Governor DeSantis Signs Infrastructure Bill Into Law

Governor DeSantis, Florida Legislature Take Steps to Prepare Florida’s Infrastructure for the Future

By Signing SB 7068 Into Law, Elected Leaders Prepare for the 4.5 Million More Residents & Millions of New Drivers Expected by 2030

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 17, 2019) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce congratulates Governor Ron DeSantis for signing a bipartisan supported infrastructure bill into law, and joining the Florida Legislature in preparing for the millions of more residents and drivers that will soon call Florida home.

Research from the Florida Chamber Foundation shows that Florida can expect 4.5 million new residents by 2030, in addition to the hundreds of millions of visitors over the same timeframe. Moreover, another three million new drivers will be on Florida roadways by 2030.

Thankfully, Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature recognized that Florida will have another three million new drivers on our roadways by 2030, and that we need to plan smart and work fast to keep up with Florida’s growth or risk becoming like California,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce.

SB 7068 is moving forward with what Washington, D.C. hasn’t done yet – move forward with bold plans on how to improve our transportation infrastructure. Under SB 7068, the challenges that come with 900 new Floridians moving here each day can be minimized. Specifically, SB 7068:

  1. New transportation connections will be researched and, if appropriate, funded to ease congestion and create more efficient and safe hurricane evacuation routes.
  2. Connections to rural and suburban communities will be better linked to the urban economic drivers of the state, reducing commute times and increasing opportunity.
  3. Florida’s planning processes will take into consideration new technologies like connected and autonomous vehicles, which are already on some Florida roadways.

All of these things will happen alongside important environmental analyses and many stakeholder group meetings.

“I understand there are some that will always oppose smart growth and opportunities, believing that a thriving economy cannot coexist with responsible environmentalism or that our roadways are already adequate for the future. There are also some that believe nothing can be bipartisan anymore. The Florida Chamber disagrees. Moving goods, residents, and visitors is a paramount concern for Florida’s economy and that concern is felt by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike,” Wilson added.

The Florida Chamber believes SB 7068 is a step in the right direction, and hopefully the first of many.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Encourage Governor DeSantis to Sign Infrastructure Bill Into Law

Yesterday Governor Ron DeSantis received the Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed infrastructure bill, SB 7068. The clock is now ticking, and the Governor needs to hear from you.

With 4.5 million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, the legislature took steps in the right direction to prepare Florida for future needs. Mirrored after the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition recommendations, this bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

ICYMI: Read what Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson wrote in the Ocala Star Banner about why Governor Ron DeSantis should sign this bipartisan bill.

Despite the bipartisan support, there are still some that will always oppose smart growth and opportunities, believing that a thriving economy cannot coexist with responsible environmentalism or that our roadways are already adequate for the future. Indeed, there are environmental groups fighting against this smart growth bill, publicly targeting the Florida Chamber for smartly preparing for Florida’s future growth just as they are heavily lobbying Governor DeSantis to veto this bill.

Please Take Action Today

Take two minutes to email and urge Governor DeSantis to sign SB 7068 into law. Florida has to be prepared for the future, and this is a step in the right direction.

Email Governor DeSantis HERE.

Florida Chamber Urges Congress to Ratify Mexico/Canada Trade Agreement

Florida Politics, May 10, 2019

Florida has never been better positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that improved access can bring.

International trade is in the news a lot these days.

While new trade tariffs on China have just gone into effect, many in Florida remain eager for Congress to advance a vote on the United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) as soon as possible.

With one in five Florida jobs dependent on trade, the important role that global trade plays in creating jobs, growing opportunities for small businesses and increasing foreign direct investment simply can’t be overstated.

Just as the Florida Chamber of Commerce celebrates May as World Trade Month, we’re also supporting global trade efforts that will help ensure Florida continues creating high-wage jobs.

By making more products and services for exporting, moving more imports and exports through our state’s seaports and airports, and providing more opportunities for Florida’s citizens and businesses, Florida will be more competitive.

Free and fair trade for Florida is a no brainer.

Florida’s geography, history and cultural connections have served as a strong foundation for dynamic and robust trade relationships. We’re a $1 trillion GDP, and if we were a country, Florida would rank 17th in the world.

Canada and Mexico rank among Florida’s top trading partners, a $15 billion two-way trade market for our state (and growing) — a fact that many are unaware of. Florida has made significant strides over the years to tap into Canada and Mexico and grow our market share. Canada is now one of our most important trading partners for exports, investment, services trade and imports.

