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Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations - Year 6, Report No. 18-07, December 2018
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  • The economic development programs OPPAGA examined represent a wide range of benefits for businesses and other entities. For example, space and defense industry incentives include tax refunds and tax exemptions, while military, veterans, 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 recipients believe that the state’s defense grant programs are very important to local efforts, and training grant recipients reported that the grants have positively impacted their businesses. 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 improve state agency promotion of Veterans Florida’s employment opportunities and enhance the administration of the Quick Response Training Program. Improvements could also be made to the methods that Enterprise Florida uses to assess the impact of its 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
Community Development
Strategic Business Development

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 17-13 Florida Economic Development Program Evaluations – Year 5,published in December 2017.
  • 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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