This legislative session, the Florida Chamber helped pass a bill that simplified the designation of a brownfield through clear and efficient government processes.
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Did You Know: Approximately Five Percent of Florida’s $800 Billion Economy Consists of Manufacturing
Approximately five percent of Florida’s $800 billion economy consists of manufacturing? That figure, relatively stable throughout the past 10 years, nationally ranks the Sunshine State 47 in manufacturing’s share of economic activity – a ranking that Florida is working to improve on.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce encourages you to vote in the upcoming primary election. Early voting has already begun in several counties, and for many other counties, early voting begins tomorrow, Saturday, August 16. Early voting offers you more flexibility in your schedule and often takes less time, as the lines are usually shorter than on Election Day (Tuesday, August 26).
Florida businesses created 2,100 private-sector jobs, according to new state economic data released today. Additionally, the statewide unemployment rate for July 2014 remains at 6.2 percent, down 1.1 percentage points from the July 2013 rate of 7.3 percent.
Yesterday, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge issued a summary judgment that the Florida workers’ compensation system is unconstitutional.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce and former Gov. Jeb Bush today expressed concerns about Amendment 2 and the problems it could create by allowing large scale marijuana commercialization and sales in Florida, and added their voices to the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition.
With the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit just two days away, this week’s special edition Did You Know? features an industry analysis on the military and defense industries. Read below for highlights from the analysis and click here to access the full length report.
Beginning this Friday, August 1 and lasting through Sunday, August 3, many Florida residents will take advantage of our state’s annual “Back-to-School” sales tax holiday. The Florida Chamber of Commerce encourages shoppers to take advantage of this opportunity to purchase select items tax free.
While the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe (CAT) Fund recently announced hurricane assessments would end nearly a year earlier than expected – January 2015— Florida’s largest property insurance provider, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (CPIC), receives close to $310 million per year in assessments levied on non-CPIC policies? These assessments are a tax designed to subsidize CPIC in the event of a catastrophic hurricane from Floridians and Florida businesses holding any type of property and casualty insurance policy including homeowners, renters and business insurance.
Did you know? Since 2010, Florida’s labor demand in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields has increased by more than 63 percent. Currently, there are more than 55,000 unfilled STEM jobs in Florida. That demand is felt throughout the state, including within the growing $5 billion modeling, simulation and training industry.