Over the past few years, Mexico has leapfrogged into a key export market for Florida origin goods and services, imports and has increased its investments into our state.

Florida has never been better positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that improved access can bring.

Much needed improvements have been made to the original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which was approved during a time our world was just beginning to enter the internet age, and had not witnessed the supply chain disruptions of e-commerce nor the growth in services trade. Since then, Florida has surpassed most states in the nation in economic growth and job creation, thanks in no small part to trade.

Florida has continued to make strategic and sound investments in our workforce, and trade and transportation infrastructure that have helped us grow and become a logistics power house.

That’s a message we’ll share next week as the Florida Chamber leads a delegation to Washington, D.C. to encourage elected leaders to ratify the USMCA, to invest in infrastructure and advocate for the new Space Command military branch to be located in Florida.

The North American region is the most dynamic trading bloc on the globe.

Passage of USMCA will make Florida more competitive as we grow into a global hub for trade — a global marketplace.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges Congress to advance a vote in support of the USMCA.

David Hart is the executive vice president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and can be contacted at dhart@flchamber.com.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Leads Delegation of Job Creators to Washington, D.C.

Advocacy Efforts Focus on Trade, Private Sector Job Growth and Economic Prosperity

WASHINGTON D.C. (May 14, 2019) — The Florida Chamber of Commerce is taking its advocacy efforts to Washington, D.C. this week, in support of private-sector job creation, international trade, and creating more opportunities for economic prosperity. The Florida Chamber’s delegation includes business leaders from across Florida, representing small businesses and the state’s largest employers, and will include meetings with Florida’s Congressional Delegation, federal agencies and foreign dignitaries.

Spearheaded by the Florida Chamber’s federal advocacy team, the “D.C. Fly-In” is occurring while the nation’s Capital celebrates National Infrastructure Week, and falls on the heels of the Florida Chamber’s reinforced undertaking of its long and steady infrastructure and growth leadership efforts through the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition.

“While new trade tariffs on China have just gone into effect, many in Florida remain eager for Congress to advance a vote on the United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) as soon as possible,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to sharing that message in Washington, D.C. as well as advocating for the new Space Command military branch to be located in Florida.”

The Florida Chamber’s “D.C. Fly-In” delegation will focus their attention on promoting Florida as a destination for foreign direct investment, a hub for global trade and more. Meetings will take place with:

  • United States Senator Marco Rubio (R)
  • United States Senator Rick Scott (R)
  • Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D, FL-7)
  • Congressman Michael Waltz (R, FL 6)
  • Congressman Vern Buchanan (R, FL-16)
  • Congressman Dan Webster (R, FL-11)
  • Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R, FL-25)
  • William Zarit, Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in China
  • And more.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Urge Governor DeSantis to Sign Florida Chamber-Backed Infrastructure Bill Into Law

Governor Ron DeSantis today officially received the Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed infrastructure bill – SB 7068.

With 4.5 million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, the legislature took major strides to prepare for Florida’s future growth with SB 7068. Mirrored after the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition recommendations, this bill passed with bipartisan support.

ICYMI: Read what Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson wrote in the Ocala Star Banner about why Governor Ron DeSantis should sign this bipartisan bill.


There are some that will always oppose smart growth and opportunities, believing that a thriving economy cannot coexist with responsible environmentalism or that our roadways are already adequate for the future. Indeed, there are environmental groups fighting against this smart growth bill, publicly targeting the Florida Chamber for smartly preparing for Florida’s future growth just as they are heavily lobbying Governor DeSantis to veto this bill.

Please Take Action Today

Take two minutes to email and urge Governor DeSantis to sign SB 7068 into law. Florida has to be prepared for the future, and this is a step in the right direction.

Email Governor DeSantis HERE.

Toll roads bill deserves DeSantis’s signature

Ocala Star Banner, May 12, 2019   

In this divisive political environment, improving infrastructure is about the only government action that people can agree on.

Fortunately, the Florida Legislature is doing what Washington, D.C., hasn’t done yet — move forward with bold plans on how to improve our transportation infrastructure. We ask Gov. Ron DeSantis to support this effort, and hope that those in our nation’s capital will follow Florida’s example. But to understand why Florida needs this legislation, it’s important to understand the problem Floridians need solved.

Florida is growing fast. According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s research, Florida can expect another 4.5 million new residents by 2030, in addition to the hundreds of millions of visitors over the same time frame. In many respects, this is welcomed news. Our economy is stronger, our public budgets are healthier, and Florida is now home to fresh perspectives that will continue to make Florida more competitive in the decades to come. But there are challenges that come with 900 new Floridians moving here each day. One of those challenges is maintaining the safety and efficiency of our transportation system.

