• Makayla Buchanan Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently announced that Makayla Buchanan, Director of Early Learning & Literacy of the Florida Chamber Foundation was selected to participate in the tenth cohort of its premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity…

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    • Manufacturing is a Major Opportunity in Florida

      By: Mark Wilson, President, Florida Chamber of Commerce & Foundation Recognizing the essential role manufacturing plays in the growth of a diverse economy, one of the Florida 2030 Blueprint’s goals for Florida is to significantly grow Florida into a top 5 state for manufacturing jobs. Since the release of the Blueprint in 2018, Florida has added 58,300 manufacturing jobs, now ranking #11 in the country – solidly surpassing New York and behind Georgia by 8,000…

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    • Florida Chamber of Commerce Announces Second Round of 2024 Legislative Endorsements

      The Florida Chamber of Commerce is again uniting Florida’s business community to help make Florida more competitive, and today endorsed a bipartisan list of 19 additional candidates running for election this year. These candidates underwent a thorough vetting by the business community as part of the Florida Chamber Political Institute’s Candidate Interview process.  Covering five cities over six weeks, more than 80 business organizations joined together to interview over 100 candidates for state legislative office.…

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    • Florida’s Economy Shows High Growth, Dips One Spot to 16th Largest Global Economy

      By: Keith Richard, Ph.D., Vice President of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation Newly released data reflected on TheFloridaScorecard.org for 2023 shows that if Florida were an independent country, it would be ranked the 16th largest economy in the world by gross domestic product (GDP). This represents a change from Florida’s previous GDP ranking as the 15th largest economy in the world. While on the surface this may seem concerning, Florida’s latest annual GDP stands at $1.58…

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    • New Education Scores Show Movement Towards Florida 2030 Blueprint Goals

      By: Sheridan Morby, Senior Research Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation Florida’s latest 3rd and 8th-grade reading scores were recently released, reflecting progress toward Florida 2030-related education goals. According to TheFloridaScorecard.org, 3rd-grade reading scores increased by 5 percentage points to 55%, while 8th-grade reading scores rose 4 percentage points to 51%. Math scores were also released, showing a slight increase in 3rd-grade math proficiency to 60%, while 8th-grade math proficiency dipped by 1 percentage point to 54%. Click HERE to…

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