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Florida is a key global trade hub because of its location at the geographic and commercial crossroads of the Americas and its well-developed international trade infrastructure, multilingual workforce, and bottom-line business advantages. Florida’s attractive business climate help it export over $50 billion in goods or value-added products every year, and trade supports over 2.5 million jobs in the state.

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Hon. Mel Martinez

U.S. Senate (2005-2009)
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2001-2003)

In Florida, the USGLC partners with a diverse group of business, non-profit, academic, and military leaders to form state-wide Advisory Committees. The USGLC Advisory Committee works across Florida to educate and inspire support from Floridians and policymakers on the importance of America’s civilian-led tools of diplomacy and development.

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Job Creation

  • Trade supported 2,502,500 jobs in Florida in 2013, or 23% of total jobs.1
  • In 2013, around 61,489 companies exported goods from Florida. Small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees made up 95% of total Florida exporters in 2013.2
  • In 2013, 260,800 people in Florida were employed by affiliates of companies that are at least 50% foreign-owned.3

Exports and Growth

  • FloridaFlorida exported $53.8 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2015. Florida’s largest markets in 2015 were:
    • Canada ($3.9 billion)
    • Brazil ($3.7 billion)
    • Mexico ($2.7 billion)
    • Colombia ($2.5 billion)
    • Venezuela ($2.0 billion)4
  • Agricultural exports are important to Florida’s economy, totaling over $3.5 billion in 2014, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2011, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $7 billion in exports from 663 companies in 117 communities in Florida.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $2.1 billion in Florida companies for overseas investment.7

Education and Research

  • In 2013-2014, 11,084 Florida students studied abroad.8
  • During 2015, 39,377 international students were enrolled in Florida colleges and universities and contributed $1.2 billion to the Florida economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 7,842 Peace Corps volunteers from Florida have served in dozens of countries overseas.10

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  1. http://businessroundtable.org/resources/state-data#map=Benefits_of_International_Trade
  2. http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/index.asp
  3. http://businessroundtable.org/resources/state-data#map=Benefits_of_International_Trade
  4. http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/index.asp
  5. http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/state-fact-sheets.aspx#.U2ERwbQzqX16
  6. http://customermap.exim.gov/index.cfm
  7. http://www.opic.gov/sites/default/files/docs/OPIC_local_impact.pdf
  8. http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/Fact-Sheets-by-US-State/2015
  9. http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/Fact-Sheets-by-US-State/2015
  10. http://files.peacecorps.gov/images/news/releases/15-PRS-top-states_v1.pdf

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