It would be hard for me to overstate how important infrastructure is for Florida’s economy. We move over 100 million visitors a year to our world-class springs, theme parks and city centers, and then back to other states and countries. We grow hundreds of commodity crops on millions of acres of land that then use our transportation system to go from the farm to our tables. Perhaps most importantly, we have great neighborhoods and world-class schools, from which our workforce commutes to growing city centers.

Our transportation network is the vascular system for Florida’s economy, and by most measures, is well-maintained and adequate for today. But according to that same Florida Chamber Foundation research, Florida can expect another 3 million new drivers by 2030.

Think about that for a second. That means that Florida’s roadways will have millions of more cars in about a decade. Though a decade may seem far off, in infrastructure terms, that is right around the corner. Simply put, we need to plan smart and work fast to keep up with Florida’s growth or risk becoming like California.

Thankfully, the Florida Legislature recognized this challenge and, during the recently completed session, worked on the next generation of transportation systems in Florida. Senate Bill 7068 was passed with bipartisan support, and included many recommendations from the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition. If signed into law, several important steps will happen.

First, new transportation connections will be researched and, if appropriate, funded to ease congestion and create more efficient and safe hurricane evacuation routes. Second, connections to rural and suburban communities will be better linked to the urban economic drivers of the state, reducing commute times and increasing opportunity. Finally, our planning processes will take into consideration new technologies like connected and autonomous vehicles, which are already on some Florida roadways.

All of these things will happen alongside important environmental analyses and many, many stakeholder group meetings. Bold steps can happen deliberately, and Senate Bill 7068 has created an open and transparent process that we should be proud of. Perhaps that’s one reason this measure passed the Florida Senate 37-1.

I understand there are some that will always oppose smart growth and opportunities, believing that a thriving economy cannot coexist with responsible environmentalism or that our roadways are already adequate for the future. There are also some that believe nothing can be bipartisan anymore. The Florida Chamber disagrees. Moving goods, residents and visitors is a paramount concern for Florida’s economy and that concern is felt by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike.

The Florida Chamber believes Senate Bill 7068 is a step in the right direction, and hopefully the first of many. With the right people, the right process, and the right funding, we can prepare for our new neighbors, and welcome them to the best state in the union. It will take hard work, but every endeavor worth doing does.

— Mark Wilson is president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He can be contacted at mwilson@flchamber.com.

Bipartisan Supported Infrastructure Bill Deserves Gov. DeSantis’s Signature

In this divisive political environment, improving infrastructure is about the only government action that people can agree on. Fortunately, the Florida Legislature is doing what Washington, D.C., hasn’t done yet – move forward with bold plans on how to improve our transportation infrastructure. We ask Governor Ron DeSantis to support this effort, and hope that those in our nation’s capital will follow Florida’s example. But to understand why Florida needs this legislation, it’s important to understand the problem Floridians need solved.

Florida Is Growing Fast

According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s research, Florida can expect another 4.5 million new residents by 2030, in addition to the hundreds of millions of visitors over the same timeframe. In many respects, this is welcomed news. Our economy is stronger, our public budgets are healthier, and Florida is now home to fresh perspectives that will continue to make Florida more competitive in the decades to come. But there are challenges that come with 900 new Floridians moving here each day. One of those challenges is maintaining the safety and efficiency of our transportation system.

It would be hard for me to overstate how important infrastructure is for Florida’s economy. We move over a hundred million visitors a year to our world-class springs, theme parks, and city centers, and then back to other states and countries. We grow hundreds of commodity crops on millions of acres of land that then use our transportation system to go from the farm to our tables. Perhaps most importantly, we have great neighborhoods and world class schools, from which our workforce commutes to growing city centers.

Florida Can Expect Another Three Million New Drivers by 2030

Our transportation network is the vascular system for Florida’s economy, and by most measures, is well- maintained and adequate for today. But according to that same Florida Chamber Foundation research, Florida can expect another three million new drivers by 2030. Think about that for a second – that means that Florida’s roadways will have millions of more cars in about a decade. Though a decade may seem far off, in infrastructure terms, that is right around the corner. Simply put, we need to plan smart and work fast to keep up with Florida’s growth or risk becoming like California.

Florida Legislature Passed Senate Bill 7068 With Bipartisan Support

Thankfully, the Florida Legislature recognized this challenge and during the recently completed session, worked on the next generation of transportation systems in Florida. A top priority of Senate President Bill Galvano, Senate Bill 7068 was passed with bipartisan support, and included many recommendations from the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition. If signed into law, several important steps will happen.

