This month's updates on the people, projects and companies who are making Florida the Perfect Climate for Business.
Together, FedEx Latin America & Caribbean Division and Florida are Delivering Incredible Results
Businesses headquartered in Florida – including 16 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters – can take advantage of the state’s huge market, diverse workforce, low corporate tax burden, no personal income tax and modern infrastructure to improve their bottom line. No one knows that better than FedEx and its Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Division. The global transportation business decided Miami’s business climate was the right match for the company’s needs.
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Florida Maintains Largest Presence Among States at 2015 Paris Air Show
The gates are closed at the 2015 Paris Air Show. But not before more than 351,000 people from the aerospace and aviation business and spectators took to the tarmac to view the latest industry developments.

Florida again had a huge presence at the show with the largest pavilion of any state – 17 exhibitions from Florida aerospace & aviation and defense & homeland security businesses and organizations. Governor Rick Scott, Secretary of Commerce and EFI president & CEO Bill Johnson, and EFI leadership met with more than 60 industry leading companies to share Florida’s business story and competitive advantages. 

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Florida’s Life Sciences Industry Ripe for Growth
For decades, Florida leaders have aggressively pursued the life sciences industry as an economic engine to move the state’s economy toward a focus on medical research. As a result, the life sciences industry is incubated in Florida, and the impact is spreading across the nation.

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HOERBIGER Plans Manufacturing-Operations Center in Coral Springs
The manufacturing industry is a key part of Florida’s economic success. The elimination of sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment helps make the state a consistent leader in the industry. With Florida’s diverse and highly-skilled workforce, 15 seaports and a strong business climate, more manufacturing companies are looking to locate their business in Florida. A leader in the fields of compression technology, drive technology and automation technology, HOERBIGER recently announced a project in Coral Springs that includes a new manufacturing center and hundreds of jobs. 

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Florida’s Network of Talent Helps IT Companies Find Success 
Stretching across 23 counties, Florida’s “High-Tech Corridor” is a mecca for the information technology (IT) industry. While the High-Tech Corridor’s three research universities and 14 state and community colleges provide a pipeline of talent for established companies, those institutions are also helping to foster tech startups like Optym. The Gainesville-based software company benefits from local talent, statewide partnerships and a favorable tax climate. Optym recently announced an expansion that will provide additional capacity for ongoing growth. 

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Bank on South Florida to Unlock New Financial Business Opportunities
People spend their lives working to retire in Florida. But those in the financial industry are quickly figuring out that they can live and work in Florida long before the sun sets on their careers. With low taxes, easy access to international markets and an experienced workforce, Florida offers an unmatched blend of business resources and quality of life.

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PortMiami is Big Ship Ready!
PortMiami is big ship ready! The port is now the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully laden post-Panamax vessels. More than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects are now complete and have transformed PortMiami to a major U.S. global gateway.

The much anticipated expansion of the Panama Canal – the historic waterway that snakes a path between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in Central America – is scheduled to open spring 2016. The expansion will allow some of the world’s largest ships a quicker path to United States ports.

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Florida is a Premier Destination for Fortune 500 Companies
More Fortune 500 companies like Cognizant are choosing Florida for their locations and expansions.  Motivated by growth opportunities, Cognizant – a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services – will expand in Tampa, creating 400 new jobs. Why is Cognizant expanding its Florida operations?

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