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Florida Directory of Economic Development Organizations

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The Florida economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Florida and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
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Enterprise Florida - also known as eFlorida State
Central Florida      
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Tampa Bay Partnership Region 33607
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce - Committee of One Hundred

Metro 33602


Bea Bare

Netpark Tampa Bay Developer 33610
City of St. Petersburg City
Sumter County Economic Development Council County 33585
Pinellas County Economic Development County 33762
Young-Rainey STAR Center 33777
Charlotte County Economic Development Office - Port Charlotte FL County 33948 (941)627-3023
Manatee Chamber of Commerce County 34205
Sarasota County Committee for Economic Development County 34236
City of North Port City 34287
Economic Development Commission of Hernando County Inc. County 34609
Pasco Economic Development Council County 34639

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Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast Region 32780

Roberta M. Horne


Metro Orlando EDC


Metro 32801
City of Palm Bay City 32905
City of Cocoa City 32922
Indian River County Chamber of Commerce County 32960
City of Lakeland City 33801    
City of Lake Wales City 33859
Highlands County EDC/IDA County 33870
Florida's Heartland REDI (Rural Economic Development Initiative) Region 33871 863-385-4900

Marion County Economic Development Council, Ocala County 34474
Okeechobee County Development Authority County 34972
Central Florida FTZ 218 FTZ 34982
St. Lucie County Economic Development Council County 34988
Northeast Florida



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Columbia County Chamber, Lake City County 32025
Baker County Development Commission County 32063
Clay County Development Authority and Economic Development Council County 32073
St. Augustine & St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce County 32084
Bradford County Development Authority County 32091
Nassau County Economic Development Board Inc. County 32097
Enterprise Flagler, Inc. County 32137
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce County 32178
Jacksonville Regional Development Partnership - Cornerstone Region 32202
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Metro 32202
Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Metro 32602
Gainesville Council for Economic Outreach Metro 32602

J. Brent Christensen

Southern Florida



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Miami - The Beacon Council


Metro 33130
Mayor's International Council - City of Miami, FL City 33133 305-250-5300
City of Miami - Department of Economic Development City 33130 305-416-1435
City of Miami City 33133
Hollywood Business Council City 33020
Pembroke Pines Economic Development Local 33026
The Broward Alliance County 33301
Port Everglades FTZ 25, Broward County FTZ
Pompano Economic Group Local
Palm Beach County Economic Development Office County 33401
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County County 33401
Perrine-Cutler Ridge Council Local
Vision Council, Homestead Local
Lee County Economic Development Office


County 33901
Cape Coral Economic Development Office City 33915 239-574-0444
City of Cape Coral City 33915
Charlotte County Economic Development Office County 33948

Betty WIlliam

Charlotte County Economic Development Council County 33948
Hendry County Economic Development Council County 33975
Economic Development Council of Collier County County 34104

Northwest Florida



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Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce - Florida's Capital Region Metro 32302
Madison County Chamber of Commerce County 32340
Jefferson County Community Development Corp. County 32344
Perry/Taylor County Development Authority County 32347
Bay County Economic Development Alliance County 32402
The St. Joe Company Developer 32407
Opportunity Florida, Chipley Region 32428
Walton County Economic Development Council County 32433
Jackson County Development Council Inc. County 32447
Gulf County Economic Development Council, Inc. - Wewahitchka FL County 32465

(850) 229-1901
Gulf Power Company Utility 32520
Okaloosa County Economic Development Council, Ft. Walton Beach County 32549
Florida's Great Northwest Region 32550
Team Santa Rosa Economic Development Council County 32570
Pensacola Bay Area Chamber Metro 32591

Pensacola Dept of Econ Dev Metro
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we may list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.


The directory above links to the websites of many Florida economic development organizations (EDO) and provides contacts and Area Profiles, Surveys, or other available content about FL as a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the FL and larger US Southeast region, following the same structure as our global contact directories.

These area representatives would typically include

  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

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We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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