Florida Ranks No. 1 for Renewed Consideration Post-Recession
“This is great news and is more recognition for what Enterprise Florida and its partners are doing to create jobs for Florida’s families," said Gov. Rick Scott of the rating. "We have not only been recognized by business development experts for our pro-business climate but CEOs around the nation recognized Florida as the No. 2 state to do business earlier this year. Our unemployment rate was again below the national average at 7.1 percent for July and we have created nearly 370,000 private-sector jobs in a little over two years. IT’S WORKING in Florida.”
Area Development Magazine is a national trade publication that recognizes economic development around the country. According to a press release from Gov. Scott's office, the editors from Area Development "surveyed a selected group of highly respected location experts who work directly with a national client base" and were asked to pick their top five state choices in 14 site selection categories.
Over the past year, 172 companies have expanded in Florida, creating over 25,000 jobs with a total capital investment of more than $1.9 billion.
“The continued expansion and relocation of businesses to our state is a testament to our supportive business climate at the local and state levels,” said Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. “We appreciate Area Development Magazine’s continued recognition of our relentless pursuit of competitive economic development projects that benefit Florida’s communities and families.”