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If your business was damaged by Hurricane Irma

Arrange for a damage assessment by contacting csba@polk-county.net FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE (850) 717-9282 media@eog.myflorida.com)  

Gov. Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Irma

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2017) – Today, Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The application period is from today through Oct. 31, 2017.   Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Irma was a massive storm affecting our entire state, including many of our small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of Florida’s economy, and families are depending on these businesses recovering as quickly as possible. The small business bridge loan program will help small business owners and communities get back up and running and I encourage all affected business owners to apply today.”   DEO administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network to provide cash flow to businesses damaged by a disaster. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program.   DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, "So many communities across Florida have been affected by this storm. Businesses from the Panhandle to the Keys need assistance, and DEO is working with these businesses to make sure they can recover and be successful. The first step to getting our communities back on their feet, is getting our businesses back on their feet.”   DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties. To access the business survey, please click HERE and select “Hurricane Irma” from the drop-down menu. Response to the damage assessment is not an application for assistance, so businesses that fill out the survey and are interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application as well.   Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in any of Florida’s 67 counties affected by Hurricane Irma can apply for short-term loans up to $25,000. These interest-free loans are granted in terms of 90 or 180 days. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to Sept. 4, 2017, and demonstrate economic injury or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.   Michael Myhre, CEO and State Director for the Florida SBDC Network, said, “We are saddened to see and hear the stories of damage and loss that individuals and small businesses have suffered due to Hurricane Irma. We want our small business owners to know how important they are to our state and we are here to help walk them through the recovery process to get their employees back to work and growing their business.”   To complete an application by the Oct. 31, 2017, deadline, or for more information on the program, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.  

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Emergency info for businesses affected by Hurricane Irma

Businesses are urged to submit any damage reports ASAP. The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center business damage assessment surveying tool has been activated for businesses to report damages resulting from Hurricane Irma. Businesses are encouraged to visit http://flvbeoc.org/index.php. Click on Hurricane Irma.   A private sector hotline is available at (850) 410-1403 to respond to calls from businesses and private sector support organizations. The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated as of 2:30pm EST today. At this time all 67 counties are eligible to apply. These short term loans provide an interest free gap coverage, allowing businesses to start the healing and recovery process. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.floridadisasterloan.org/.

CFDC Report on Polk County

  The Central Florida Development Council has released the Q2 Report for Economic Development Activity in Polk County at the link below. The CFDC has undertaken several important initiatives this quarter as well as further defined  strategic priorities. The pillars of the organization, as adopted by the CFDC Board of Directors, are as follows:   1)      Promote Polk County as a premier business destination 2)      Advocate for key business issues 3)      Facilitate global trade 4)      Foster collaborative partnerships   One of the important initiatives that the CFDC is proud to be a part of is the collaboration with Polk Vision to develop the Talent Pipeline for Polk County. The participation of all the higher education institutions in Polk as well as K-12 and private industry is impressive. 

Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Leadership Council

  Career Source Florida and Florida Makes are partnering with Regional Manufacturing Associations (your MSCA is one) in order to complete an analysis of current and future labor market needs for manufacturing in our area. Beginning in September 2016, focus groups will be held throughout the state to review the data collected in year 1. MSCA held the first focus group on September 8th, with attendance from important employers including Mosaic, Saddle Creek Logistics, Kegel, Harrell's Fertilizer, Alaso, Maxpak and Brightvolt and Procunier, Ferrera Tooling and more.  Our sincere thanks to these companies for their commitment to Polk County and their willingness to give time and attention to addressing the future labor needs and issues. The CAAM College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing will coordinate additional focus groups throughout the state and continue to provide info on talent development supports and grant resources. If you have interest in being part of these future efforts, please contact Joy Clancey at joy_clancey@yahoo.com Here is the current IHS report for August September 2016 advanced-mfg-workforce-leadership-council-aug-sept-2016-8-26-16-r1421166     
 
 
Weekly Wrap Up
MME Has Been Signed!
This is it! The moment we have worked so hard for, both individually and collectively, has arrived. On April 13, Governor Scott signed into law House Bill 7099, the House tax package which includes the Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment (MME) Sales Tax Exemption.Again, we thank each of our members for your efforts on this important issue. The sales tax exemption is a huge benefit to the manufacturing industry and we are honored to have led the way for our members and their companies. See the MAF press release here.
(Right: Gov. Scott signs HB 7099; Below: Jayne Fifer of VMA; Gov. Scott; Al Stimac, MAF President; bill sponsor Sen. Hukill )
 
