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Pain or gain? Business incentive foes, advocates clash over impact of takeaway bill

Business incentives, or money given to multi-million dollar corporations to establish offices and jobs around the state, have come under frequent attack in Florida over the years. Now there’s state legislation that...

Tampa business leaders speak out on incentives, tourism marketing during Gov. Scott’s visit (Video)

Gov. Rick Scott took his case for continued funding for Enterprise Florida, Visit Florida and several incentive programs to the Tampa business community. About 75 government, civic and corporate leaders turned out for a roundtable discussion with...

Miami Finance Forum, Knight plan half-day entrepreneur event Feb. 24

The Miami Finance Forum and the Knight Foundation are hosting "Mapping Miami’s Financial Future 2017: Key South Florida Leaders Driving Entrepreneurial and Business Success" at the Four Seasons Hotel at 1435...

GOP feud could logjam legislative session

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott is accusing House Republicans of “not caring about jobs.” A Senate leader is claiming the House is violating the constitution, and the House speaker is daring the Senate to sue them. Read more here.

Research Park at FAU generates $643M in overall economic impact

The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University in 2016 created thousands of jobs and generated millions in revenue, according to the institution’s annual economic impact report, published Thursday. Comprised of a startup...

Here’s what Florida High Tech Corridor may do to increase talent awareness

When DiSTI Corp. won three military contracts totaling $10.6 million in December, the team had to scramble to hire 15 people — mostly software engineers — to meet the demand. And the...

House panel votes to kill Visit Florida, Enterprise Florida

Tourism industry officials from Pensacola to the Keys warned a House committee Wednesday that a bill to kill state funding for tourism marketing and other economic development programs would harm businesses and...

Fate of Enterprise Florida, Visit Florida uncertain after legislative hearing

A Florida legislative panel has approved a bill that would eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida along with several tax incentives for businesses. The Florida House Subcommittee on Careers and Competition voted for the measure on...

Scott takes shots at Corcoran, House in battle over economic incentives

Gov. Rick Scott blasted House Speaker Richard Corcoran on Tuesday, chiding him for opposing economic development programs central to Scott’s agenda. In his strongest comments yet, Scott accused Corcoran of putting his political future...

EA: Central Florida could use 2nd major video game firm

Central Florida’s video-game community could use another major studio to augment a growing number of smaller companies, Electronic Arts’ Maitland-based chief operating officer Daryl Holt said Monday. It would create healthy competition that...
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