Rural Economic Development

Florida Rural Economic Development Study                                                                 See Executive Summary here

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) engaged Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA) to develop an Economic Development Strategic Plan for Rural Florida. Rural Florida is at a crossroads in terms of its future development, and there is an opportunity for Rural Florida to position itself and control its economic destiny to a much greater degree than it has. Completed in 2012.

On July, 2013 Governor Rick Scott led Florida’s first-ever rural economic development “boot camp” in Okeechobee. The one-day workshop was aimed at strengthening the economic development efforts of rural communities across the state. Highlights here.

Rural counties MAP in Florida here

Rural Economic Development

• Low population density and lack of basic infrastructure, particularly transportation and communications systems, often hinder economic development efforts that could bring new jobs to rural areas.
• Rural communities are more likely to depend on a single employment sector. This dependence coupled with government agency job creation programs offer wages that tend to be lower and seasonal.
• Fewer people living and working in rural areas make it difficult to provide the necessary services that support work.
• Lower per capita incomes limit tax revenue in rural areas resulting in fewer resources for social services.

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