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From the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council

Michelle Bauer | 1/17/2024

As economic developers, it’s our job to persuade site selectors and corporate decision makers to choose Florida for their business relocation or expansion. With the constant changes happening globally over the past several years, business leaders like you have myriad concerns factoring into your decision to locate your company in the best environment possible to support its future growth.

If talent is your top criteria, Florida is clearly the place for you. Florida is the fastest growing state in the country, with over 444,000 people moving here in 2022. Scores of seasoned executives as well as young professionals are arriving daily, and our businesses are enjoying robust hiring, growth and enhanced competitiveness as a result. The Sunshine State is a paradise for remote workers and entrepreneurs, too. Florida ranks No. 1 in the country for new business startups and among the top two states for women and minority owned enterprises.

Florida’s low taxes, industrial diversity and strong international business ties are perennially great reasons to choose our state. But the best reason to choose Florida is the people. In communities across this state, you’ll find economic development professionals and local government, business and academic leaders who are welcoming and eager to help your business succeed.

The Florida Economic Development Council website, fedconline.org, is a great place to start your search for help in finding your business’s future Florida location. We can’t wait to assist you.

Michelle Bauer, CEcD
Chief Operating Officer,
Tampa Bay Economic Development Council

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