Florida isn’t only the hottest new residential destination for freedom-loving Americans, it’s also becoming the go-to state for businesses across the country who prefer to have some or all of their operations in the low-tax, business-friendly state.
According to Fox Business, Florida’s “business-friendly climate” is exactly why entertainment giant Disney made the decision to move some of its operations from California to Florida, revealing in a recent letter to Fox that it plans to shuffle some 2,000 jobs to the Sunshine State.
New campus planned
Of course, Disney isn’t a stranger to Florida, as the company operates a successful theme park there and already has roughly 60,000 employees in the state.
Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, told Fox Business that the state’s “business-friendly climate” is part of the reason why the company is moving thousands of its employees across the country to a new campus.
“This new regional campus gives us the opportunity to consolidate our teams and be more collaborative and impactful both from a creative and operational standpoint,” D’Amaro’s statement read.
The new campus that will house the new East coast operations branch will be built near Orlando in Lake Nona, Florida. The development is expected to be completed within about 18 months.
Rumors have swirled for years about a potential move to Florida for the company, and D’Amaro confirmed that the move to Florida has been formally planned since 2019.
Not only is Florida lightyears ahead of California as far as welcoming states for businesses, both large and small, but the state took a vastly different approach to the COVID-19 pandemic response — an approach that seems to be favored by Disney CEO Bob Chapek.
Chapek criticized California’s handling of the pandemic, as it forced the shutdown of its Disneyland park for months. Florida opened back up for entertainment, under the guidance of available and logical science, nine months before California opened Disneyland to the public, as Breitbart noted.
“Friends, legislators, Floridians, lend me your ears: We will not let anybody close your schools, we will not let anybody take your jobs and we will not let anybody close your businesses!” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in March of this year.
California will likely lose more business giants in the future, as rumors have swirled regarding the departure of tech giants such as Hewlett Packard and Oracle.
Whether businesses move their operations to Florida or somewhere else, virtually any other state in the nation is a step up from operating out of California.