September 24, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
With an average daily temperature of 71 degrees, Florida has the perfect climate for sporting events year round. Sports offices headquartered in Florida benefit from not only the mild weather but Florida’s world-class business amenities and infrastructure.
The Florida Sports Foundation exists to help with sports-related business and hosting sporting events. According to the 2014 Economic Impact of Sports survey, recreational sports drove 13.3 million visitors to the state, creating $44.4 billion in total economic output.
United States Tennis Association’s National Campus Locates to Florida
In 2016, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) will open the doors to its National Campus in Lake Nona. The “New Home of American Tennis” will house the USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions. The facility will offer more than 100 courts and a collegiate tennis center capable of hosting a number of college events.
“The Lake Nona area in Orlando provides the optimal location for the USTA’s new facility,” said Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “We can build a state-of-the-art facility which will further our mission in the country’s top destination market that also provides opportunities for year-round play.”
Golf Helps Drive Florida’s Economy
Nearly 43 million rounds of golf are played annually on Florida’s 1,100 golf courses. The direction of the game is made from Florida, with the national headquarters of the PGA in West Palm Beach, PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach, and LPGA in Daytona Beach.
The Golf Channel, a division of NBC Universal, operates through its headquarters in Florida. The cable programming service devoted exclusively to golf is currently available in more than 100 million households worldwide.
“Florida offers a pro-growth and pro-business environment that is ripe with a talented workforce, which has helped Golf Channel deliver world-class, high-quality golf content across all our platforms to a global audience,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf Channel.
Water Enthusiasts’ Wonderland
Being a peninsula state, Florida features thousands of miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Within the peninsula, Florida offers approximately 7,800 natural lakes and 12,000 miles of rivers and streams. Naturally, the state is considered the fishing capital of the world, boasting roughly 3.1 million registered anglers and leads the nation with more than 900,000 registered boats.
Boston Whaler has been manufacturing boats in Florida since 1988. The boat manufacturer has more than doubled its workforce at its Edgewater facility since 2010 and employs more than 600 Floridians.
Boston Whaler President Huw Bower said, “Boston Whaler is committed to creating the safest, easiest to own and most exciting boats on the water, and Florida is truly the best place for us to meet that goal.”
Companies across all industries benefit from Florida’s skilled workforce, top-ranked infrastructure and huge market. In addition, its low corporate tax burden and no personal income tax provide the right resources for success.