Center for Competitive Florida

About the Center

The Center for Competitive Florida analyzes policies and programs that affect Florida's economic growth and competitiveness. Through research into fiscal, economic, and demographic data, the Center makes policy recommendations that enhance Florida’s ability to successfully compete in the global economy. The Center’s work is supported by the Florida Council of Economic Advisors at Florida TaxWatch, a group of eight prominent public and private economists from around the state. 

Advisory Board


Sen. George LeMieux

Ms. Elise Banister


Mr. William E. Carlson Jr.


Mr. Kevin Carr


Mr. Bill Cronin

Pasco Economic Development Council

Mr. J. Charles Gray


Ms. Belinda Keiser

Keiser University

Mr. Ken Lawson


Mr. Daniel Martell

Florida Power & Light

Governor Bob Martinez

Holland & Knight

Mr. Dave McIntosh

Bluefield Ranch Mitigation Bank Trust

Mr. James M. Repp

Avmed Health Plans

Ms. Michelle Robinson


Recent Center Research

Derailing Brightline – The Cost of Taxpayer-Funded Lawsuits

01/2018 // When completed, the new Brightline train will pass through the Treasure Coast region of the state without any planned stops. This has prompted local governments in the Treasure Coast region to pursue legislative and legal remedies in an attempt to derail Brightline. This report looks at these actions, and whether they are in the taxpayers best interest.

A Second Look at Second-Stage Companies in FL

12/2017 // Launched in 2009 to help second-stage companies grow and create new jobs, GrowFL uses principles of Economic Gardening® to help growing companies throughout Florida overcome obstacles to mature and prosper.

High Failure Rates Among Nursing Students Indicated Need for a Cure

06/2017 // Previous legislation to expand nursing programs and alleviate Florida's nursing shortage has had unintended consequences, finds the latest Economic Commentary.

The Cost of Inaction on The Everglades

04/2017 // Currently more than eight million South Florida residents, almost one-third of the state’s population, directly rely on the Everglades system for freshwater supply. This report examines the cost of the status quo.

Now is the Time to Eliminate the Business Rent Tax

04/2017 // It would be difficult to find a more clear and widespread competitive disadvantage faced by many Florida businesses than the Business Rent Tax (BRT). This report looks at how to provide relief.

The Show May Not Go On: An analysis of the cost of severe cuts to Florida's tourism marketing

03/2017 // Florida tourism is an absolutely critical industry to the state, employing millions of people and contributing millions of dollars to state coffers. Despite its importance to the Sunshine State, tourism is in the crosshairs of the Florida House, a costly decision according to this report.

The Effects of a Border-Adjusted Tax on Florida's Property Insurance Market

03/2017 // This report analyzes the effects of applying a border-adjusted tax to reinsurance transactions, and estimates the impact of such a tax on Florida’s policyholders, the property insurance market, taxpayers, and the economy.

Expanding Florida's High-Tech Manufacturing Sector

03/2017 // This Briefing revises high-tech manufacturing, one sector that could benefit from state investment and has been touted in the past by government officials as a way to expand Florida's economic diversity.

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Invade Taxpayers' Wallets, Too

03/2017 // This Economic Commentary looks at the potential impact on taxpayers from the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

2016 Jobs in Florida: Year in Review

02/2017 // With an addition of 257,000 jobs in 2016, Florida continues to rise from the Great Recession. Over the past year, nearly all of Florida's major industries have seen employment gains, and the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.8.

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