27 March Manufacturers Join Governor’s Campaign to Save Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida March 27, 2017 By Laura Pavlus General economic development, manufacturing, First Coast Manufacturers Association, Enterprise Florida 0 Manufacturers join governor’s campaign to save Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida - Read Full Article Here 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. Both Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida are state agencies that use state funds to promote tourism and business relocation to the state. The Florida House of Representatives has voted to eliminate both agencies in the current legislative session. According to the governor’s office, 56,130 jobs have been created in Duval County since 2010 as a result of Enterprise Florida efforts. In addition, more than 82 million tourists visited Duval and Nassau counties in 2015 with direct spending resulting in $1.8 billion economic impact. “You only have to look at the jobs being brought to the area by Amazon, the jobs created by Johnson & Johnson VisionCare’s expansion, and the new jobs from General Electric to see how critical Enterprise Florida is to Northeast Florida,” said Lake Ray, FCMA president. “It is important that we remind our legislative delegation that jobs are the key to the growth of the First Coast, that in turn, benefits our economy, our schools and our quality of life.” The First Coast Manufacturers Association is a nonprofit trade association serving Northeast Florida. There are over 1,500 manufacturing companies on the First Coast, supplying over 30,000 jobs and generating nearly 15 percent of the total gross regional product. Additional media information on FCMA is available at www.fcmaweb.com. More on Advanced Manufacturing in Clay County, Florida here Related Vac-Con Inc. of Green Cove Springs in Clay Finalist for Manufacturers Association of Florida's Manufacturers and Distributors of the Year Award Vac-Con Inc., based in Green Cove Springs, is a finalist for large manufacturer of the year, for companies with more than 200 employees. Harris Corporation of Palm Bay and Sikorsky Aircraft Florida Assembly and Flight Operations in Jupiter are also finalists. Tourism Remains Strong in Florida Visit Florida CEO sees no slowdown in tourism after record-breaking quarter. New Initiative Looks to Lure Foreign Investment to Florida Florida launched a first-of-its-kind program this week to bring foreign investors into the state, Enterprise Florida announced Tuesday. Venture Bridge Florida, the name of the program, will help local economic development efforts by improving services offered to foreign investors and companies. The initiative targets companies with $500,000 to $20 million in sales. International trade and foreign investment accounts for about one-sixth of the state’s economic output, according to data last year. Total Florida trade is valued at $147.7 billion, according to Enterprise Florida. How Florida CEOs See the State's Future Shaping Up Creating Florida 2030 involves research that’s meant to stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future. On these pages you’ll find a summary of the results of a survey of 100 of the state’s leading CEOs. We expected advice — which we got — and regularly heard “right direction.” Even we were surprised, though, by the overwhelming exuberance of Florida CEOs. Manufacturing Thriving in Northeast Florida Some 1,500 manufacturing companies can’t be wrong. Those with solid business models are thriving across Northeast Florida in a wide variety of industries, planted in a region with exceptional transportation and logistics, served by a deep, energetic workforce. Florida's Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop No debate here: Florida's unemployment rate continues to drop — even as more people move to Florida and enter the workforce. What's not to like? Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.