Port Canaveral, FL

12 Dec 2017

12 Dec 2017

2017 Transportation Summit

Join us at Port Canaveral on December 12, 2017 for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Transportation Solutions Summit.  During this one day event, Florida’s transportation experts, business leaders and policy makers will come together to take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities that face the Florida’s transportation systems today and into the next 20 years.

Did you know?

  • $160 billion of goods flow through Florida’s airports and seaports each year.
  • Florida has more than 500,000 jobs in transportation, trade, and logistics
  • Florida’s 19 commercial airports account for 10% of the nation’s total passengers.
  • Florida’s state highway system is used for more than 103.9 billion miles of vehicle travel annually.
  • Florida moves more than 98 million tons of freight on its more than 2,700 miles of rail lines annually.

By 2030 the Sunshine State is projected to grow by 6 million residents and welcome more than 150 million visitors every year. Now is the time to focus on the future.

Check out last year’s event agenda, and save the date for this year’s event!


Click here to learn more about our Transportation Summit speakers.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Executive Working Breakfast Ι 8:30 a.m.  

Welcome Comments Ι 9:00 a.m.

  • Doug Davidson, Global Commercial Banking Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Florida’s Economy and Transportation: Securing Florida’s Future 

  • Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Transportation and Florida 2030 

  • Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation

Transportation Disruptors –  2030 and Beyond:
What industry changes will Florida face in the future.

From Disruption to Innovation

Emerging technologies, trends and innovations. 


  • Trends in community design and the impact on infrastructure


  • Connecting people and opportunities


  • Florida’s opportunities for growth
    • Maurice Ferre, Commissioner, Florida Transportation Commission, Board Member of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION >
    • Christopher Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION >
  • Connecting to markets and logistics
    • Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes
    • Shelly Bernal, Consultant, FSBDC at Florida International University DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION >


  • When the current funding model goes away

Luncheon Keynote 

  • Jim Boxold, Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation

Response and Readiness
Transportation’s role in preparing businesses and communities for emergency situations.

  • Bryan Koon, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management

From Innovation to Transformation
Will our future transportation system evolve and retain the same stakeholders or are we looking at a new era? 

Infrastructure and Assets

  • Economic development opportunities
    • Moderator: Rob Palmer, Planning Group Leader, RS&H DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION >
    • John Kaliski, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
    • Syd Kitson, Chairman & CEO, Kitson & Partners


  • Alternatives to traditional transportation funding
    • Moderator: Beth Kigel, President and CEO, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce; Commissioner, Florida Transportation Commission
    • Douglas J. Callaway, Senior Policy Advisor, Florida Department of Transportation
    • Jose Felix Diaz, Florida House of Representatives
    • Bill Hanson, Vice President of Government Relations & U.S. Business Development, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation
    • Carlos Mallol, Vice President, MWH


  • Trends and patterns in connecting people to destinations and opportunities

Recommendations and Closing Comments
Review of recommendations and priorities, and next steps for the Florida 2030 initiative.

  • Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation