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Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations – Year 2, Report No. 15-01, January 2015
 
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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 those of other states. In addition, across the three entities, there are several concerns related to program administration and the methods used to assess the impact of the incentives and programs offered to businesses.
  • There are a number of issues that could be addressed to enhance the administration of incentives and programs offered to businesses through the Office of Film and Entertainment, VISIT FLORIDA, and the Florida Sports Foundation. Improvements should also be made to the methods used to assess the impact of tourism and sports incentives and programs. Legislative action would be necessary to implement some of these recommendations.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Economic Opportunity
Enterprise Florida, Inc.

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. 14-01 Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations – Year 1,published in January 2014.
  • Report No. 04-82 Progress Report: VISIT FLORIDA Improving Performance Measures and Expanded Rural Partnership Activities,published in December 2004.
  • Report No. 03-07 VISIT FLORIDA Performs Well and Its Funding Should Be Continued; Outcome Measures Should Be Improved,published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 99-16 Continue Funding, But Substantiate That Program Activities Increase Florida Tourism,published in December 1999.

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