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 strengthened the ties between economic, community, and workforce programs, while streamlining agency operations.

Recently, Florida became the third most populous state in the nation, and in 2015 Florida’s population increased to more than 20 million people, according to the U.S. Census. Around 800 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 New York, the nation, and most of the ten most populous states.

In December, we learned that the state has added more than 1 million private-sector jobs over the past five years. The state’s unemployment rate in November 2015 was down to 5.0 percent, job openings have reached an all-time high, and the labor force continues to grow. Florida’s economy is resurgent and I look forward to 2016 as we continue to implement 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. As director of DEO, Proctor coordinates and manages statewide workforce programs, community development opportunities, and economic development initiatives. Proctor oversees the department’s 1,600 employees and $1 billion budget.

Over the past three years, she has served the agency as Chief of Staff, Director of the Division of Strategic Business Development, and Deputy Legislative Affairs Director. In that time, she has spearheaded the effort to streamline the state’s incentive process to attract more businesses to Florida and to promote the creation and expansion of businesses within the state. These economic development partnerships have helped generate economic prosperity for communities and cities across Florida.

Proctor has built relationships with Legislators, the business community, and policy experts across the country to ensure the department is effectively serving businesses, communities, and individuals so that Florida is the best place to live, learn, play, work and do business.

Before joining the department, 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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