Orlando, FL

08 Aug 2017

08 Aug 2017

2017 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit


Videos     Agenda     Meet the Speakers



#IsFLReady to Support the Future of Florida’s Military, Defense and Veterans?

On August 8, 2017, Florida’s business leaders, industry experts, elected officials and more gathered in Orlando for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit to discuss the future of these industries.  Florida is moving in the right direction. Consider the following:

  • Approximately $80 billion worth of economic activity happens because of Florida’s military and defense industries- that’s nearly 10 percent of Florida’s economy
  • Florida’s military and defense industries help support nearly 775,000 Florida jobs
  • There are more than 1.5 million veterans who call Florida home
  • Florida ranks among the top three states with the highest number of veteran-owned businesses

As Florida works toward a future that will need 2 million more net new jobs, in the midst of technological advancements, industry disruption, base realignments and more, is our state ready to support the future of Florida’s Military, Defense and Veterans?

We asked attendees at this event one question- see what they said.


Interested in being a part of the 2018 Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit? Check out the highlight reel from this year’s event below.



On-Site from the Military Summit: Commissioner Adam Putnam

We had a chance to catch up with Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam after he spoke at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit in Orlando. Hear what he had to say about the future of these industries.



#IsFLReady for the Future of Military, Defense & Veterans?

We encourage you to share our new FloridaWins.org video and help spread the word on why Florida’s military, defense and veteran industries are key to Florida’s economic development. Tag us on social media using #IsFLReady and @FLFChamberFDN .