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New Event Opportunities 
Engineering Mixer April 21 Tampa, FL 6:00-8:00 PM EST This mixer is an opportunity for employers to meet current engineering students seeking internships. The event expects 100 students to attend so this is a great chance to find an engineering intern that fits your needs. Space is limited to the first 25 companies so sign up today! More info and registration
Calendar of Events
April 25 MAF Board of Directors Meeting; Lake Mary, FL
April 28 MAF Environmental Teleconference; 3:00 p.m. EST; 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
May 19-20 Women's Conference of Florida; Tampa, Florida;www.womensconferenceofflorida.com
May 31 Education Summit @ the Florida Sterling Annual Conference; 7:30am-4:30pm JW Marriott Orlando, FLRegistration
May 31-June 3 Florida Sterling Annual Conference; JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes; More information and registration
June 15-16 Discover Global Markets: The Americas; Hilton Miami Downtown; Register (early bird ends April 15)
June 16 MAF Environmental Teleconference; 3:00 p.m. EST; 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
June 16 Industry Certifications Beginning Career Pathways; Atlanta, Georgia; cfeeney@msscuca.org
August 18 MAF Environmental Teleconference; 3:00 p.m. EST; 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
October 20 MAF Environmental Teleconference; 3:00 p.m. EST; 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
November 15-17 MAF Annual Summit & Marketplace; Gainesville, FL;  SAVE THE DATE

Governor Scott’s Press Release regarding Manufacturer’s Tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2015 CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE (850) 717-9282 media@eog.myflorida.com
  Gov. Rick Scott Discusses 2016 Legislative Priorities at AP Editors Meeting: Eliminate the Business Tax for Florida Manufacturers   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott attended the Associated Press pre-session meeting and announced two major priorities for the upcoming Legislative session. First, a tax cut package that will be larger than the proposed package last year, including the total repeal of the state business tax on every manufacturer in Florida. Second, making major reforms to Florida’s competitive jobs program. Governor Scott’s final, proposed budget will be announced in the coming weeks.   Below are Governor Scott’s remarks as prepared for delivery:   Florida is on a roll – I have to start by bragging. In a little over four years, Florida has created over 940,000 private-sector jobs. With the help and support of my friends in the Legislature: We have cut taxes over 50 times in the last four years and cut $400 million in taxes this year alone. We have invested record amounts for both K-12 and higher education, ensuring that every Florida student has the best opportunity to succeed. We have cut over 3,200 burdensome regulations to make it easier to do business in Florida.   We have been able to make record investments in education, our environment and transportation infrastructure while also maintaining a $1.2 billion surplus…without raising taxes. The average person pays about $1,700 in state taxes in Florida – the lowest in the nation.  In the past 12 months, over 100 million people visited our state. We are at a 44-year-low in our crime rate. We are number one for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness. We are the number two state for infrastructure. We are also number two for aerospace and aviation establishments in the U.S. We are indeed on a roll, but we need to keep going to keep growing.   We have to cut taxes to keep growing. I know you all want to hear what we will focus on during the upcoming legislative session, and while we are still working to finalize our budget, I want to highlight two major priorities during my time with you today.   As I mentioned earlier, I am very proud of the work the legislature and my office have done together to turn Florida’s economy around.  I am very excited to have heard from President Gardiner and Speaker Crisafulli both of whom share my goal to cut taxes again in the upcoming session. Working together, I know we can give Floridians back more of the hard-earned money they have made by turning our economy around and ensure that Florida continues to out-pace the nation and even take first place in job creation.   First, we will propose a tax cut package that will be larger than the package we proposed last year. One part of our tax package I can discuss today is that we will propose the total repeal of the state business tax on every manufacturer in Florida. This tax cut would be on top of our push to forever end the manufacturing sales tax. If the manufacturing sales tax isn’t repealed this year, there will effectively be a tax increase on manufacturers in our state who are planning to buy multi-million dollar pieces of equipment. Taxing this equipment will kill jobs. It is that simple.   Helping our manufacturing industry succeed is a key way to diversify our economy. Five years ago, our state was in a jobs death spiral. Our economy was in a steep decline and a lot of people talked about how we needed to grow more stable industries to recover. Now it’s time for action. Manufacturing is one of those high-growth industries that are critical to long-term job creation. The more we can cut costs for manufacturers in Florida, the more manufacturing jobs will be created here. It is really that simple. If you don’t want something to grow, tax it. If we want something to grow, we have to cut costs.   I hope 2016 will be the year of the manufacturer in Florida. Working together with the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, I know we can become the most competitive state in the nation for manufacturing companies to invest, expand and succeed.   Finally, we must reform our competitive jobs program. The second priority we will focus on in the 2016 legislative session is making major reforms to our competitive jobs program. The Quick Action Closing Fund that EFI uses to attract competitive projects to Florida over other states is almost bankrupt. It was given very little funding during the last Legislative session and now there is virtually very little money left for Florida counties to use when competing against other places in the country for big job wins.   The current Quick Action Closing fund needs to be reformed, plain and simple. Florida cannot compete with Texas for major headquarters projects if we are running out of cash before the end of every year, or if projects are totally dependent on the scheduling of special committee meetings.   We have listened to concerns that some legislators have about the current system, and consulted with national Site Selectors about what they look for in Florida to advocate for major businesses – like GE – to move to our state. With all of this input, we will propose major reforms to the current Quick Action Closing Fund program before the beginning of the 2016 legislative session.   Those are the two main priorities I wanted to touch on today. I look forward to announcing much more when we roll out our final, proposed budget in a few weeks.   ###  

