Florida, always a bridesmaid, seeks to surpass Texas
Florida’s sunshine, yet again, is only worth a silver medal when it comes to the annual best and worst states to do business in survey published by Chief Executive magazine.
How much of a silver? This is the 14th straight year Florida is the runner-up to Texas in the survey, of some 300 CEOs nationwide. The biggest factor blocking Florida from dethroning Texas won’t come as a surprise to many business leaders: workforce quality. Florida ranked No. 22 in that category, while Texas was No. 4.
Florida, meanwhile, will not give hope at unseating Texas.
In an article on the survey, the magazine says the “Orlando area is leading the charge with a flourishing advanced manufacturing sector, based on being at the center of a nexus of colleges and universities and tapping the expertise of engineers from the nearby Space Coast around Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic Ocean.”
Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, who the magazine calls “the most prominent real estate investor in the Tampa Bay area,” also backs the state’s play for business climate supremacy. Says Vinik, citing thoughts many of his peers share: Florida “is a very good place to do business, with relatively low regulations and relatively low cost of labor, a good university system and low cost of living with no income taxes.”