Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Department of Commerce

For assistance, call 850-245-7105 or visit http://www.floridajobs.org/

What is the purpose of the department?

The purpose of the Department of Commerce is to assist the Governor in working with the Legislature, state agencies, business leaders, and economic development professionals to formulate and implement coherent and consistent policies and strategies designed to promote economic opportunities for all Floridians. The department is the Governor's chief agency for business recruitment and expansion and economic development.

The department also must ensure that the state's goals and policies relating to economic development, workforce development, community planning and development, and affordable housing are fully integrated with appropriate implementation strategies.

What are the responsibilities of the department?

The Department of Commerce's duties include
  • managing the activities of public-private partnerships and state agencies in order to avoid duplication and promote coordinated and consistent implementation of programs in areas including tourism; international trade and investment; business recruitment, creation, retention, and expansion; minority and small business development; rural community development; commercialization of products, services, or ideas developed in public universities or other public institutions; and the development and promotion of professional and amateur sporting events;
  • developing a statewide five-year strategic plan to address the promotion of business formation, expansion, recruitment, and retention in order to create jobs; and
  • promoting viable, sustainable communities by providing technical assistance and guidance on growth and development issues, grants, and other assistance to local communities.

How is the department organized?

To carry out the agency's mission, the Legislature designated five divisions within the department.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2023-24
Fund Dollars Positions
COMMERCE, DEPARTMENT OF
PROGRAM: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
FLORIDA HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION
636,000,000
.00
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
1,908,541,328
149.00
PROGRAM: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
763,443,824
61.00
PROGRAM: EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
6,682,366
50.00
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
16,246,980
106.00
INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT SERVICES
13,339,189
103.00
PROGRAM: WORKFORCE SERVICES
CAREERSOURCE FLORIDA
21,612,541
.00
REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE APPEALS COMMISSION
4,403,020
33.50
REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
170,701,451
448.00
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
597,510,677
579.50
TOTAL
4,138,481,376
1,530.00

Updates

The 2023 Legislature enacted Ch. 2023-173, Laws of Florida, which, among other provisions,

  • renames the Department of Economic Opportunity to the Department of Commerce;
  • eliminates Enterprise Florida, Inc., and moves all existing duties, functions, records, contracts, administrative authority and contracts to the Department of Commerce; 
  • allows Visit Florida and the Florida Sports Foundation to enter into agreements with the Department of Commerce to continue existing activities, duties, or functions necessary for their operation;
  • designates the international offices program as a direct-support organization for the Department of Commerce; and 
  • repeals the following programs and incentives (with provisions for existing related commitments):
    • Entertainment Industry Tax Credit;
    • Qualified Defense and Space Flight Tax Refund;
    • Qualified Target Industry Businesses Tax Refund;
    • Economic Gardening Programs;
    • Quick Action Closing Fund;
    • Innovation Incentive Program;
    • Florida Space Flight Business Incentives;
    • Scripps Florida Funding Corporation;
    • Cooperative Advertising Matching Grants Program;
    • Motorsports Entertainment Complex;
    • Professional Golf Hall of Fame;
    • International Game Fish Association World Center;
    • Florida Small Business Technology Program;
    • New Markets Development Program;
    • Microfinance Programs;
    • Economic Development Transportation Projects;
    • Office of Film and Entertainment; and
    • Florida Film Advisory Council.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website

Websites of Interest
U. S. Department of Commerce

Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Section 20.60, Florida Statutes

Whom do I contact for help?

Department of Commerce, 850-245-7105
Website