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Local Government Economic Development Incentives

During the 2010 Regular Session, the Florida Legislature enacted Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1752, relating to economic development, which was later codified as Chapter 2010-147, Laws of Florida. The law amended Sections 125.045 and 166.021, Florida Statutes, to impose new economic development reporting requirements on county and municipal governments.

By January 15th of each year, each county government shall report to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) the economic development incentives in excess of $25,000 given to businesses during the previous local fiscal year. Additionally, each municipal government having annual revenues or expenditures greater than $250,000 shall report the economic development incentives in excess of $25,000 given to businesses during the previous local fiscal year. Please note that municipal governments having annual revenues or expenditures less than $250,000 are exempt from this reporting requirement. Pursuant to law, county and municipal governments must report their economic development incentives in the format specified by EDR.

EDR has finalized the online 2016-17 survey, and the link is posted below. The response deadline has been extended until Wednesday, February 28, 2018, to give local officials sufficient time to respond. In addition to county and municipal governments, Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) are being asked to complete the survey questionnaire. Thank you for your patience.

Local government officials may fulfill this reporting requirement by accessing the online survey at an external website. Please refer to the first link [cfm] provided below. For electronic filers, EDR recommends that the survey respondent print the survey PDF (i.e., the second link below) and gather the relevant information prior to beginning the online survey.

If no economic development incentives were given by the local government in 2016-17 or the total incentives did not exceed the $25,000 threshold, the official should still complete the online survey, which is a shortened version asking only a few qualifying questions and for the relevant contact information. This will allow EDR to have a record of the local government's response.

Alternatively, if the local official wishes to report by hard copy, a survey PDF can be completed and printed or scanned. The printed or scanned survey can then be e-mailed or mailed to EDR at the address below. EDR will compile the responses for fiscal year 2016-17 and publish a report later in 2018.

Sections 125.045(4) and 166.021(8)(d), Florida Statutes, also require that a contract between a county's or municipality's governing body, or other entity engaged in economic development activities on behalf of the local government, and an economic development agency must require the agency or entity receiving county or municipal funds to submit a report to the local government's governing body detailing how the funds were spent and the results of the economic development agency's or entity's efforts on behalf of the local government.

EDR has reviewed the annual reports of various economic development agencies or organizations (EDOs) to determine recurring items of interest and recommended items of interest that should be included in the EDO's report.

By January 15th of each year, the county or municipal government must file a copy of this report with EDR and post the report on its website.

You may mail the report to:

Steven O'Cain
Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR)
111 West Madison Street, Suite 574
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6588

ocain.steve@leg.state.fl.us

 

Last Revised: January 16, 2018