HB 7099 Passes the Legislature

  • This Tax Bill permanently eliminates the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment; manufacturers must show an affidavit of eligibility to seller.
The final bill went through many changes before the budget was approved. Here is a list of the final appropriations  HB 7099 Taxation

Governor Veto/ Legislative News June 26, 2015

Governor's Veto List Governor Scott vetoed $461.4 million in special projects from the state budget for 2015-2016, passed by the Florida Legislature on June 19.  Of potential interest to manufacturers are the following: $  250,000        Okaloosa County Science and Technology Education Middle School $  284,000        Pine Ridge High School Advanced Manufacturing Program $1,094,301        Seminole County Public Schools High-Tech Manufacturing Program $1,000,000        Educational Aerospace Partnership Center $  500,000        Tampa Bay Region Aeronautics II $      43,000        Martin County Hazardous Materials Response Team $27,300,000      Dispersed Water Management $      250,000      City of Opa-Locka Brownfield Project $ 1,000,000        Industrial Park Rail Spur in Hardee County $    300,000        Port Manatee Security Improvements $ 1,250,000        Manufacturing Academy and Apprenticeship/Internship Program $ 1,000,000      Glades County Gateway Logistics and Manufacturing and Training Center $    495,000        Tallahassee Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team Equipment $    259,500        EFI - Africa Trade Expansion Program $    596,000        EDC - Space Coast $10,000,000      International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research $    500,000      FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Exploration $    325,000        Mining Study $1,598,061          Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate Program $ 1,875,000        MOSI Design and Construction for STEM Showcase and MOSI Technology Institute For a copy of the 85 page veto letter, contact Amanda Bowen, abowen@nstephens.com<mailto:abowen@nstephens.com>. Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Over the past couple weeks we have seen a lot of movement with TPA between the US House and Senate. On June 24 the Senate made the passing vote which sent TPA to President Obama's desk. This victory will open doors for trade and domestic job growth, a huge win for the manufacturing industry! MAF has been advocating for TPA for quite some time and we greatly appreciate our members who showed their support as well. Senator Bill Nelson was a big part of the bill's passage and Nancy Stephens, MAF, has been in contact with his office on numerous occasions to encourage and thank him for his support. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) The US House voted on the TSCA reform act on June 23 and passed the bill with astonishingly high support. The vote, 398-1, is evidence of major work by both parties to put forth a well-rounded bill. While the legislation was strongly favored by the House, it is expected to see a more complex and deeper discussion on the Senate floor. The House vote is a major victory and we are very excited about what will happen in the upcoming weeks! Medical Devices Excise Tax On June 18, the US House voted 280-140 to pass the bill titled Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015. The bill seeks to repeal the 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales. The tax was part of the Affordable Care Act and became effective in January 2013. MAF supports the repeal as this is expected to cost more than $24 billion in taxes over a 10 year period. It's another tax our manufacturers cannot afford! The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is also supporting this issue and we will continue to follow the progress of this bill as it moves to the Senate floor. Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 MAF supported this bill and worked with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to advocate for its passage. We are happy to report the US Senate passed the bill on June 18. The bill is a significant rail reform and helps make the Surface Transportation Board more efficient by streamlining rate disputes and reviews the railroad rate bundling practices. The bill is on the way to the US House. We are gearing up for Manufacturing Month in October so mark your calendars now!  Official Manufacturing Day will be celebrated on October 2. Annual Summit Registration is Open! [CTD] The 2015 Annual Summit and Marketplace will be held November 4-6 in West Palm Beach, Florida! Register now to secure a seat at this much anticipated event. The 2015 theme is Connecting The Dots where our speakers will talk about best Practices, Economic Development, International Trade and more. Make sure you join us for the Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner as we recognize Florida's best in manufacturing! For event information and registration, click here<http://www.mafmfg.com/events/event_details.asp?id=637979>. For the summit agenda, click here<http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.mafmfg.com/resource/resmgr/2015_Summit/Agenda_for_Web.pdf>. The summit will be held at West Palm Beach Marriott, please call (800) 228-9290 for room reservations. Revisions to Storage Tank Regulations The Aboveground Storage Tank Technical Advisory Group met on June 15 and 16 to discuss rule changes with revisions to the definitions, prohibitions, permit fees, hydrogeological and geotechnical investigation requirements, and several others. The draft rule language is attached to the newsletter. Any comments by the public on this rule are due by COB Monday, July 13. The EPA has also released final rule language in regards to Underground Storage Tank regulations and revisions. These include new requirements for secondary containment and operator training. This rule is also attached to the newsletter. Florida DEP Workshop The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will hold a workshop on June 30 to discuss rule changes to Chapters 62-777 and 62-780, FAC. These chapters focus on contaminated site cleanup and target levels. The workshop will be held in Tallahassee but is also available via phone and webinar. The packet with agenda, rule language and meeting information is attached to the newsletter. Small Business Survey The Florida Chamber Small Business Survey results were released on June 24. More than 78% of those surveyed expect economic growth within 12 months and more than 45% will be looking to hire new employees.  More than half of the small businesses surveyed reported they were better off than they were 6 months ago! View the full report here: http://tinyurl.com/q7jwhn2