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Investor Spotlight: USAA

    The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 12 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength.   Founded in 1922, USAA is headquartered in San Antonio but has maintained a presence in Tampa and Hillsborough County for many decades. In November 2013, USAA made one of the … Continued

Gov. Scott: Tampa Area Added Nearly 32,000 New Jobs Over the Year

    TAMPA, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Tampa area added 31,800 new private-sector jobs over the year in April. The Tampa area’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, down 0.6 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 15,000 new jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, the lowest since November 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,355,700 new private-sector jobs.   Governor Scott said, “It is great … Continued

CEOs Nationwide Rank Florida #2 State for Business

    ORLANDO, Fla. (May 9, 2016) – Chief Executive Magazine today named Florida the #2 state for business in its 2016 Best & Worst States for Business issue. Chief Executive asked 513 CEOs to rank states they are familiar with on the friendliness of their tax and regulatory regime, workforce quality and living environment. Florida again moved up in qualitative measures this year. The Sunshine State added 1 million private-sector jobs over the last five years, cut taxes 50 times and got rid of 4,200 burdensome regulations.   The survey asked CEOs to consider … Continued

State budget cuts will hamper economic development, but Hillsborough leaders remain determined

    Janelle Irwin | Tampa Bay Business Journal   The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. is moving forward with its goal of making the area a hub for business despite what it perceives as some losses during this year’s legislative session.   Lawmakers approved a budget containing just $16 million for Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development arm. Florida Governor Rick Scott had asked for $85 million to fund the agency.   Enterprise Florida helps fund economic incentives to entice businesses to move to or expand … Continued

As legislators cut job incentives, Tampa leaders fight perception Florida’s closed for business

    Bob Trigaux | Tampa Bay Times   Is Florida suddenly closed for business?   Absurd as that idea may seem, it is a growing concern to Tampa Bay’s economic development community — a perception that job-competing states may use against this state and its metro areas.   For months, our economic development leaders here have watched and winced as the state Legislature condemned Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida — the state’s key agencies for job recruiting and tourism … Continued

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Investor Spotlight: USAA

    The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 12 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength.   Founded in 1922, USAA is headquartered in San Antonio but has maintained a presence in Tampa and Hillsborough County for many decades. In November 2013, USAA made one of the … Continued

Gov. Scott: Tampa Area Added Nearly 32,000 New Jobs Over the Year

    TAMPA, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Tampa area added 31,800 new private-sector jobs over the year in April. The Tampa area’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, down 0.6 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 15,000 new jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, the lowest since November 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,355,700 new private-sector jobs.   Governor Scott said, “It is great … Continued

CEOs Nationwide Rank Florida #2 State for Business

    ORLANDO, Fla. (May 9, 2016) – Chief Executive Magazine today named Florida the #2 state for business in its 2016 Best & Worst States for Business issue. Chief Executive asked 513 CEOs to rank states they are familiar with on the friendliness of their tax and regulatory regime, workforce quality and living environment. Florida again moved up in qualitative measures this year. The Sunshine State added 1 million private-sector jobs over the last five years, cut taxes 50 times and got rid of 4,200 burdensome regulations.   The survey asked CEOs to consider … Continued

State budget cuts will hamper economic development, but Hillsborough leaders remain determined

    Janelle Irwin | Tampa Bay Business Journal   The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. is moving forward with its goal of making the area a hub for business despite what it perceives as some losses during this year’s legislative session.   Lawmakers approved a budget containing just $16 million for Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development arm. Florida Governor Rick Scott had asked for $85 million to fund the agency.   Enterprise Florida helps fund economic incentives to entice businesses to move to or expand … Continued

As legislators cut job incentives, Tampa leaders fight perception Florida’s closed for business

    Bob Trigaux | Tampa Bay Times   Is Florida suddenly closed for business?   Absurd as that idea may seem, it is a growing concern to Tampa Bay’s economic development community — a perception that job-competing states may use against this state and its metro areas.   For months, our economic development leaders here have watched and winced as the state Legislature condemned Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida — the state’s key agencies for job recruiting and tourism … Continued