First, new transportation connections will be researched and, if appropriate, funded to ease congestion and create more efficient and safe hurricane evacuation routes. Second, connections to rural and suburban communities will be better linked to the urban economic drivers of the state, reducing commute times and increasing opportunity. Finally, our planning processes will take into consideration new technologies like connected and autonomous vehicles, which are already on some Florida roadways.

All of these things will happen alongside important environmental analyses and many, many stakeholder group meetings. Bold steps can happen deliberately, and Senate Bill 7068 has created an open and transparent process that we should be proud of. Perhaps that’s one reason this measure passed the Florida Senate 37-1.

I understand there are some that will always oppose smart growth and opportunities, believing that a thriving economy cannot coexist with responsible environmentalism or that our roadways are already adequate for the future. There are also some that believe nothing can be bipartisan anymore. The Florida Chamber disagrees. Moving goods, residents, and visitors is a paramount concern for Florida’s economy and that concern is felt by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike.

The Florida Chamber believes Senate Bill 7068 is a step in the right direction, and hopefully the first of many. With the right people, the right process, and the right funding, we can prepare for our new neighbors, and welcome them to the best state in the union. It will take hard work, but every endeavor worth doing does.
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Senate Passes Smart Infrastructure Bill/Plans for Future Growth

Florida Senate Passes Smart Infrastructure Investment Bill That Prepares for Growing Population

The Florida Senate today passed an infrastructure bill that will help ensure Florida is prepared to meet its growing population, while it also invigorates rural communities with jobs and economic development opportunities. This Florida Chamber-backed bill mirrors recommendations from the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition Report. The bill, Senate Bill 7068, is also a top priority of Senate President Bill Galvano.

The bill will:
• Develop new multi-modal corridors,
• Connect Florida’s rural communities to metro areas,
• Plan for new transportation technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles, and
• Serve as additional hurricane evacuation routes, providing safe transportation in times of natural disaster.

“With an additional 5.5 million residents in Florida by 2030, and annual tourism growing from 126 million to 150 million visitors, these smart infrastructure investments will help ensure Florida is poised for it’s growing population and future economic prosperity,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce commends President Galvano, Senator Tom Lee and members of the Florida Senate for helping to ensure we prepare Florida’s infrastructure for smart growth and development.

ICYMI:Toll roads move forward in the Senate Gainesville Sun

Join the Infrastructure Coalition

The Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition is dedicated to creating long-term investment in FLorida’s energy, water, transportation, telecommunications and rural infrastructure. Click HERE to join the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition and learn how we are doubling down on efforts to maximize Florida’s economic growth opportunities through infrastructure investments.

Infrastructure Bill Poised For Final Passage

Smart Infrastructure Investment Bill Prepares for Growing Population Demands and Provides Economic Development Opportunities for Rural Communities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 23, 2019) – An infrastructure bill now poised for final passage in the Florida Senate will help ensure Florida is prepared to meet its growing population, and invigorate rural communities with jobs and economic development opportunities, the Florida Chamber of Commerce said today.

“With an additional 5.5 million residents in Florida by 2030, and annual tourism growing from 126 million to 150 million visitors, these smart infrastructure investments will help ensure Florida is poised for it’s growing population and future economic prosperity,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Senate Bill 7068, a top priority of Senate President Bill Galvano and the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Infrastructure Coalition, will develop new multi-modal corridors, connect Florida’s rural communities to metro areas, and plan for new transportation technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles. Also, they will serve as additional hurricane evacuation routes, providing safe transportation in times of natural disaster.

State transportation leaders have previously identified these proposed corridors as ideal locations for responsibly meeting the needs of a growing population.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Nearly 900 new residents move to Florida each day
  • 126.1 million people visit Florida annually
  • By 2030, 26 million people will call Florida home
  • Florida’s infrastructure must be able to accommodate more than 3 million new drivers by 2030

“The Florida Chamber of Commerce commends President Galvano, Senator Tom Lee and members of the Florida Senate for helping to ensure we prepare Florida’s infrastructure for smart growth and enhanced mobility,” said Hart.

The bill is poised for final Senate passage.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

2019 Florida Chamber D.C. Fly-In

The Florida Chamber of Commerce advocates at all levels of government – local, state and federal – to ensure Florida is moving in the right direction, and Florida businesses are being heard on the issues that matter to them.

