Florida ranks second among the 50 states for having the best business climate, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) annual conference.
Texas ranked first, Georgia ranked third, followed by South Carolina and North Carolina, respectively.
Conducted by the Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996.
Florida is in the No. 2 spot with 22 percent of the respondents naming it as the state with having the most favorable business climate.
Respondents who named Florida mentioned the state’s pro-business environment, favorable tax climate and its strategic location.
The unique coordination between the Jacksonville Jaguars and JAXUSA Partnership, the regional economic development organization in Jacksonville, Florida, is helping support job growth in Northeast Florida. The annual game in London, which began in 2013, provides a prime opportunity to sell Jacksonville to the world. Jaguars owner Shad Khan has been instrumental in opening doors for local leaders to build and grow long-term relationships with international companies.
This year, the Jacksonville delegation is inviting U.K.-based companies looking to expand operations into the U.S. to sit down with the delegation to discuss future growth opportunities. The meetings will be held Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21 at the Dorchester Hotel in London. To schedule your meeting and for additional details, please click here.
Jacksonville is a competitive player in the global marketplace. With nearly 30 countries represented by a diverse group of companies, we are a growing hub for international business. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the U.K. and other global locations is a vital part of the region’s overall development and sustainability strategy.
JAXUSA saw an opportunity to partner with the Jaguars to help us tell our story to a larger global audience. These missions help us connect with top company leaders and work toward bringing jobs and economic growth to the Jacksonville region. They also add a higher profile to our presence overseas and open doors to new investment opportunities.
Below are a few successes from past London missions:
- Greencore, an Ireland-based food-preparation company, expanded its operations in Jacksonville, creating hundreds of jobs in our region. This was the first of several projects associated with the city’s economic development mission to London with the Jaguars.
- City Facilities Management FL, a subsidiary of City Refrigeration Holdings based in Scotland, selected Jacksonville for its North American headquarters, creating 110 new Florida jobs. The company operates around the world with more than 12,000 employees and is the largest privately-held facilities management company in the United Kingdom and Australia.
- Resource Solutions, an international recruiting services firm, opened a global service center in Jacksonville, adding 75 skilled jobs. The London-based company, which provides outsourcing solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, is seeking to grow its operations in the United States. And, as the company’s U.S. market share grows, so will its operations in Jacksonville.