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Florida Public Service Commission

Workshop on Economic Development and Small Business Procurement by Investor-Owned Utilities

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Workshop Summary:  April 27, 2006

Introduction

The Florida Public Service Commission held a workshop on April 12, 2006 on “Economic Development and Small Business Procurement.”  The primary focus of the workshop was on how utilities currently contribute to economic development in Florida, with specific emphasis on their efforts to procure contracts with small business.  During the workshop, Commissioners heard from various presenters about what Florida’s investor-owned utilities are doing in the area of small business procurement.  

Commissioners also heard how Florida’s utilities continue to play an important role in Florida’s economic development activities.  Their knowledge about their service areas is invaluable to prospective businesses.  It is also a factor when a local company expands or upgrades its operations.

According to Enterprise Florida, Inc., economic development in Florida includes those activities designed to improve the quality of life for all Floridians by building an economy characterized by higher personal income, better employment opportunities, and improved business access to domestic and international markets.  Another part of Florida’s economic development is corporate participation in downtown revitalization and rural community

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