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Florida’s military and defense industry helps employ nearly 775,000 Floridians to work each year and contributes almost $80 billion to our economy.

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2018’s Best & Worst Places for Military Retirees

According to the Veterans Association, there are over 19.6 million veterans currently living in the U.S.

To help military veterans find the best places in which to settle down roots based on their status, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 18 key indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness. Two Florida cities – Tampa and Orlando – are among the top ten.

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Florida’s military and defense industries are an incredible economic driver for Florida. 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, our state must be ready to support the future of Florida’s Military, Defense and Veterans.


Florida Chamber Foundation Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit

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The Florida Chamber Foundation leads the state in future-focused research and continues to be a catalyst for positive change. But, we need your help to secure Florida’s future. Getting involved is easy.




 You can help drive Florida’s future. Get involved by contacting Aaron Kinnon at 850-521-1253.