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Economic Development at a Crossroads

southwest florida economic developmentHeard what’s happening in Tallahassee?

Legislative proposals represent a seismic shift in economic development.

Recently, the Southwest Florida Regional Economic Development Alliance participated in the International Economic Development Council’s Leadership Conference in Jacksonville, representing our region among leading site selectors from the international community and participating in discussions about best practices in economic development.

The Alliance also joined committee and board meetings at Enterprise Florida prior to participating in the Governor’s Job Summit.

The discussions at every level in each of these venues focused on two topics:

  • At the federal level, the current administration’s proposed changes that would eliminate key programs and resources in economic development.
  • At the state level, the Florida Legislature’s proposed drastic changes to both Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.

These proposals don’t represent a slight shift in economic development at the federal and state levels; rather, they represent a seismic shift in the policies and programs that have formed the foundation of successful economic development efforts for decades.

Can and will Southwest Florida’s economic development efforts successfully evolve as a result of any policy changes at the federal and/or state level? Absolutely. The leadership of the Alliance is proactively engaged in discussions about new directions and strategies should these proposals come to pass.

At the same time, we must acknowledge that the turbulent, uncertain environment is not conducive to recruitment and relocation efforts in our state.

The Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance is working tirelessly to advocate for policies and programs that will enable Florida – and specifically our region – to remain competitive both within the United States and globally. Please anticipate updates and action alerts as legislative proposals move forward.

As always, thank you for your support of the Alliance.