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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

Why Have So Many Millennials Become Tampreneurs?

    Larissa Faw | Forbes   Once upon a time, people lived where they grew up or moved specifically for work opportunities. The city choose them rather than the other way around. These days, Millennials curate their moving options as if they are selecting the perfect avocado, weighing the pros and cons of each potential city before settling on a decision. Three in four U.S. Millennials say they are willing to consider moving to a new city, with 19% … Continued

Game Changer: How Billionaire Jeff Vinik is Helping to Remake Tampa

    Craig Guillot | Chief Executive magazine   From the 25th floor of the SunTrust building in downtown Tampa, Jeff Vinik scans the city streets below and says he sees “tremendous potential.” That’s a big accolade coming from a man who previously lived in Boston and New York and who made investors billions of dollars by finding value. Vinik says the Florida city is poised for such growth that most people won’t even recognize it in 10 years.   “Sitting in this office, looking out … Continued

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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

Why Have So Many Millennials Become Tampreneurs?

    Larissa Faw | Forbes   Once upon a time, people lived where they grew up or moved specifically for work opportunities. The city choose them rather than the other way around. These days, Millennials curate their moving options as if they are selecting the perfect avocado, weighing the pros and cons of each potential city before settling on a decision. Three in four U.S. Millennials say they are willing to consider moving to a new city, with 19% … Continued

Game Changer: How Billionaire Jeff Vinik is Helping to Remake Tampa

    Craig Guillot | Chief Executive magazine   From the 25th floor of the SunTrust building in downtown Tampa, Jeff Vinik scans the city streets below and says he sees “tremendous potential.” That’s a big accolade coming from a man who previously lived in Boston and New York and who made investors billions of dollars by finding value. Vinik says the Florida city is poised for such growth that most people won’t even recognize it in 10 years.   “Sitting in this office, looking out … Continued