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

  CHAIRMAN

Sen. George LeMieux
Gunster



Ms. Elise Banister

AT&T


Mr. William E. Carlson Jr.

Tucker/Hall


Mr. Kevin Carr

FloridaMakes


Mr. J. Charles Gray

GrayRobinson


Ms. Belinda Keiser

Keiser University


Governor Bob Martinez

Holland & Knight


Mr. Dave McIntosh

Bluefield Ranch Mitigation Bank Trust


Ms. Sharon Merchant

The Merchant Strategy, Inc.


Mr. James M. Repp

Avmed Health Plans


Ms. Michelle Robinson

Verizon


Recent Center Research

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.


2017 Economic Preview

12/2016 // As we close the door on a strong 2016 for Florida’s economy, it is time to look at what could lie ahead for the state in 2017.


Bees, Please Don't Buzz Off

10/2016 // Honey bees enable the production of more than 90 commercially grown crops here in the United States. Around the world, more than one-third of food production relies on pollination, which is important to understand because, over the past 60 years, the number of honey bee colonies in the United States has decreased steadily.


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