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Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations – Year 5, Report No. 17-13, December 2017
 
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  • The economic development incentives and programs offered by the Office of Film and Entertainment, VISIT FLORIDA, and the Florida Sports Foundation represent a wide range of benefits for businesses. For example, entertainment industry incentives include tax credits and sales tax exemptions, while VISIT FLORIDA primarily offers tourism marketing, promotion, and advertising programs. In addition, sports incentives are provided through grants and a professional sports facility funding program.
  • Stakeholders are generally satisfied with the programs and services offered by the Office of Film and Entertainment, VISIT FLORIDA, and the Florida Sports Foundation. However, relative to other competing states, the strength of the industries that benefit from the incentives and programs varies. For example, Florida’s entertainment industry is declining in comparison to other competing states, while its tourism and sports industries outpace several other states.
  • The three entities addressed several of our previous concerns related to program administration. However, our recommendations regarding the methods used to assess the impact of VISIT FLORIDA’s marketing efforts on the tourism industry in Florida remain.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Economic Opportunity
Community Development
Strategic Business Development

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 17-02 Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations - Year 4,published in January 2017.
  • Report No. 16-09 Agency Review – Enterprise Florida, Inc., and Department of Economic Opportunity,published in December 2016.
  • Report No. 15-11 Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations – Year 3,published in November 2015.
  • Report No. 15-01 Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations – Year 2,published in January 2015.
  • Report No. 14-01 Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations – Year 1,published in January 2014.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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