California, Texas, North Carolina: what do they have in technological innovation that Florida doesn’t have or can’t get? The belief is not wide that what is needed for Florida to be a leader in technology is commitment and collaboration among the leaders in the field.
“We want to be globally competitive: we want high-paying, high-skill jobs, and we want vibrant, resilient communities,” he said. brand wilsonpresident of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Foundation. “At the end of the day, that’s what we want every County Commission, every city, every group in Florida to think about in every decision they make.”
He made his remarks at the opening of the Florida Technology & Innovation Solutions Summit 2022 in Tampa.
Florida has the fourth largest tech industry in the country, behind Texas, with the second highest number of net new tech jobs and more than 446,000 people working there.
The goal is for Florida to become a top 3 state for tech jobs with 1.62 million net new jobs and a top 10 global economy. by 2030. However, ranking 39th in the state for research and development funding at the state level, according to the Foundation, falls far short of the 2030 goal of being 3rd in the country.
To become one of the top 10 global economies, Florida will have to climb a few notches from his ranking No. 15. There are six pillars to focus on to grow the economy at that level so quickly: talent; innovation and technology; infrastructure; business climate and competitiveness; civility and governance, and quality of life.
“We have over 546,000 jobs that people in Florida can’t find right now, but we have less than 300,000 people that are even looking for work,” Wilson said. “That is a big problem”.
There are good news.
“One of our goals was to be No. 1 in the country for new business creation by 2030,” Wilson said. “We are already there. We’re No. 1 in the country, so now we have to keep our focus on how we maintain that and how we maintain growth.”
The bottom line, he said, is that Florida is already a massive hub for technology and innovation.
“We have this big brand perception that that’s not what’s happening in Florida,” Wilson said. “So we need to stand up for what we have, but the rest of us in the business community need to spread the word.”
Among the things people don’t generally know about Florida’s tech industry, he said, is that there are 33,000 tech companies based in the state, with the Sunshine State adding more tech companies in 2021 than any other state. Florida ranked second in the country for tech job growth in 2021, not far behind Texas’ figures, and Tampa is the #1 emerging tech city in the United States, with a quarter of the state’s tech jobs in the Tampa area.
Among the places to improve is venture capital, and the aforementioned financing at the state level. Florida ranks seventh in the country for venture capital financing, but the Chamber would like to see that ranking in the Top 3.
“California gets more venture capital every 13 days than Florida gets in a year,” Wilson said. “So let that sit and think about what we can do about it.”
The state government is also getting in on the game, developing and maintaining data security.
“Regarding tangible solutions, the state of Florida is moving forward on this effort,” he said. peter beyondSecretary of the Florida Department of Administrative Services.
“In a relatively short period of time, under the government (Ron) DeSantiswe have gone from a state with virtually no cohesive, centralized plan on cyber, to one that has a roadmap, has implemented one part of a suite of solutions to uncover threats and vulnerabilities across agencies, back to the point of collective defense” .
State agencies are also collaboratively sharing data in real time, channeled through the state’s cybersecurity center.
“This is huge,” Allende said.