• ‘Live Healthy’ Legislation Focused on Strengthening Florida’s Healthcare Workforce Headed to the Governor’s Desk

    By: Sarah Katherine Massey, Director of Talent, Education & Quality of Life Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce With the Florida Chamber’s support, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo has spent this legislative session prioritizing how to address the current and anticipated future healthcare workforce shortages in Florida. Her healthcare package titled ‘Live Healthy’ is now headed to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature after passing with overwhelming support. The Florida Chamber of Commerce advocated for efforts to address Florida’s healthcare workforce needs as a robust talent pipeline advances the Florida 2030…

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  • Inflation Continues to Cool in 2024 but at a Slower Rate Than Expected

    By: Sheridan Meek, Senior Research Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation Rising inflation concerns have been on the top of both consumer and business leaders’ minds heading into 2024. Beginning in 2021, inflation in the U.S. started to climb rapidly, hitting its peak in mid-2022. Since then, inflation has experienced a period of cooling, but still remains well above the stable levels from years prior. The first inflation rate release of 2024 shows that inflation is continuing…

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  • Floridians’ Outlook on the Economy Hits Highest Level in the Past Two Years

    By: Sheridan Meek, Senior Research Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation TheFloridaScorecard.org stays up to date with Florida’s latest consumer sentiment – an indexed metric that measures Floridians’ outlook on the economy. Consumer sentiment among Floridians was 72.8 in January, an increase of 3.3 points over the month, and 7.5 points over the year. This is the most positive outlook Floridians have had in over 2 years. After 2022 and 2023 having the first and third worst…

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  • Member Spotlight: Lake-Sumter State College

        We sat down with Dr. Heather Bigard, President of Lake Sumter State College to ask a few important questions: Q: What does your business do? A: Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers a high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. LSSC embraces its mission as a community college to increase access and opportunity for all learners in its community. As a proud member of the Florida College…

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  • Leading Voices: Three Questions with Juan Chaluja, SVP Market Leadership, Florida Blue

          We sat down with Florida Chamber Board of Director Member Juan Chaluja, SVP Market Leadership with Florida Blue to answer three important questions: What is one piece of advice you would share with your peers? Always seek feedback. Many people appreciate the value of a mentor, it is crucial for personal and professional growth. These important advisers offer valuable insights, knowledge, and advice that can significantly impact your life. Mentors provide a unique…

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