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Use of Enterprise Zone Incentives Has Increased, But Challenges Continue, Report No. 99-43, March 2000
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  • The Enterprise Zone Program seeks to improve general social and economic conditionswithin small distressed local areas. However, there is insufficient information to assess changes in thezones' socio-economic conditions because 2000 census data is unavailable and theformer Department of Commerce and the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade, andEconomic Development did not prepare the research design required by state law.
  • More businesses are using enterprise zone incentives since the Legislature revisedthe program in 1994. However, the rate of small businesses using incentives hasnot increased since our 1993 review. Businesses have made very limited use of incentives in rural and netban-affected zones.
  • To boost the use of incentives, the Legislature should consider two approaches forenhancing local administrative resources for rural and net ban-affected areas:providing state assistance for program administration, and directing the Officeof Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development to mesh zone incentives with otherstate and local economic development initiatives. The Legislature should directthe Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development to report legalrestrictions that are impeding zone potential.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-01 Few Businesses Take Advantage of Enterprise Zone Benefits; the Legislature Could Consider Several Options to Modify the Program,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 07-48 Legislature May Wish to Consider Options for Enhancing Florida’s Recreational Marine Industry, published in December 2007.
  • Report No. 05-54 The Legislature Has Several Options Available for Enhancing Rural Enterprise Zones, published in November 2005.
  • Report No. 05-32 OPPAGA Report: Locals Find State Urban Revitalization Programs Useful; More Centralized Program Information Would Be Helpful, published in May 2005.
  • Report No. 04-83 OPPAGA Report: Several Issues Important in Redesigning Business Recruitment and Expansion Tax Refund Programs, published in December 2004.
  • Report No. 04-24 Information Brief: Florida’s Enterprise Zone Program Is Similar to Those of Other States, published in March 2004.Report No. 12003 Review and Evaluation of the Enterprise Zone Program, published in February 1993.
  • Report No. 03-64 Special Review: Enterprise Zone Pilot Project Incentives Not Widely Used, But Progress Made in Revitalizing Project Area,  published in December 2003.

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