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“This is why we live here,” Dan likes to say. And he’s right, of course. Ever since I moved here in the late ’70s, I still pinch myself every time I cross that bridge, silently exclaiming, “I live here!”
Our incredible natural environment and quality of life have always been the economic engines of this region. And that’s not just because they pull in affluent retirees who want to relax in the sun. In this issue, national relocation expert John Rhodes says most of the companies and entrepreneurs who move here come because they believe they’ll be working in paradise. Most often they’re introduced to the area when they visit family members or come for a beach vacation. These are not the CEOs of huge companies that bring in hundreds of employees; more likely, they are entrepreneurs or owners of closely held companies, and, in addition to falling in love with our warm, sunny cities by the Gulf they’ve found Florida’s lower taxes (and they still are lower than in most other states), affordable labor and utility costs, and our airport also make the move worthwhile.
And since this is the month that celebrates falling in love, we looked into the topic of office romance. It’s not surprising that love often blooms in the workplace, since that’s where people spend so much of their time. But is that a good thing? Reporter Nancy Wollin talked to human resource experts and some real live workers who were willing to go public with their stories. To see whether they all lived (and worked) happily ever after, turn to page 26.