#2 Florida – Best State For Business according to Chief Executive

#2 Florida – Best State For Business according to Chief Executive

Chief Executive magazine recently ranked the best and worst states for business, and not surprisingly, the Sunshine State was recognized near the very top of the list. Coming in at No. 2, Florida fell just behind Texas, which has held the No. 1 spot for the last 10 years; however, Florida is beginning to shrink the space between the two states and has even overtaken Texas in its quality of living environment.

In a recent article in Chief Executive, Florida Governor Rick Scott says, “We’ve learned from Texas how to tell our story better and it helps that we’ve cut taxes 25 times—about $400 million.” He goes on to say, “When companies like Hertz, Amazon, Deutsche Bank and Verizon add jobs here, it causes more people to look at us. Business is comfortable that we’ll keep the tax base low and improve our workforce.”

From 2012-13, Florida’s gross domestic product grew by 2.2 percent. In addition, nearly 95,000 people moved to the state in 2013. Some key companies include:

  • Office Depot
  • NextExtra Energy
  • Tech Data
  • Carnival Corporation
  • CSX
  • Jabil Circuit
  • World Fuel Services

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About the Author
John Milsaps, a Senior Advisor at SVN Commercial Advisory Group, specializes in landlord and seller representation in Tampa's professional office and healthcare real estate sectors. His expertise in commercial office space makes him a trusted advocate for clients seeking strategic real estate solutions.