs include all expenses incurred in the acquisition, construction, installation, and equipping of a project from the beginning of construction to the commencement of operations. The level of investment and the project’s Florida corporate income tax liability for the 20 years following commencement of operations determines the amount of the annual credit.

HIGH IMPACT PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE GRANT (HIPI): A negotiated grant provided to pre-approved applicants in certain high-impact sectors designated by the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED). In order to participate in the program, the project must operate within designated high-impact portions of the following sectors: clean energy, corporate headquarters, financial services, life sciences, semiconductors and transportation equipment manufacturing; create at least 50 new full-time equivalent jobs (if a R&D facility, create at least 25 new full-time equivalent jobs) in Florida in a three-year period; and make a cumulative investment in the state of at least $50 million (if a R&D facility, make a cumulative investment of at least $25 million) in a three-year period. Once recommended by Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and approved by OTTED, the high impact business is awarded 50 percent of the eligible grant upon commencement of operations and the balance of the awarded grant once full employment and capital investment goals are met.

QUICK RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAM (QRT): Employer-driven and designed to assist new value-added businesses and provide existing Florida businesses the necessary training for expansion. A state educational facility is available to assist with application and program development or delivery. The educational facility will also serve as fiscal agent for the project. The company may use in-house training, outside vendor training programs or the local educational entity to provide training. Reimbursable expenses include: instructors’/trainers’ wages, curriculum development and textbooks/manuals.

INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING (IWT): A program that provides training to currently employed workers to keep Florida’s workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses. It is available to all Florida businesses that have been in operation for at least one year prior to application and require skills upgrade training for existing employees. Priority is given to businesses in targeted industries, Enterprise Zones, HUB Zones, Inner City Distressed areas, Rural Counties and areas, and Brownfield areas.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRANSPORTATION FUND: Commonly referred to as the “Road Fund,” it is an incentive tool designed to alleviate transportation problems that adversely impact a specific company’s location or expansion decision. The award amount is based on the number of new and retained jobs and the eligible transportation project costs, up to $3 million. The award is made to the local government on behalf of a specific business for public transportation improvements.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY INCENTIVES

  • Florida offers increased incentive awards and lower wage qualification thresholds in its rural counties. Additionally, a RURAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT REVOLVING LOAN FUND and RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUND exist to meet the special needs that businesses encounter in rural counties.
  • URBAN INCENTIVES: Florida offers increased incentive awards and lower wage qualification thresholds for businesses locating in many urban core/inner city areas that are experiencing conditions affecting the economic viability of the community and hampering the self-sufficiency of the residents.
  • ENTERPRISE ZONE INCENTIVES: An assortment of tax incentives to businesses that choose to create employment within an enterprise zone—a specific geographic area targeted for economic revitalization. These include a sales and use tax credit, tax refund for business machinery and equipment used in an enterprise zone, sales tax refund for building materials used in an Enterprise Zone and a sales tax exemption for electrical energy used in an enterprise zone.
  • Florida offers incentives to businesses that locate in Brownfield sites— underutilized industrial or commercial sites due to actual or perceived environmental contamination. The BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT BONUS REFUND is available to encourage Brownfield redevelopment and job creation. Approved applicants receive tax refunds of up to $2,500 for each job created.
  • JOBS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED TAX CREDIT PROGRAM (JUTC): Provides incentives to businesses throughout Florida to hire qualified employees who were previously unemployed. The program is available to all businesses that are identified as a “target industry”. The business may receive a tax credit of $1,000 for every employee hired as of July 1, 2010. The business may claim only new hires that were previously unemployed for a minimum of 30 days, and that remain employed after a 12-month period at an average of 36 hours per week. This program will run until June 30, 2012 with a limit of $10 million available for tax credits.
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISTRESSED AREA MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM (LDMG): Assists local governments in attracting and retaining targeted businesses. Applications are accepted from local governments/municipalities that plan on offering financial assistance to a specific business in the area. These targeted businesses are required to create at least 15 full-time jobs and the project must either be new to Florida; expanding operations in Florida; or leaving Florida unless it receives local and state government assistance. The amount awarded by the State will equal $50,000 or 50 percent of the local government’s assistance amount, whichever is less, and be provided following the commitment and payment of that assistance.
  • MANUFACTURING AND SPACEPORT INVESTMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM (MSII): Encourages capital investment and job creation in manufacturing and spaceport activities in Florida. Applications are accepted by eligible businesses from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012. A tax refund up to $50,000 will be given on the State Sales and Use Tax paid for eligible equipment purchases. Purchase cost must exceed a business’ total expenditures on eligible equipment purchased and placed into service in this state during the 2008 tax year.

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