(1) The Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development is created within the Executive Office of the Governor. The director of the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
(2) The purpose of the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development 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 provide economic opportunities for all Floridians. To accomplish such purposes, the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall:
(a) Contract, notwithstanding the provisions of part I of chapter 287, with the direct-support organization created under s. 288.1229 to guide, stimulate, and promote the sports industry in the state, to promote the participation of Florida’s citizens in amateur athletic competition, and to promote Florida as a host for national and international amateur athletic competitions.
(b) Monitor 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; workforce development; minority and small business development; and rural community development. As part of its responsibilities under this paragraph, the office shall work with Enterprise Florida, Inc., and Workforce Florida, Inc., to ensure that, to the maximum extent possible, there are direct linkages between the economic development and workforce development goals and strategies of the state.
(c) Facilitate the direct involvement of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor in economic development and workforce development projects designed to create, expand, and retain Florida businesses and to recruit worldwide business, as well as in other job-creating efforts.
(d) Assist the Governor, in cooperation with Enterprise Florida, Inc., Workforce Florida, Inc., and the Florida Commission on Tourism, in preparing an annual report to the Legislature on the state of the business climate in Florida and on the state of economic development in Florida which will include the identification of problems and the recommendation of solutions. This report shall be submitted to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Minority Leader, and the House Minority Leader by January 1 of each year, and it shall be in addition to the Governor’s message to the Legislature under the State Constitution and any other economic reports required by law.
(e) Plan and conduct at least one meeting per calendar year of leaders in business, government, education, workforce development, and economic development called by the Governor to address the business climate in the state, develop a common vision for the economic future of the state, and identify economic development efforts to fulfill that vision.
(f)1. Administer the Florida Enterprise Zone Act under ss. 290.001-290.016, the community contribution tax credit program under ss. 220.183 and 624.5105, the tax refund program for qualified target industry businesses under s. 288.106, the tax-refund program for qualified defense contractors and space flight business contractors under s. 288.1045, contracts for transportation projects under s. 288.063, the sports franchise facility programs under ss. 288.1162 and 288.11621, the professional golf hall of fame facility program under s. 288.1168, the expedited permitting process under s. 403.973, the Rural Community Development Revolving Loan Fund under s. 288.065, the Regional Rural Development Grants Program under s. 288.018, the Certified Capital Company Act under s. 288.99, the Florida State Rural Development Council, the Rural Economic Development Initiative, and other programs that are specifically assigned to the office by law, by the appropriations process, or by the Governor. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the office may expend interest earned from the investment of program funds deposited in the Grants and Donations Trust Fund to contract for the administration of the programs, or portions of the programs, enumerated in this paragraph or assigned to the office by law, by the appropriations process, or by the Governor. Such expenditures shall be subject to review under chapter 216.
2. The office may enter into contracts in connection with the fulfillment of its duties concerning the Florida First Business Bond Pool under chapter 159, tax incentives under chapters 212 and 220, tax incentives under the Certified Capital Company Act in chapter 288, foreign offices under chapter 288, the Enterprise Zone program under chapter 290, the Seaport Employment Training program under chapter 311, the Florida Professional Sports Team License Plates under chapter 320, Spaceport Florida under chapter 331, Expedited Permitting under chapter 403, and in carrying out other functions that are specifically assigned to the office by law, by the appropriations process, or by the Governor.
(g) Administer the Black Business Loan Program, the purpose of which is to leverage state, local, and private funds to provide loans and loan guarantees to black business enterprises that cannot obtain capital through conventional lending institutions but that otherwise could compete successfully in the private sector.
(h) Serve as contract administrator for the state with respect to contracts with Enterprise Florida, Inc., the Florida Commission on Tourism, Space Florida, and all direct-support organizations under this act, excluding those relating to tourism. To accomplish the provisions of this act and applicable provisions of chapter 288, and notwithstanding the provisions of part I of chapter 287, the office shall enter into specific contracts with Enterprise Florida, Inc., the Florida Commission on Tourism, Space Florida, and other appropriate direct-support organizations. Such contracts may be multiyear and shall include specific performance measures for each year.
