Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) will lead a delegation of small and mid-sized Florida businesses on an export sales mission to Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from November 2-9. Registration to attend is now open. [Read more…] about Registration Now Open for Export Sales Mission to Kenya and Tanzania
On Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced that the final awards for the 2017-2018 Florida Job Growth Grant Fund have been made, granting six additional communities with more than $16 million in funding. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, established by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature, provided a total of $85 million for improving public infrastructure and enhancing workforce training in Florida. [Read more…] about What They Are Saying: Gov. Scott Awards More Than $16 Million Through the Job Growth Grant Fund
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are pushing to increase business at Florida ports by urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to restructure the way the agency charges ships to fumigate produce imported into the U.S.
Before a cargo ship offloads any imported produce arriving at a U.S. port, the shipment must first be inspected and fumigated. The fee that a ship pays to have their produce fumigated is set by USDA and is currently charged on a “per-enclosure basis” – meaning, a ship pays the same fee to fumigate a warehouse full of goods in the Northeast as they do to fumigate one shipping container in Florida.
Governor Rick Scott today announced that Florida businesses have created 19,000 private-sector jobs in May and 179,000 in the past year, for a total of 1,539,800 jobs since December 2010. Florida’s annual job growth rate has outpaced the nation for 73 of the past 74 months. The only month that Florida did not exceed the nation was due to Hurricane Irma. In May, Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, a drop of 7.0 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.5 percentage points.
Florida-based Agency Meets Criteria for Quality of Service, Management Practices of World’s Largest Partnership of Independent PR Firm
Sachs Media Group, consistently ranked among Florida’s and the nation’s top independent full-service public relations agencies, recently passed the Worldcom Public Relations Group’s rigorous peer review of its service delivery, business, and agency management processes.
New Hangar Opens at Pensacola International Airport
Governor Rick Scott attended the ribbon-cutting of VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering’s new hangar at the Pensacola International Airport. This brand new maintenance and engineering facility will add 400 new job opportunities for local families. The Florida Department of Transportation provided $23.8 million in grants to support this project.
Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida’s airports create jobs and welcome millions of visitors each year as our state continues break tourism records. We are working hard to make sure that every Florida family can get a job. Since December 2010, hardworking businesses have created more than 1.5 million jobs in Florida. We are proud to open this new facility in Pensacola today.”
Enterprise Florida (EFI) recently presented a series of trade seminars across the state to help Florida small and medium-sized businesses learn about doing business in Germany and German markets. The week-long event, held May 13-17, included 15 meetings and seminars in 8 cities.
Enterprise Florida senior vice president of international trade and development, Manny Mencia said, “These types of seminars allow us to reach companies around the state and help them learn about potential new markets. Germany is a top 10 total merchandise trade partner for the state and businesses there provide tremendous opportunities for companies in Florida. We’re continuously working to help companies here grow through trade in markets like Germany.”
Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Teams Up with CareerSource Florida, The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Homebuilders, Uber and Lennar to Hire for Construction Jobs
Nineteen local workforce boards will host a statewide, construction industry-focused job fair beginning June 12 in cities and towns across Florida. In partnership with the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, CareerSource Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Homebuilders, Uber and Lennar – the largest homebuilder in America and Florida, the events bring together construction and related companies seeking to hire Floridians and individuals displaced by Hurricane Maria for a variety of high-paying jobs.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) today announced the launch of a new website, FloridaDisaster.biz, to help Florida businesses prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters. By providing critical information before, during and after a disaster, the website will help businesses recover and get Floridians back to work following emergencies.
Features of the new website include:
- A disaster planning toolkit to help businesses prepare for hurricanes and other disasters;
- Critical disaster updates from the State Emergency Operations Center to keep businesses informed during emergencies; and
- A Business Damage Assessment Survey to help businesses get back up and running after an emergency.
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to reduce bills for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) customers today, approving reductions to its 2018 capacity and environmental cost recovery rate components to comply with the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.
As a result of the Act, which lowered the corporate federal income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, some of FPL’s projected costs are now overstated. The PSC uses “mid-course corrections” to revise recovery rates when a deviation from expected costs warrants it. FPL’s capacity cost recovery component will be reduced by $0.23 per month, and its environmental cost recovery factor will decrease by $0.36 per month for a typical residential customer.