Why Greater Fort Lauderdale

Incentives

Greater Fort Lauderdale offers relocating and expanding businesses a wide range of benefits, including:

The advantages of doing business in Greater Fort Lauderdale carry over to the personal side, where individuals pay no state or local personal income taxes, giving companies an added enticement in recruiting executives, professionals and technology workers.

For a list of targeted industries which are available for potential incentives when expanding or relocating a business, please click here. Examples of the available incentives include, but are not limited to:

 

High Impact Performance Incentive Grant (HIPI)

The High Impact Performance Incentive Grant (HIPI) is a negotiated grant used to attract and grow major high-impact facilities in Florida. Grants are provided to pre-approved applicants in certain high-impact sectors designated by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

In order to qualify for consideration under the program, an applicant must operate within designated high impact portions of the following sectors: clean energy, corporate headquarters, financial services, life sciences, semiconductors, and transportation equipment manufacturing; create at least 50 new full-time equivalent jobs in Florida within a three-year period and make a cumulative investment in the state of at least $50 million within the same three year period; or if a research and development facility, create at least 25 new full-time equivalent jobs in a three year period and make a cumulative investment of at least $25 million within the same three year period.

Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC)

To encourage investment, Florida offers a Capital Investment Tax Credit to qualifying companies. To participate in the program, a company must apply to Enterprise Florida and be certified by the Governor’s Office prior to commencement of operations. To qualify for consideration, an applicant must operate within designated high impact portions of the following sectors: clean energy, corporate headquarters, financial services, information technology, life sciences, semiconductors, and transportation equipment manufacturing; create at least 100 new jobs in Florida in connection with the project; and make a cumulative capital investment of at least $25 million in connection with the project from the beginning of construction to the commencement of operations.  

The amount of the annual credit is up to 5 percent of the eligible capital costs generated by a qualifying project, for up to 20 years (with any unused portion being carried over for an additional 10 years). The annual credit may not exceed a specified percentage of the annual corporate income tax liability generated by the project. Those percentages are: 100 percent for a project with a cumulative capital investment of at least $100 million; 75 percent for a project with a cumulative capital investment of at least $50 million but less than $100 million; and 50 percent for a project with a cumulative capital investment of at least $25 million but less than $50 million.

Broward County Job Growth Incentive (JG)

The Job Growth direct cash incentive is a negotiated local community inducement designed to encourage the growth of high-skill/high-wage qualified jobs and capital investment in Broward County. This program requires the joint participation of Broward County and the municipality in which the company is and/or will be located. The business must serve multi-state and/or international markets while considering other states for the expansion/relocation. New or expanding businesses in targeted industries or corporate headquarters are eligible; a minimum of 10 new jobs must be created. New jobs must be at a minimum of 115 percent of Broward County’s average wage for up to $2,000 per job. The county’s portion is not to exceed $200,000.

Quick Response Training Incentives

The Florida Quick Response Training grant program is designed to assist qualified relocating and expanding Florida businesses. This program is customized, flexible and responsive to individual company needs. Workforce Florida, Inc. is Florida’s innovative private-public partnership for competitive workforce incentives.

Incumbent Worker Training Program

Incumbent Worker Training is a state program providing training to currently employed workers to keep Florida’s workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses. The program is available to all for-profit Florida businesses in operation for at least one year prior to application and requires training for existing employees. Funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and administered by CareerSource Florida, this program was created to provide financial support upgrading the skills of full-time employees, while reducing training costs.

Training can be done in-house utilizing outside vendors, education partners or public or private training institutions and can also be delivered from existing curricula that cater to specific business needs. The programs can increase skills and productivity at every level of an organization.

Some of the tax advantages for being located in Florida include:

Florida also provides tax exemptions and offers sales on:

For information on incentives and other assistance to companies considering an expansion or relocation to Greater Fort Lauderdale, please call the Alliance's Director of Business Development at 954-627-0124.