Executive Director Cissy Proctor

Director's Message

In 2011, DEO became a new state agency. The three distinct agencies that originally formed DEO have been streamlined into a single culture pursuing a unified mission of helping Florida’s economy and communities prosper. Through a variety of agency-wide initiatives, we have streamlined operations while strengthening the ties between economic, community and workforce programs. In the last five years, DEO’s mission has become multi-focused in these three key areas to allow us to look at Florida’s growth holistically.


In 2015, Florida became the third most populous state in the nation, and our population increased to more than 20 million people, according to the U.S. Census. Around 1,000 people are moving to Florida every day – what a great result of the state’s economic recovery! Florida’s economic indicators also continue to outpace Texas, New York, the nation and most of the ten most populous states.


In August, we learned that the state has added nearly 1.2 million private-sector jobs over the past five years. The state’s unemployment rate in August 2016 was down to 4.7 percent, the lowest rate in more than eight years. Florida’s economy is resurgent and I look forward to the state’s continued prosperity as we affirm our commitment to implementing pro-growth, business-friendly policies.

Cissy Proctor - Biography

Cissy Proctor was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in January 2016. After joining the department in 2012, she served as Chief of Staff, Director of the Division of Strategic Business Development, and Deputy Legislative Affairs Director.


Director Proctor is focused on promoting Florida’s competitive business environment through collaboration and partnerships across economic, workforce, and community development. These partnerships have helped generate economic prosperity for communities and cities across Florida.  She has built relationships with Legislators, the business community, local governments, and policy experts across the country to ensure the department is effectively serving businesses, communities, and individuals, while making Florida the best place to live, learn, play, work and do business.


Before joining the department, Director Proctor practiced law with the Tallahassee-based firm Bryant Miller Olive, PA.  She received her J.D. magna cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law and her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University.

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Executive Director Cissy Proctor

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