With that in mind, you are invited to join us on May 14-16 for a unique experience in our nation’s capital in support of private-sector job creation, regulatory reform and creating opportunities for economic prosperity. The Florida Chamber’s D.C. Fly-In has tailored a dynamic program with members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation and leaders of federal agencies to advance the Florida Chamber’s policy agenda. 

A tentative schedule, as well as additional information, is shown below for your convenience.

Please contact Dan Tapia at (850) 521-1206 or dtapia@flchamber.com to reserve your space and secure additional hotel information today.

Thank you for your dedication to free enterprise, and to the Florida Chamber. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. May 14-16 for the Florida Chamber’s D.C. Fly-In.

President Bill Galvano’s Smart Infrastructure Proposal Gets a Hearing

 

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Florida Chamber Supports President’s ‘Innovation in Infrastructure’ Plan

With 26 million people expected to call Florida home by 2030, and already more than 118 million people visiting Florida annually, smart infrastructure investments for the coming growth is more important than ever.

As the Florida Chamber announced last year, we are doubling down on our efforts to accelerate Florida forward. The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition recently released its Infrastructure Report, which outlines key goals and strategies to ensure infrastructure systems respond to Florida’s changing needs.

Senate President Bill Galvano is championing “Innovation in Infrastructure” during the 2019 Legislative Session, and in fact, is using much of the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Report as the baseline for his efforts.

“We have a responsibility to not only meet today’s needs, but also to anticipate tomorrow’s demands, including a focus on revitalizing historic rural Florida communities,” President Galvano said recently.

Today, the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee held a workshop to discuss President Galvano’s infrastructure plans as they relate to multi-use corridors. These multi-use corridors, Polk County to Collier County, Suncoast Parkway Extension to Georgia, and Northern Turnpike Connector (Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway), are part of a larger plan that includes not only traditional transportation elements like roads, bridges and sea/airports, it also includes utility and communication resources, clean water and reliable broadband connectivity.

 “The Florida Chamber is pleased to work side-by-side with President Galvano to help ensure Florida’s infrastructure systems are prepared to meet our future population demand and support the continued economic growth of our state,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Thank President Bill Galvano

Please take a moment to send a quick email thanking President Galvano for putting the needs of Florida’s infrastructure systems on top of his 2019 legislative priority list. Contact Senate President Galvano at galvano.bill.web@flsenate.gov.

Join The Infrastructure Coalition

Click here to learn more about the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition.Contact Alice Ancona at aancona@flchamber.com to learn how you can you can join this effort.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Doubles Down On Infrastructure and Growth Leadership Efforts

Infrastructure Coalition to Serve as Unified Voice of Business Preparing for Florida’s Future Growth

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 4, 2018) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced a reinforced undertaking of its long and steady infrastructure and growth leadership efforts. The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition will serve as the unified voice of business preparing for Florida’s future growth.

 

“With 26 million people expected to call Florida home by 2030, a growing Florida means a growing need for infrastructure to support our increasing population and increasing visitors,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition is focused on creating long-term investments in Florida’s energy, water, transportation, telecommunications, and agriculture infrastructure. With Washington, D.C.’s renewed focus on infrastructure, the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition aims to maximize Florida’s economic growth opportunities. And at the state level, double down on efforts to prepare for Florida’s growing population through infrastructure investments.

 

“Florida’s economy will reach $1 trillion by the end of 2018, and it’s important that we continue to focus on strategic, innovative and transformative infrastructure investments that will allow Florida to continue to compete and succeed on a global scale,” said SENATE PRESIDENT DESIGNATE BILL GALVANO, who has placed infrastructure among his top legislative priorities. “By working together with the business community and the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition, we can ensure a prosperous future for Florida.”

 

Ananth Prasad, President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, and former Department of Transportation Secretary will spearhead the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition. During Prasad’s time as Florida Department of Transportation Secretary, he continued to protect Florida’s Transportation Trust Fund, allowing fundamental infrastructure projects to flourish. He is also credited with creating historic investments in Florida’s transportation infrastructure.

 

“As we look toward the future of infrastructure in Florida, we must dream big,” said ANANTH PRASAD, President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association. “Tourism is up, Florida’s population continues to grow, and now, we must match it with innovations in every mode of infrastructure to move people and goods more efficiently.”

 

The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition will soon travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation and officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation during National Infrastructure Week. The Infrastructure Coalition will provide its list of recommended infrastructure investments to state and federal leaders.

 

Learn more about the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition by visiting www.FloridaChamber.com/Infrastructure

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.