October 21, 2020
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Meeting highlights economic development success in fiscal year 2013
DESTIN, FL (August 8, 2013) – Today, Governor Rick Scott led the first Enterprise Florida (EFI) Board of Directors meeting of the new fiscal year. Board Vice Chair and President of Regions Bank Florida, Brett Couch; Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope; and other members of the Florida Cabinet joined Governor Scott at the Board meeting in Destin.
Governor Scott said, “Since taking office, my focus has been on creating jobs for Florida’s families and Enterprise Florida has been a key component in our success. Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope and his staff have helped us create more than 333,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010, while reducing the unemployment rate to its lowest level since September 2008. Gray and his team have been relentless in their pursuit of jobs for Florida’s families.”
For fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013), EFI helped win 172 competitive jobs projects – a 27.4 percent increase over fiscal year 2011. More than $1.95 billion in capital investments were committed – a 75.5 percent increase over FY 2011, and nearly 20,400 jobs were created – 40.2 percent more than were added in FY 2011.
“I can’t say enough about the dedication of the Enterprise Florida team and our statewide economic development colleagues,” said Secretary Swoope, who serves as President & CEO of EFI. “Thanks to our county partners, the Department of Economic Opportunity, Workforce Florida, Space Florida and the Florida Sports Foundation, economic development in the state has never been stronger. I look forward to those continued strong partnerships and many more project wins in the next year.”
More than 30 of the 172 projects will add at least 200 jobs to the state, including:
“Gray and his team are focused on bringing jobs to our state and their dedication has paid off,” said Board Vice Chair, Brett Couch. “I believe Florida has more to offer businesses than any other state in the nation. The economic development teams at EFI and around the state will continue to diversify our economy and bring jobs to Florida by winning more competitive projects.”
Other agenda items at the board of directors meeting included:
Meeting materials including Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope’s presentation and his quarterly indicators report can be found online in Enterprise Florida’s Board newsroom. The meeting was broadcast live on the Florida Channel and can be accessed at their website.
The Enterprise Florida board comprises top business, economic development and government leaders statewide. Their leadership and guidance support Enterprise Florida’s efforts to diversify Florida’s economy and increase high-wage job growth.
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Enterprise Florida, Inc. (www.eflorida.com) is a partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. Enterprise Florida’s mission is to facilitate job growth for Florida’s businesses and citizens leading to a vibrant statewide economy. In pursuit of its mission, Enterprise Florida works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.