Economic Development

  • Jun- 2021 -
    9 June

    Florida Currently has MORE Jobs Looking for People Than People Looking for Jobs

    Florida is at a crossroads, and as we continue uniting the business community to ensure the right things happen in Florida, I am writing this afternoon with breaking news surrounding Florida’s workforce crisis. As you know, we track key Florida metrics tied to reaching our Florida 2030 Blueprint goals on the TheFloridaScorecard.org — and as of this morning, Florida currently has MORE jobs looking for people, than people looking for jobs. This is obviously unsustainable.…

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  • Apr- 2021 -
    30 April

    Florida’s Economy Wins with Florida Chamber-Backed, Pro-Jobs Policy Passed this Legislative Session

    Florida’s Legislative Session by the Numbers: More than 3,140 Bills and PCBs filed, 275 Bills passed both chambers First ever over $100 billion budget passed Florida Chamber of Commerce testified more than 123 times Florida Chamber of Commerce is analyzing thousands of votes and will soon release its Legislative Scorecard TALLAHASSEE, FL. (April 30, 2021)— While other states’ Legislative Sessions were focused on what taxes to raise, what services to cut, or what promises to break…

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  • 1 April

    Florida Chamber Foundation Launches Florida Equality of Opportunity Initiative

    TALLAHASSEE, FL (April 1, 2021)— Florida is at a crossroads. “The battle of this generation is between economic equality and economic opportunity—between those who believe that everyone is entitled to equal outcomes and those who believe everyone should have an equal opportunity at earned success.” -Mark Wilson, Florida Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO U.S. Congressional Testimony Welfare and Free Enterprise – March 2016 When the Florida Chamber Foundation embarked on a research-driven strategic initiative…

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  • Feb- 2021 -
    10 February

    The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Veterans Florida Launch Florida SkillBridge Coalition

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. February 10, 2021 — The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Veterans Florida today announced the launch of Florida SkillBridge coalition, a coalition of industry partners aimed at providing assistance for transitioning servicemembers and employers into Florida’s growing workforce. The coalition will promote the Department of Defense (DOD) SkillBridge Program to employers and transitioning servicemembers across Florida, assist businesses in obtaining DOD SkillBridge approval for skilled workforce training, as well as train, retain, and…

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  • Apr- 2020 -
    7 April

    Florida Chamber Healthcare Partnership Survey

    Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees is seeking your input on the CDC’s newest guidelines regarding masks and cloth coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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  • 2 April

    Small Business Loan Survey

    There are several loan programs to help small businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Senator Marco Rubio worked extensively on the CARES Act, which primarily benefits small businesses with the Paycheck Protection Program.  As we continue conversations with Senator Rubio, the congressional delegation, our partners in the banking industry and at the SBA and SBDC, your input will help us guide future changes to these lending program to ensure small businesses are getting the…

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  • Feb- 2020 -
    25 February

    DEO’s Ken Lawson Shares Importance of Investing in VISIT FLORIDA, the QTI Program, and Communities Impacted by Hurricanes

    CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR SHARE YOUR RESILIENCY PLAN With the Florida Legislature currently putting finishing touches on Florida’s next state budget, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity CEO Ken Lawson tells the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line that Floridians enjoy a friendly tax climate because of Florida’s visitors contributing to the economy. “By virtue of tourism, we’re not paying a state income tax. Out-of-state tourists are investing in Florida, spending money across the state, that…

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  • 25 February

    Florida Chamber Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish Details The Coronavirus’ Threats on Florida’s Economy

    “With companies cutting their GDP forecasts, 30-year mortgages at an eight-year low, and manufacturers idling their factories because of supply-chain issues, all of this is having an effect on Florida’s economy.” – Dr. Jerry Parrish TALLAHASSEE, Fla (February 25, 2020) – Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish says Florida should be “concerned, but not panicked” about the coronavirus’s threats on Florida’s economy. “Yesterday the Dow dropped by more than 1,000 points, companies are cutting…

