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The JAXUSA Partnership is Jacksonville and Northeast Florida's regional economic development initiative. JAXUSA is a private, nonprofit division of the JAX Chamber.

JAXUSA works in partnership with the City of Jacksonville, JEA, the regional county partners — Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns — CareerSource, JAXPORT, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and more than 175 corporate investors throughout Northeast Florida.

 

 

 

Florida's incentives for job creation

Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI)

The Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund incentive is available for companies that create high wage jobs in targeted high value-added industries. This incentive includes refunds on corporate income, sales, ad valorem, intangible personal property, insurance premium, and certain other taxes. Pre-approved applicants who create jobs in Florida receive tax refunds of $3,000 per net new Florida full-time equivalent job created; $6,000 in an Enterprise Zone or Rural Community (county). For businesses paying 150 percent of the average annual wage, add $1,000 per job; for businesses paying 200 percent of the average annual salary, add $2,000 per job.

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Qualified Defense and Space Contractor Tax Refund (QDSC)

Florida is committed to preserving and growing its high technology employment base by giving Florida defense, homeland security, and space business contractors a competitive edge in consolidating contracts or subcontracts, acquiring new contracts, or converting contracts to commercial production. Pre-approved applicants creating or retaining jobs in Florida may receive tax refunds of $3,000 per net new Florida full-time equivalent job created or retained; $6,000 in an Enterprise Zone or rural county. For businesses paying 150 percent of the average annual wage, add $1,000 per job; for businesses paying 200 percent of the average annual salary, add $2,000 per job.

WORKFORCE TRAINING INCENTIVES:

FloridaFlex, formerly known as Quick Response Training, offers partial reimbursement to relocating or expanding businesses for expenses related to training new or existing employees after jobs have been created or retained.

FloridaFlex is an employer-driven training program designed to assist new value-added businesses and provide existing Florida businesses the necessary training for expansion. A state educational facility - community college, area technical center, school district or university - is available to assist with application and program development or delivery. The educational facility will also serve as fiscal agent for the project. The company may use in-house training, outside vendor training programs or the local educational entity to provide training. Reimbursable training expenses include: instructors'/trainers' wages, curriculum development, and textbooks/manuals. This program is customized, flexible, and responsive to individual company needs. To learn more about the ​FloridaFlex program, visit CareerSource Florida.

Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT)
Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) - a program that provides 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 Florida businesses that have been in operation for at least one year prior to application and require skills upgrade training for existing employees. Priority is given to businesses in targeted industries, Enterprise Zones, HUB Zones, Inner City Distressed areas, Rural Counties and areas, and Brownfield areas. For additional information on the IWT program, visit CareerSource Florida.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit incentive that Congress provides to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. The main objective of this program is to enable the targeted employees to gradually move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers, while participating employers are compensated by being able to reduce their federal income tax liability. WOTC joins other workforce programs that help incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers.

WOTC's Outreach Toolkit provides the following publications with a plain-English overview of the program:

For more information on hiring tax incentives, contact Candace Moody at cmoody@careersourcenortheastflorida.com or (904) 356-JOBS (5627) extension 2201.

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JAX USA is the regional economic development partnership. They provide a variety of tools to help you research our local industries and companies. They provide a page of online resources here, including information on why Northeast Florida is a great place to locate or expand your business.