2017-2018 State Legislative Agenda
This Legislative Agenda represents the Florida Economic Development Council’s (FEDC) positions on economic development issues being considered during the state’s annual legislative session.
The Florida Legislature will be engaging in substantive discussions about strategies and structure affecting the statewide economic development system. FEDC’s diverse membership of economic, workforce and community development professionals can lend perspective to these discussions through effective communication of the diverse assets of each community and successful job creation strategies resulting in positive economic impacts.
FEDC supports Enterprise Florida, the state’s primary economic development organization. This includes operational support and funding for business development, marketing, and international trade activities.
FEDC supports expansion of the FloridaFlex/QRT and IWT workforce training programs and encourages investment in business support initiatives that address the most pressing needs of employers who are establishing and expanding in Florida – including, but not limited to, Blueprint for an Innovation Economy, FloridaMakes – the official representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National NetworkTM for the State of Florida, Florida SBDC Network and GrowFL.
FEDC supports investment in infrastructure and product development through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund and the Strategic Sites Initiative.
FEDC supports the following legislative priorities put forth by the Florida Rural Economic Development Association.
- Eliminate program match requirement for Rural Regional Development Grant Program (Florida Statute 288.018) and appropriate, earmark or otherwise set aside $250,000 for each of the three Rural Areas of Opportunity (RAO) designated by the Governor’s Executive Order.
- Increase Rural Infrastructure Fund appropriation from $1.6 million to a minimum of $5 million.
FEDC supports full funding of Florida’s economic development toolkit which facilitates business development, retention and expansion and further sustains the capacity for quality job growth and economic diversity statewide.