HB 7167

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to the Florida Trade Data Center; amending
3ss. 288.012, 288.386, and 311.07, F.S.; revising
4requirements for the operating plans of the state's
5foreign offices, the coordination of activities by the
6Florida-Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative, and the use of
7program funds of the Florida Seaport Transportation and
8Economic Development Program, to delete provisions
9relating to the Florida Trade Data Center; providing an
10effective date.
12Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
14     Section 1.  Paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) of subsection (2)
15of section 288.012, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
16     288.012  State of Florida foreign offices.-The Legislature
17finds that the expansion of international trade and tourism is
18vital to the overall health and growth of the economy of this
19state. This expansion is hampered by the lack of technical and
20business assistance, financial assistance, and information
21services for businesses in this state. The Legislature finds
22that these businesses could be assisted by providing these
23services at State of Florida foreign offices. The Legislature
24further finds that the accessibility and provision of services
25at these offices can be enhanced through cooperative agreements
26or strategic alliances between state entities, local entities,
27foreign entities, and private businesses.
28     (2)  Each foreign office shall have in place an operational
29plan approved by the participating boards or other governing
30authority, a copy of which shall be provided to the Office of
31Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development. These operating plans
32shall be reviewed and updated each fiscal year and shall
33include, at a minimum, the following:
34     (c)  Provisions for access to information for Florida
35businesses related to through the Florida Trade Data Center.
36Each foreign office shall obtain and forward trade leads and
37inquiries to the center on a regular basis.
38     (d)  Identification of new and emerging market
39opportunities for Florida businesses. Each foreign office shall
40provide the Florida Trade Data Center with a compilation of
41foreign buyers and importers in industry sector priority areas
42on an annual basis. In return, the Florida Trade Data Center
43shall make available to each foreign office, and to Enterprise
44Florida, Inc., the Florida Commission on Tourism, the Florida
45Ports Council, the Department of State, the Department of
46Citrus, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
47trade industry, commodity, and opportunity information. This
48information shall be provided to such offices and entities
49either free of charge or on a fee basis with fees set only to
50recover the costs of providing the information.
51     (e)  Provision of access for Florida businesses to the
52services of the Florida Trade Data Center, international trade
53assistance services provided by state and local entities,
54seaport and airport information, and other services identified
55by the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development.
56     Section 2.  Subsection (2) of section 288.386, Florida
57Statutes, is amended to read:
58     288.386  Florida-Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative.-
59     (2)  To enhance initiative effectiveness and leverage
60resources, STEP shall coordinate initiative activities with
61Enterprise Florida, Inc., United States Export Assistance
62Centers, Florida Export Finance Corporation, Florida Trade Data
63Center, Small Business Development Centers, and any other
64organizations STEP deems appropriate. The coordination may
65encompass export assistance and referral services, export
66financing, job-training programs, educational programs, market
67research and development, market promotion, trade missions, e-
68commerce, and mentoring and matchmaking services relative to the
69expansion of trade between Florida and the Caribbean Basin. The
70initiative shall also form alliances with multilateral,
71international, and domestic funding programs from Florida, the
72United States, and the Caribbean Basin to coordinate systems and
73programs for fundamental assistance in facilitating trade and
75     Section 3.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section
76311.07, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
77     311.07  Florida seaport transportation and economic
78development funding.-
79     (3)(a)  Program funds shall be used to fund approved
80projects on a 50-50 matching basis with any of the deepwater
81ports, as listed in s. 403.021(9)(b), which is governed by a
82public body or any other deepwater port which is governed by a
83public body and which complies with the water quality provisions
84of s. 403.061, the comprehensive master plan requirements of s.
85163.3178(2)(k), and the local financial management and reporting
86provisions of part III of chapter 218. However, program funds
87used to fund projects that involve the rehabilitation of
88wharves, docks, berths, bulkheads, or similar structures shall
89require a 25-percent match of funds. Program funds also may be
90used by the Seaport Transportation and Economic Development
91Council to develop with the Florida Trade Data Center such trade
92data information products which will assist Florida's seaports
93and international trade.
94     Section 4.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.

CODING: Words stricken are deletions; words underlined are additions.