workshop’s closing speaker, Maryland PSC Commissioner Harold Williams, who is also President of UMAP, could not attend the workshop because of unforeseen work commitments, Commissioner Arriaga said, “It is my intent, depending on the information that you provide and the good efforts that you will be able to provide in the future, that we showcase the Florida PSC and the industry that it regulates in the forefront of this important economic activity.”
John Adams, President and CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
In his presentation, Mr. Adams explained how small business drives Florida’s economy and plays a vital role in the state’s communities. Small business also provides necessary products and services, generates new jobs, employs local residents, and bolsters property values.
Mr. Adams said Enterprise Florida, Inc., (EFI), officially formed in July 1996, replaced the State’s Commerce Department. EFI is the public-private partnership responsible for Florida’s statewide economic development, international trade, and statewide business marketing efforts. EFI is headquartered in Orlando and has offices in Tallahassee and Miami; it also has six Florida field offices that promote international trade, and has representation in 13 international offices to promote business and trade development in Florida. As a public/private organization, EFI is mandated to work with the private sector with a board that is appointed by the leadership and the Governor, as well as individuals from the private sector. EFI’s mission is to diversify Florida’s economy and to create better-paying jobs for its citizens by supporting and attracting and helping to create businesses, innovation, and high growth industries. He said, “I will point out to you that some 90 percent of the businesses in this state would qualify as small business.”