Did you know that Spain is currently one of the largest investors in Florida by number of foreign companies? With more than 300 Spanish companies based in Florida investing $6.5 billion in our state, Spanish companies have created more than 18,000 jobs.
“We are proud of the number of Spanish companies currently investing in Florida,” said Mario Buisán, Trade Commissioner of Spain. “It is however, satisfying that ample opportunities remain for new Spanish companies and products interested in this state”
In celebration of World Trade Month in Florida, the Florida Chamber is pleased to highlight the tremendous impact Spain had on Florida’s diverse economy. In fact:
- Florida ranks number eight in export states to Spain,
- Spanish companies have created more than 18,000 jobs in Florida, and
- In 2013 alone, more than 30 subsidiaries of Spanish companies established operations in Florida.
Spanish companies also use Florida’s robust and diverse international relationships to build trade with other nations such as Canada and Latin America.
Florida’s international relationships are invaluable. By partnering with various nations like Spain, we can diversify our own economy and fuel long-term investments by global businesses. Everything we do, we do on a global scale, and thus the importance of World Trade Month.
Global Trade Is Big Business In Florida: Global trade means high-wage jobs and economic prosperity for Florida. The Sunshine State is home to more than 60,000 firms dedicated to bringing their goods and services to consumers around the globe. International business and foreign direct investment accounts for approximately 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity, and directly supports more than 1 million Florida jobs.
Florida’s future prosperity and our growth as a global hub for international trade are inextricably linked. In order for Florida to continue on its mission to be a global hub for trade, the business community must unite and policymakers must remain committed to Florida’s trade future.
Did You Know? More than 8,000 foreign companies operate in Florida, with total holdings of $35.1 billion. Learn more facts about the impact of international trade by clicking here.