Section 288.901, Florida Statutes 2009
288.901 Enterprise Florida, Inc.; creation; membership; organization; meetings; disclosure.--
(1) There is created a not-for-profit corporation, to be known as "Enterprise Florida, Inc.," which shall be registered, incorporated, organized, and operated in compliance with chapter 617, and which shall not be a unit or entity of state government. The Legislature determines, however, that public policy dictates that Enterprise Florida, Inc., operate in the most open and accessible manner consistent with its public purpose. To this end, the Legislature specifically declares that Enterprise Florida, Inc., and its boards and advisory committees or similar groups created by Enterprise Florida, Inc., are subject to the provisions of chapter 119, relating to public records and those provisions of chapter 286 relating to public meetings and records.
(2) Enterprise Florida, Inc., shall establish one or more corporate offices, at least one of which shall be located in Leon County. The Department of Management Services may establish a lease agreement program under which Enterprise Florida, Inc., may hire any individual who, as of June 30, 1996, is employed by the 1Department of Commerce or who, as of January 1, 1997, is employed by the Executive Office of the Governor and has responsibilities specifically in support of the Workforce Development Board established under 2s. 288.9620. Under such agreement, the employee shall retain his or her status as a state employee but shall work under the direct supervision of Enterprise Florida, Inc. Retention of state employee status shall include the right to participate in the Florida Retirement System. The Department of Management Services shall establish the terms and conditions of such lease agreements.
(3) Enterprise Florida, Inc., shall be governed by a board of directors. The board of directors shall consist of the following members:
(a) The Governor or the Governor's designee.
(b) The Commissioner of Education or the commissioner's designee.
(c) The Chief Financial Officer or his or her designee.
(d) A member of the Senate, who shall be appointed by the President of the Senate as an ex officio member of the board and serve at the pleasure of the President.
(e) A member of the House of Representatives, who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives as an ex officio member of the board and serve at the pleasure of the Speaker.
(f) The chairperson of the board of directors of Workforce Florida, Inc.
(g) Twelve members from the private sector, six of whom shall be appointed by the Governor, three of whom shall be appointed by the President of the Senate, and three of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. All appointees are subject to Senate confirmation. In making such appointments, the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall ensure that the composition of the board is reflective of the diversity of Florida's business community, and to the greatest degree possible shall include, but not be limited to, individuals representing large companies, small companies, minority companies, and individuals representing municipal, county, or regional economic development organizations. Of the 12 members from the private sector, 7 must have significant experience in international business, with expertise in the areas of transportation, finance, law, and manufacturing. The Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall also consider whether the current board members, together with potential appointees, reflect the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity, as well as the geographic distribution, of the population of the state.
(h) The Secretary of State or the secretary's designee.
(4)(a) Vacancies on the board shall be filled by appointment by the Governor, the President of the Senate, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively, depending on who appointed the member whose vacancy is to be filled or whose term has expired.
(b) Members appointed by the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be appointed for terms of 4 years. Any member is eligible for reappointment.
(5) A vacancy on the board of directors shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term.
(6) Appointive members may be removed by the Governor, the President of the Senate, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively, for cause. Absence from three consecutive meetings results in automatic removal.
(7) The Governor shall serve as chairperson of the board of directors. The board of directors shall biennially elect one of its members as vice chairperson. The president shall keep a record of the proceedings of the board of directors and is the custodian of all books, documents, and papers filed with the board of directors, the minutes of the board of directors, and the official seal of Enterprise Florida, Inc.
(8) The board of directors shall meet at least four times each year, upon the call of the chairperson, at the request of the vice chairperson, or at the request of a majority of the membership. A majority of the total number of current voting directors shall constitute a quorum. The board of directors may take official action by a majority vote of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is present.
(9) Members of the board of directors shall serve without compensation, but members, the president, and staff may be reimbursed for all reasonable, necessary, and actual expenses, as determined by the board of directors of Enterprise Florida, Inc.
(10) Each member of the board of directors of Enterprise Florida, Inc., who is not otherwise required to file financial disclosure pursuant to s. 8, Art. II of the State Constitution or s. 112.3144, shall file disclosure of financial interests pursuant to s. 112.3145.
(11) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (3), the board of directors may by resolution appoint at-large members to the board from the private sector, each of whom may serve a term of up to 3 years. At-large members shall have the powers and duties of other members of the board. An at-large member is eligible for reappointment but may not vote on his or her own reappointment. An at-large member shall be eligible to fill vacancies occurring among private sector appointees under subsection (3).
History.--s. 2, ch. 92-277; s. 2, ch. 94-232; s. 881, ch. 95-148; s. 80, ch. 96-320; s. 28, ch. 97-278; s. 27, ch. 99-251; s. 80, ch. 2000-165; s. 348, ch. 2003-261; s. 4, ch. 2005-66.
1Note.--Section 20.17, which created the Department of Commerce, was repealed effective December 31, 1996, by s. 3, ch. 96-320.
2Note.--Transferred to s. 288.9952 by s. 53, ch. 99-251; further transferred to s. 445.004 by s. 4, ch. 2000-165.