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Mr. Adams said the targeted sectors for EFI include:  Life Sciences, Aviation/Aerospace, Information Technology, Financial Services, Homeland Security/Defense, and Strategic Challenges.

According to Mr. Adams’ PowerPoint presentation, for the eighth consecutive year, EFI provided significant return on investment for the State of Florida, generating $5.87 for each dollar invested in its operations and state economic development incentives.  He also said efforts by EFI  resulted in the creation of 44,950 direct, indirect, and induced jobs for Floridians and that $2.3 billion was added to the state’s labor income due to a higher level of investment and employment supported by Enterprise Florida activities.

Mr. Adams praised the work done by Florida’s utilities.  He also said his organization continues to work with utility representatives on ways to elevate awareness about Florida as a business destination, noting that the utilities have been valuable partners with state and local government  economic development.  He concluded by saying that Florida’s utilities continue to be engaged in a wide range of leadership and support activities that help communities with programs that often support EFI’s overall goals.

Windell Paige, Executive Director, Florida’s Office of Supplier Diversity

Mr. Paige explained how business matchmaking events often bring together small business owners and managers with procurement representatives from federal, state, and local governments, as well as major corporations, including utilities.  These type of face-to-face events, which utilities may participate in, are beneficial for small-to medium-sized businesses, particularly for contracting opportunities.

The mission of the Office of Supplier Diversity is to promote equity in contracting for vendors who are certified as minority or women business enterprises.  Mr. Paige explained that

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