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  • 25 February

    Florida’s Top Economic Development Leader Pushes for VISIT FLORIDA and Qualified Targeted Industry Investments

    Shares How Florida’s DEO is Helping with Long-Term Hurricane Disaster Relief TALLAHASSEE, Fla (February 25, 2020) – With the Florida Legislature currently putting finishing touches on Florida’s next state budget, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity CEO Ken Lawson tells the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line that Floridians enjoy a friendly tax climate because of Florida’s visitors contributing to the economy. “By virtue of tourism, we’re not paying a state income tax,” said Lawson. “Out-of-state tourists are…

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  • 12 February

    Governor DeSantis’s Legislative Affairs Director Stephanie Kopelousos Shares Insights on EFI, Legal Reform & VISIT FLORIDA on the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line

    TALLAHASSEE, FL (February 12, 2020) – When Governor Ron DeSantis outlined his 2020 legislative priorities during his annual State of the State speech just five weeks ago, he encouraged lawmakers to continue improving on Florida’s bottom-five legal environment by passing meaningful lawsuit abuse reforms. On the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Stephanie Kopelousos, Legislative Affairs Director for Governor Ron DeSantis explains why it’s important to improve on Florida’s bottom-five legal climate. “I…

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  • 12 February

    Gov. DeSantis’s Legislative Director Gives Insights on Enterprise Florida, Legal Reform & VISIT FLORIDA

    SHARE YOUR LAWSUIT ABUSE CONCERNS HELP SECURE FLORIDA’S TOURISM INDUSTRY When Governor Ron DeSantis outlined his 2020 legislative priorities during his annual State of the State speech just five weeks ago, he encouraged lawmakers to continue improving on Florida’s bottom five legal environment by passing meaning lawsuit abuse reforms. On the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Stephanie Kopelousos, Legislative Affairs Director for Governor Ron DeSantis explains why it’s important to improve on…

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  • Jan- 2020 -
    21 January

    Qualified Targeted Industries Help Create High-Wage Jobs

    Did you know that targeting certain industries will help diversify and expand Florida’s economy and create high-wage jobs? Industries such as aviation and aerospace, informational technology, manufacturing, logistics and distribution, and others help to diversify Florida’s economy, create high paying jobs and increase economic output. Right now, Florida’s industry diversification ranking is 19th in the U.S. We believe we can and must do better, and we’ve made it our goal to grow Florida’s industry diversification…

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  • 21 January

    Florida Voters Strong on Governor DeSantis, Down on Impeachment Removal from Office, Concerned Most About Healthcare Costs and Finding Skilled Workers

    Latest Florida Chamber Political Poll and Small Business Survey Show TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 21, 2020) – Governor Ron DeSantis continues to enjoy strong approval ratings among voters (68-18 percent), which is helping bolster voters’ feelings that Florida is moving in the right direction (63 to 24 percent), according to the latest statewide poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. And as the impeachment trial gets underway in the U.S. Senate today, Florida voters do not…

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  • 21 January

    Survey Says…Workforce Quality Still Keeping Job Creators Up at Night

    DOWNLOAD SURVEY RESULTS JOIN SMALL BUSINESS COUNCIL Even though Florida is outpacing the national average is jobs created, survey results from the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s First Quarter Small Business Index Survey show that workforce continues to be the top concern among Florida small businesses. The is the 11th quarter out of 12 that small businesses have ranked this issue among their top concern. “While Florida’s job creators should expect a strong 2020, continuing to…

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  • 13 January

    Florida Chamber Releases 2020 Jobs Agenda

    FLORIDA CHAMBER’S 2020 JOBS AGENDA Keeping Florida’s Momentum Going and Predicting 200,000 New Jobs in 2020 “Making Florida more competitive is essential for job and economic growth.” MARK WILSON, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce TALLAHASSEE, FL (January 13, 2020) – Job creators are gathering in Tallahassee this week with optimism that Florida can keep the momentum going, create 200,000 new jobs this year, and strengthen Florida’s economy even more through actions by the…

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