(i) Provide administrative oversight for the Office of Film and Entertainment, created under s. 288.1251, to develop, promote, and provide services to the state’s entertainment industry and to administratively house the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council created under s. 288.1252.
(j) Prepare and submit as a separate budget entity a unified budget request for tourism, trade, and economic development in accordance with chapter 216 for, and in conjunction with, Enterprise Florida, Inc., and its boards, the Florida Commission on Tourism and its direct-support organization, the Florida Black Business Investment Board, the Office of Film and Entertainment, and the direct-support organization created to promote the sports industry.
(k) Adopt rules, as necessary, to carry out its functions in connection with the administration of the Qualified Target Industry program, the Qualified Defense Contractor program, the Certified Capital Company Act, the Enterprise Zone program, and the Florida First Business Bond pool.
(3) The Chief Inspector General, as defined in s. 14.32:
(a) Shall advise public-private partnerships in their development, utilization, and improvement of internal control measures necessary to ensure fiscal accountability.
(b) May conduct, direct, and supervise audits relating to the programs and operations of public-private partnerships.
(c) Shall receive and investigate complaints of fraud, abuses, and deficiencies relating to programs and operations of public-private partnerships.
(d) May request and have access to any records, data, and other information of public-private partnerships that the Chief Inspector General deems necessary to carry out his or her responsibilities with respect to accountability.
(e) Shall monitor public-private partnerships for compliance with the terms and conditions of contracts with the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development and report noncompliance to the Governor.
(f) Shall advise public-private partnerships in the development, utilization, and improvement of performance measures for the evaluation of their operations.
(g) Shall review and make recommendations for improvements in the actions taken by public-private partnerships to meet performance standards.
(4) The director of the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall designate a position within the office to advocate and coordinate the interests of minority businesses. The person in this position shall report to the director and shall be the primary point of contact for the office on issues and projects important to the recruitment, creation, preservation, and growth of minority businesses.
(5) The director of the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall designate a position within the office to advocate and coordinate the interests of rural communities in the state. The person in this position shall report to the director and shall be the primary point of contact for the office on issues and projects important to the economic capacity of Florida’s rural communities.
(6)(a) In order to improve the state’s regulatory environment, the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall consider the impact of agency rules on businesses and serve as an advocate for businesses, particularly small businesses, in their dealings with state agencies.
(b) The office shall have powers and duties to:
1. Review proposed agency actions for impacts on small businesses and offer alternatives to mitigate such impacts, as provided in s. 120.54.
2. In consultation with the Governor’s rules ombudsman, make recommendations to agencies on any existing and proposed rules for alleviating unnecessary or disproportionate adverse effects to businesses.
(c) Use of the services authorized in this subsection does not preclude a person or business from dealing directly with an agency.
(d) In carrying out its duties under this subsection, the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development may consult with state agency personnel appointed to serve as economic development liaisons under s. 288.021.
(7) The Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall develop performance measures, standards, and sanctions for each program it administers under this act and, in conjunction with the applicable entity, for each program for which it contracts with another entity under this act. The performance measures, standards, and sanctions shall be developed in consultation with the legislative appropriations committees and the appropriate substantive committees, and are subject to the review and approval process provided in s. 216.177. The approved performance measures, standards, and sanctions shall be included and made a part of the strategic plan for the Office of Film and Entertainment and each contract entered into for delivery of programs authorized by this act.
(8) The Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall ensure that the contract between the Florida Commission on Tourism and the commission’s direct-support organization contains a provision to provide the data on the visitor counts and visitor profiles used in revenue estimating, employing the same methodology used in fiscal year 1995-1996 by the Department of Commerce. The Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development and the Florida Commission on Tourism must advise and consult with the Consensus Estimating Conference principals before making any changes in methodology used or information gathered.
(9) The Director of the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall serve as the state protocol officer. In consultation with the Governor and other governmental officials, the Director of the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development shall develop, maintain, publish, and distribute the state protocol manual.
(10) The Legislature authorizes the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development to provide assistance and facilities to the Organization of American States in establishing and maintaining a regional headquarters in this state.