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  • Aug- 2022 -
    12 August

    Breaking News: State Insurer of Last Resort Hits 1 Million Policies

    After several months of exponential growth, including nearly 70,000 new policies since June 30, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has hit 1 million insurance properties. Citizens Property Insurance is the state-created insurer of last resort, and this milestone further demonstrates that Florida’s insurance market is in crisis. Causing this influx of new policies into Citizens, in the last year, seven insurance companies have been forced out of business and into receivership or liquidation. Several more insurers…

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  • 10 August

    Florida’s Opportunity Economy Sets National Example

    Co-Authored By: Dr. Ben Tabatabaei, Florida Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist & Executive Director of the International Center for Economic Development, and Dave Sobush, CEcD, Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation You may have seen the Wallstreet Journal’s article “The Great Pandemic Wealth Migration” highlighting their take on Florida’s economic results and leadership. The Florida Chamber Foundation has been working to unite the Florida business community for decades to grow and diversify its…

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  • 5 August

    Florida Chamber Foundation Welcomes Coca-Cola Beverages Florida’s David Cross to its Future of Work Florida Initiative Advisory Board

    The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Work Florida Initiative proudly welcomes David Cross, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida’s Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, as an inaugural Advisory Board member. Launched in 2022, the Future of Work Florida Initiative includes a multi-year plan to unite and harness the power of thousands of Florida businesses, dozens of local chambers, economic development groups, education partners, HR leaders, hiring managers, and more to turn the current workforce crisis into…

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  • Jul- 2022 -
    29 July

    Chief Economist Corner: The U.S. Is Officially Facing A Recession, But Florida’s Economy Continues To Grow

    The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Chamber Foundation’s team of researchers continuously monitors thousands of metrics and data regarding Florida’s economy.  The U.S. is officially facing a recession, but Florida’s economy continues to grow. Historically, a recession has been defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth of economic output in real GDP. Data shows the nation’s economy contracted in the first quarter of 2022 (Q1 2022) by -1.6% of growth, and the…

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  • 27 July

    Florida Chamber Promotes Carolyn Johnson to Vice President of Government Affairs

    The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced the promotion of Carolyn Johnson to Vice President of Government Affairs. In her new role, she will manage the development and strategic implementation of the Florida Chamber’s annual legislative agenda, the Florida Business Agenda, and lead the Florida Chamber’s team of professional, connected and experienced lobbyists to represent the interests of the business community before policymakers. Carolyn will also oversee the continued growth of the strategic initiatives led…

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  • 26 July

    Small Business Council Spotlight: Jayson Meyer, Synergy Billing

    What does your business do? Synergy Billing is one of several companies that I own. The others include Fountainhead Developers and WorkSmartMD. Synergy Billing was founded in 2006 to provide complete revenue cycle management for non-profit Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs.) We have clients across the nation. In 2021, we returned more than $74 million to our clients through our services. What’s your biggest concern as a small business owner? Certainly, finding talent. We have found that “growing our own”…

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  • 25 July

    Florida Chamber Endorses a Bipartisan List of Nine Senate Candidates and 24 House Candidates Running for Election This Year

    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 nine Senate candidates and 24 House candidates running for election this year. “Florida continues its growth at a rapid pace – with nearly 1,000 net new residents relocating to Florida every single day. While Florida continues its growth, we need strong leadership with bold and fresh ideas to continue championing economic…

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  • 11 July

    The Florida Chamber Announces Incumbent 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 eighteen Senate incumbents and over fifty House incumbents running for reelection this year. These legislators have a strong track record of securing Florida’s future by regularly promoting free enterprise and job creation. These endorsements are based, in large part, on Legislator’s actual grades earned on The Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report…

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  • Jun- 2022 -
    30 June

    Healthcare Partnership Spotlight: Holly Prince, Simply Healthcare Plans

    Tell us about your company Simply Healthcare Plans, (“Simply”), is a Florida-managed health care plan that serves over 825,000 Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and Florida Healthy Kids members throughout the state of Florida. In addition, Simply, through a line of business called Clear Health Alliance, also serves Florida Medicaid members who are living with HIV/AIDS. Our goal is to provide physical and behavioral health services that are comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. Every day, members of our…

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  • 29 June

    Florida Chamber Foundation Welcomes Florida Virtual School’s Sam Verghese to its Future of Work Florida Initiative Advisory Board

    The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Work Florida Initiative proudly welcomes Sam Verghese, Florida Virtual School Chief Operating Officer, as a new Advisory Board member. “There is a massive information gap between employers and job seekers, between today’s students and career opportunities that they may pursue,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark Wilson. “As a result, the Future of Work Florida Initiative seeks to champion the value of work and raise awareness…

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  • 23 June

    Florida Chamber Foundation Welcomes Indian River State College’s Bill Solomon to its Future of Work Florida Initiative Advisory Board

    TALLAHASSEE, FL (June 23, 2022)— The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Work Florida Initiative proudly welcomes Bill Solomon, Indian River State College Dean of Workforce Education & Advanced Technology, as a new Advisory Board member. “There is a massive information gap between employers and job seekers, between today’s students and career opportunities that they may pursue,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark Wilson. “As a result, the Future of Work Florida Initiative…

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  • 22 June

    Small Business Spotlight: Gwen Cooper, Accessia Health

    What does your business do? Accessia Health is one of only 6 national nonprofits dedicated to providing high-risk and rising-risk people with the healthcare products, services and financial assistance they need regardless of their zip code. In 2021 we provided $4.5M in financial assistance to nearly 1000 Floridians. What’s your biggest concern as a small business owner? As a nonprofit, our concern is with inflation at a 40-year high and prices soaring, that people will…

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  • 15 June

    Florida Chamber Foundation Welcomes Florida Power & Light’s Sarah Marmion to its Future of Work Florida Initiative Advisory Board

    The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Work Florida Initiative proudly welcomes Sarah Marmion, Florida Power & Light Company’s Manager of Education and Outreach Centers, as a new Advisory Board member. “There is a massive information gap between employers and job seekers, between today’s students and career opportunities that they may pursue,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark Wilson. “As a result, the Future of Work Florida Initiative seeks to champion the value…

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  • 11 June

    A child’s ZIP code shouldn’t dictate their future on poverty | Commentary

    The latest reports show there are 773,801 children living in poverty in Florida’s 983 ZIP codes. Florida Chamber Foundation research shows nearly half of them live in just 150 or 15% of Florida’s ZIP codes. No child’s ZIP code should dictate their future, and the business community is leading the efforts to change those outcomes. Florida is adding $2.7 million of wealth per hour, creating one out of every 11 jobs but, somehow, 18.7% of…

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  • 10 June

    Florida Chamber of Commerce Unveils 2022 Legislative Report Card and Distinguished Advocates

    Today, the Florida Chamber of Commerce unveiled its 2022 Florida Chamber Legislative Report Card, showcasing grades earned by all 160 legislators in the Florida House and Senate based on their votes during the 2022 Legislative Session and Special Session D. “Working together as a unified business community is how we will keep Florida’s economy growing and competitive,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark Wilson. “As Florida continues to pace the nation’s economic…

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