This Statement of Agency Organization and Operation is maintained by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (Department) pursuant to Sections 120.53(4) and 120.54(5)(b)7, Florida Statutes, and Rule Chapter 28-101, Florida Administrative Code.

The Department is created pursuant to Section 20.60, Florida Statutes, which sets forth the legal structure and general description of the Department.  The Department's mission 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.

To accomplish such purposes, the Department shall:

  1. Facilitate the direct involvement of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor in economic development and workforce development projects designed to create, expand, and retain businesses in this state, to recruit business from around the world, and to facilitate other job-creating efforts.
  2. Recruit new businesses to this state and promote the expansion of existing businesses by expediting permitting and location decisions, worker placement and training, and incentive awards.
  3. Promote viable, sustainable communities by providing technical assistance and guidance on growth and development issues, grants, and other assistance to local communities.
  4. 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.
  5. Manage 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, but not limited to, 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.

The Department's goal is to be transparent, accountable, and efficient for Florida’s taxpayers.

General Description of the Department

The Headquarters of the Department is in Leon County, at the Caldwell Building,  107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

The head of the Department is the Executive Director.  The Director is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. 

The Director serves at the pleasure of the Governor.  The Director directs, administers, coordinates, and delegates the statutory duties of the Department in the planning, operation, and regulation assigned to the Department by statutes.

The Director appoints a Chief of Staff and may delegate authority to act in the absence of the Director.  The Chief of Staff and all other Senior Management employees perform duties assigned by the Director.  The Director may appoint Division Directors for areas of responsibility, each of whom serves at the pleasure of the Director.

The Department's main areas of program responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  1. Strategic Business Development
  2. Workforce Services
  3. Community Development

Click here to view the current organizational chart. It may also be obtained by contacting the Department’s Public Records Coordinator at 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

You may also contact the Public Records Coordinator to obtain a copy of any publication, document, form, application, procedure, or manual, or if you have any additional questions or concerns you may contact the Department at (850) 245-7105.  

Agency Clerk

Stephanie Chatham is the Department’s Agency Clerk. It is the responsibility of the clerk to file and record Final Orders issued by the agency, keep record of all pleadings and other legal documents filed with the Department, assist the public in accessing the agency index of Final Orders, and to serve as the contact person for obtaining information about variances from or waivers of agency rules. Documents may be filed by mail, electronic mail, or facsimile. The filing date for a document transmitted by electronic mail or facsimile shall be the date the agency receives the complete document. Hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Any document received by the Agency Clerk after 5 p.m. shall be filed as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular business day. Upon request, the Agency Clerk will provide a copy of the Department’s Statement of Agency Organization and Operation.

Telephone: (850) 245-7150
Facsimile: (850) 921-3230
Email: Agency.Clerk@deo.myflorida.com
Address: The Caldwell Building 
107 East Madison Street, MSC 110 
Tallahassee, FL 32399

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