Orlando, FL

09 Aug 2017

09 Aug 2017

Florida International Trade and Investment Conference


Agenda   Foreign Direct Investment Report


The Florida Chamber’s 2017 Florida International Trade and Investment Conference serves as a platform. To keep business leaders from across the state informed about Florida’s international trade efforts, the latest international market intelligence and foreign direct investment strategies.

The power-packed agenda featured two informative presentations on foreign direct investment. Adrian Jones, General Manager of Legoland® Florida Resort, and Chris Appleton, Chief Financial Officer for Embraer, presented on why Florida is the ideal state for their companies to invest in, and how Florida has helped their companies grow. Both speakers also touched on their respective companies future investments in Florida.

We were honored to be joined by the next Florida Senate President, Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), and Representative Frank White (R-Pensacola), who both spoke to the importance of trade to their respective regions, as well as the importance statewide. Senator Galvano and Representative White also shared how continued focus on trade and investment will help the state grow jobs and the economy.

We were also delighted to hear from Doug Davidson, Chair of the Florida Chamber Foundation and Market Executive with Bank of America, and Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. Davidson provided an overview of the Florida 2030 Project, and shared recent data and trends from our research and regional meetings. Dr. Parrish presented the findings of the latest Florida Direct Investment Report, which found that Florida’s FDI almost doubled year over year.

Rounding out the day were informative panel discussions which focused on how to better leverage Florida’s assets, the importance of collaboration and the need for better integration between business and education for improved workforce outcomes. Panelists shared strategies, as well as opportunities to attract more investment to Florida.

The Florida Chamber is already in the process of planning our 2018 Florida International Trade and Investment Conference. To be the first to know when registration opens for next year’s conference, click here.

We hope you are able to join us next year as we continue leading the fight to secure Florida’s future.