Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced the direction of US$100,000 in budget funding for "Enterprise Florida" the official economic development organization for the state of Florida, to establish an international economic development office in Tel Aviv Israel.
Enterprise Florida, helps innovative, high growth businesses start up, locate or expand in Florida.
Gov. Scott office released a statement last Thursday noting that “Israel is a strong friend of Florida and an innovator in science, technology, engineering, and math. That’s why my Florida Families First Budget invests $100,000 to enhance trade relations with Israel.
“With this targeted investment, we’ll increase Florida’s role as a hub for global commerce, so we can better grow jobs and opportunities for Florida families.”
Since 2010, Florida’s trade with Israel has totaled nearly $800 million. Gov. Scott led a trade mission to Israel in December of 2011 to further strengthen the mutually beneficial business and culturalties between Israel and Florida.
Florida has a large economic market, great infrastructure, vibrant industry sectors, smart workforce, and geography perfect for easy global connectivity, in addition to its business-friendly climate and high quality of life.
Florida has consistently been among the top U.S. states in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), currently hosting about 2,000 companies from other countries.