Welcome to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website.  Here, you will find information about workforce programs, community development opportunitiesand economic development initiatives and programs.

In 2011, Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature adopted a sweeping reorganization of our state’s economic development system.  As part of that reorganization, DEO was created as a single state agency charged with streamlining and coordinating Florida’s various economic policies, programs, and services.  DEO’s mission is to promote economic prosperity for all Floridians and businesses through successful workforce, community, and economic development strategies.  We aim to do this by providing services in a transparent, accountable, and efficient manner.  Every taxpayer dollar spent at DEO—whether on a business incentive, a community development grant, or through re-employment assistance—must be wisely deployed and carefully monitored.

As Governor Scott likes to say, “it’s working.”  Because of careful budgeting and pro-growth policies these past two years, the Florida economy is growing and our families are getting back to work.  DEO releases the state’s monthly job creation and unemployment ratetwelve times per year.  Unemployment has declined sharply since Governor Scott took office and significant job creation is occurring across the state.  Florida is outpacing most other states, and the nation as a whole, on these measures.  We are on our way to realizing the vision of Florida as the nation’s top performing economy and the world’s best place to do business.

But there is more work to do.  We must continue to promote sound policy and pursue growth opportunities.  Governor Scott, the Department of Economic Opportunity, and all of our state and regional partners are committed to ensuring our state’s economy continues to improve for Florida’s families.

Please contact us with questions, comments, and ideas.  Thank you for visiting.

Jesse Panuccio
Executive Director
Department of Economic Opportunity


Jesse Panuccio joined the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) as Executive Director on January 8, 2013. Prior to joining DEO, he served as the General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott, where he managed the legal affairs and staff of the Governor’s office, helped direct and coordinate litigation and legal policy across state agencies, advised the Governor on over eighty judicial nominations, and served as the Governor’s chief ethics officer.

Before joining the Scott administration, Panuccio practiced law with the Washington D.C.-based law firm of Cooper & Kirk PLLC, where he focused on complex federal and constitutional cases in both trial and appellate courts.

Panuccio received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

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