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North Florida Economic Development Partnership

Resourceful People. Incredible Natural Resources.

These are the kinds of businesses that are second nature in North Florida: Agriculture and aviation. Freight transportation and food manufacturing. Engineered metals and woods. Tourism and lifestyle companies.

The 14 partner counties of North Florida present amazing diversity across their 8,500+ square miles. But they all share one thing in common: They offer the same smart, strategic, cost-efficient reasons to move or expand business in North Florida.

Our Greatest Asset: People

North Floridians are resourceful, creative people with a deep appreciation for core values like nature, family and integrity. People here are close to the earth. They are authentic and unpretentious, honest and hard working.

Cost of Doing Business

Low cost land and labor? Fantastic financial incentives? One of the most pro-business states in the U.S? It’s all here. North Florida has virtually endless, undeveloped land with highway or water access that’s attractive and affordable.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Florida infrastructure #2 in the nation. Interstates 10 and 75 intersect in the heart of region, connecting you to the Southeast; Florida’s 20 million consumers; and our Foreign Trade Zones. CSX and Norfolk Southern offer Class 1 rail facilities. International and regional airports are within an hour’s drive of each county, and international seaports are nearby on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Higher Education

North Florida is home to two world-class research universities, Florida State University and the University of Florida. FSU and UF bookend North Florida on the east and west. We’re also home to several excellent state colleges and technical and trade schools offering targeted degree and certification programs. Florida A&M University and the University of North Florida play key roles in feeding a reliable, on-going talent pipeline, along with these quality institutions:

Technical Training Institutes and Certification Programs

Taylor Technical Institute and RIVEROAK Technical College offer post-secondary, adult education and targeted technical workforce training certifications. Many certifications are in occupational areas serving targeted industries in our region, including manufacturing and advanced manufacturing, logistics and distribution, technology and health care, and agriculture-based industries.

Workforce Development

Workforce Florida is the state organization charged with overseeing  workforce development and training. It’s been ranked number one in the nation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Florida is the pioneer of industry-specific research and educational development programs for skilled workers in key industries. Five excellent regional workforce development boards serve our region.

Business Climate

Every year, Florida ranks as one of the best states to do business. You’ll find an eye-popping array of incentive programs from corporate headquarters to manufacturing plants to service firms, as well as responsive local governments willing to quickly expedite permitting and approvals. You can explore targeted industry incentives, workforce training incentives and many more programs for relocating and expanding companies at Enterprise Florida.


Energy and Utilities Infrastructure:

The following companies and cooperatives all provide energy for the North Florida region:


Fun Facts about Florida:

  • With 19 million residents and nearly 90 million visitors a year, Florida’s GDP places it as the 21st largest economy in the world.
  • Florida has no personal income tax. State tax returns? Never heard of ‘em.
  • Florida is a Right to Work State and boasts the 3rd lowest private sector unionization rate in the U.S.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Florida’s multi-modal transportation infrastructure as #2 in the nation.
  • #1 Tax Climate in the Southeast for Business (Tax Foundation)
  • Top 5 business tax climate in the U.S. (Tax Foundation; Business Facilities)
  • #1 State for Innovation (Fast Company)
  • #2 Best State for Business (Chief Executive)
  • #2 for access to capital and funding (Area Development)
  • #3 in the U.S. for High Tech Business (TechAmerica Cyberstates)


What are you waiting for? You belong in Florida! Contact the North Florida Economic Development Partnership today and see what we can do for you.

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