19 September Florida has the Country's Second-best Business Climate September 19, 2017 By Laura Pavlus General economic development, job creation 0 Read full article here - by Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer Florida ranks as having the second-best business climate in the country, still nipping at the heels of perennial No. 1 Texas. Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the survey has tracked economic development trends since its inception in 1996. The latest breakdown was released Monday at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference in Toronto. Rounding out the top five were Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, respectively. Texas had held on to the top spot since 1999. For years. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has jokingly jabbed at a rivalry with fellow Republican-controlled Texas as an arch-rival, pointing out whenever the Sunshine State boasted superiority in job creation or luring companies here. Florida took second place with 22 percent of the respondents naming it as the state with having the most favorable business climate. In 2014, Florida bumped North Carolina out of the No. 2 spot. According to the survey, respondents keen on Florida's favorable business climate mentioned the state's pro-business environment, favorable tax climate and its strategic location. This year, for the first time, the survey also includes findings about how the current political climate affects business perceptions. A majority of executives surveyed, 57 percent, reported that the Trump presidency hasn't impacted their investment plans and 33 percent said they were more likely to explore domestic expansion. Related Jacksonville Competing in the Top of the Pack for Small Business Jacksonville placed 30th out of more than 100 major metropolitan areas in an American City Business Journals study of small business vitality across America. Business Leaders Get Glimpse of Florida's Aerospace Industry at Clay EDC Q2 Luncheon Presentation Frank DiBello, CEO of Space Florida, was the keynote speaker for the June 8 quarterly luncheon sponsored by the Clay County Economic Development Corp., which works to bring high-skill, high-wage jobs to Clay County. Florida Continues to Deliver Evidence - Best for Business The Florida 50 index, which tracks all Florida firms in the S&P Composite 1500® Index, beat the S&P 500 by 4.63% and the S&P 1500 by 4.74% for the quarter. For the year, the Florida 50 Index was up 18.33% compared to 8.24% for the S&P 500 and 7.81% for the S&P 1500. Manufacturers Join Governor’s Campaign to Save Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida JACKSONVILLE – In order to protect future jobs and to continue bolstering local economies through the recruitment of manufacturing, the First Coast Manufacturers Association has joined Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign to prevent the elimination of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida by the Florida Legislature. Clay County Business Owner, Amy Pope-Wells, Participates in Roundtable with President Trump Amy Pope-Wells, successful Clay County business owner of Link Staffing and Tira Diva, joins women small business owners at a roundtable with President Trump and Vice President Pence. Encouraging Local Businesses to Grow in Place is KEY to Economic Development Clay County, Florida is home to tremendous business assets. Clay features strong defense and aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, logistics, information technology, and business support sectors. Clay Economic Development Corporation seeks to retain and strengthen existing businesses by working to eliminate growth obstacles. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.