The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Office of Partnership Engagement serves as the central resource for providing information on economic opportunities in the state of Florida. Our mission is to build partnerships at the local, regional and statewide level in the public and private sectors.

About Us

The Office of Partnership Engagement was created to build networks with the agency’s public-private partners in order to energize Florida’s economy. We connect Florida’s economic development leaders with programs and resources to enhance opportunities to diversify and grow Florida’s economy.

Through agency programs and partnership engagement we aim to:

  • Strengthen relationships between DEO and our public-private partnerships to collaborate on statewide projects.
  • Streamline the communication between local communities, key economic development partners and Florida’s businesses.
  • Identify and engage DEO partners, communities, local leaders and businesses.
  • Build connections with federal partners, such as Small Business Administration (SBA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other national business organizations and associations.
  • Educate our partners on the DEO resources and programs to stimulate economic development and business growth for Florida.

Our Partners

CareerSource Florida


CareerSource Florida is the statewide workforce policy and investment board for the 24 local workforce development boards and 100 career centers throughout Florida. The CareerSource Florida network helps connect businesses with the talented workforce and training needed to succeed and grow. www.CareerSourceFlorida.com

Enterprise Florida, Inc.


Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation. www.EnterpriseFlorida.com


Florida Sports Foundation a division of Enterprise Florida, Inc., which assists Florida communities with hosting sporting events and sports-related businesses that generate significant economic impact and sports tourism.  www.flasports.com 

Florida Chamber of Commerce


Florida Chamber of Commerce is the first statewide business advocacy organization focused on encouraging a business friendly climate that allows private-sector jobs to contribute to Florida’s economy. www.flchamber.com

Florida Economic Development Council

Florida Economic Development Council is the professional association of economic, workforce and community developers. These professionals work in Florida’s 67 counties, 400+ cities, 24 workforce regions, 28 colleges,12 universities, as well as utilities, ports, airports and industrial authorities. www.fedconline.org


Florida Makes is the statewide industry-led partnership designed to strengthen Florida’s high-wage manufacturing sector. www.floridamakes.com

Florida Ports Council


Florida Ports Council is the professional association for Florida’s fifteen public seasports and their management. The FPC provides advocacy, leadership and information on seaport related issues before legislative and executive branches of state and federal government.  www.flaports.org

Florida Small Business Development Center Network


Florida SBDC Network is the state’s principal provider of business assistance and provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. www.FloridaSBDC.org

Space Florida


Space Florida is the state’s aerospace economic development organization, committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses and position Florida as a global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. www.SpaceFlorida.gov



VISIT FLORIDA is the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, serving as Florida’s official source for marketing the state to tourists and for travel planning to visitors across the globe. www.VISITFLORIDA.org


Office of Partnership Engagement Staff

Katie Smith | Director

Katherine Morrison | Deputy Director

Gary Cooper | Database Administrator

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