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Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations – Year 3, Report No. 15-11, November 2015
 
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  • The economic development programs represent a wide range of benefits for businesses and other entities (e.g., local economic development organizations, military alliances). For example, space and defense industry incentives include tax refunds and tax exemptions, while the state’s military, workforce training, and international trade programs offer grants. In addition, international trade and development activities include participation in trade missions and shows as well as services provided to businesses by overseas offices.
  • Stakeholders are generally satisfied with the economic incentives and services offered through the programs on this year’s review schedule. For example, program participants believe that state space and defense incentives and military programs are very important to local and statewide economic development efforts and training grant recipients reported that the grants positively impacted their businesses. In addition, OPPAGA analysis determined that receiving training had a significant, consistently positive effect on trainee wages for the Quick Response Training Program and mixed results for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Finally, OPPAGA found that Florida’s efforts compare favorably to other states for some programs, including space and defense industry incentives and military and defense programs. However, for some programs there are concerns related to program administration and the methods used to assess program performance.
  • Several issues could be addressed to enhance the administration of the Qualified Defense Contractor and Space Flight Business Tax Refund Program and the Quick Response Training Program. For example, the Legislature could consider eliminating the requirement that Quick Response Training grantees use fiscal agents and could make changes that would help expand program participation if the Space Flight Business Tax Refund Program is reauthorized. Moreover, improvements could be made to the methods used to assess the impact of international trade and development activities. Legislative action would be necessary to implement some of these recommendations.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Economic Opportunity
Strategic Business Development
Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Workforce Services
CareerSource Florida

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. 15-01 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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