• Nov- 2023 -
    20 November

    Infrastructure’s Role in Fueling Florida’s Economic Growth

    By: Ananth Prasad, President, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association and Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition Chair Register yourself and your leadership team for the virtual 2023 Florida Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Solution Summit featuring in-depth conversations on prioritizing the future of infrastructure in Florida> Florida has long been a beacon of opportunity, attracting businesses, tourists, and residents alike. Its remarkable growth and economic success can be attributed, in part, to its world-class infrastructure. However, as Florida experiences…

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  • Oct- 2023 -
    26 October

    New Florida Chamber Statewide Poll Shows Florida Voters Say Florida is Heading in the Right Direction, While the United States is on the Wrong Track

    The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll finds a plurality (47%) of Florida voters believe things in Florida are headed in the right direction, while almost 8 out of 10 (77%) believe the United States is heading in the wrong direction. Florida has created 19,600 jobs in the last month and 241,200 jobs in the past year. The Sunshine State’s rolling annual growth rate of 2.5%, which is nearly a half a percent higher than the…

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  • 11 October

    A Statement from the Florida Chamber of Commerce

    The Florida Chamber of Commerce strongly condemns the terrorist attacks being perpetrated against Israel. We stand with the people of Israel as they defend their country and right to exist. We pray for the end of senseless violence impacting all innocent citizens in the region as a result of these terrorist attacks.

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  • Sep- 2023 -
    22 September

    Florida Now Top 10 in the Nation for Manufacturing Jobs, Surpassing New York

    Manufacturing is a big deal in Florida. Most recent job numbers show that Florida is now #10 in the nation for manufacturing employment. In fact, Florida manufacturers employed 426,000 Floridians in August 2023, advancing Florida ahead of New York for employment in this sector. Florida’s manufacturing industry plays a vital role in growing and diversifying Florida’s economy, and this month’s figures are a move in the right direction towards achieving our Florida 2030 Blueprint goal…

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  • 13 September

    Florida Chamber Foundation Report Shows Florida’s Economy Loses Nearly $5.4 billion Annually Due to Childcare Crisis

    The Florida Chamber Foundation released a new report examining the impact of childcare challenges on Florida’s economy. This report is part of a national “Untapped Potential in FL” research effort that reveals the cost of childcare challenges and opportunities to unlock economic potential for states, employers, and working parents. “Increases in costs of housing, food, and daily necessities have changed the landscape of the U.S. economy and, by nature, America’s workforce,” said Florida Chamber Foundation…

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  • 6 September

    After The Storm: Hurricane Resources & Ways to Help Florida’s Communities

    Hurricane Idalia made landfall last Wednesday morning as a powerful Category 3 storm, hitting near Keaton Beach in Florida’s Big Bend region. However, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected. In the aftermath of a natural disaster, Florida’s business community always stands ready to support one another. Thank you to all our members who are on the front lines as well as those in communities not directly impacted who are helping other Florida communities…

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  • 2 September

    “Insuring” a Strong Future: Property Insurance Reforms Aim to Stabilize and Add Competition to Florida’s Market

    With this week’s landfall of Category 3 Hurricane Idalia in the Big Bend area, we are reminded that we are at the peak of Florida’s annual hurricane season. Part of being a Floridian is knowing we must personally prepare for the worst and hope for the best, mitigate potential damage by hardening our homes and businesses, and have a plan for the worst-case scenario. As those directly affected by the storm recover and rebuild, thankfully,…

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  • Aug- 2023 -
    28 August
    Prepare and Stay Safe Ahead of Hurricane Idalia's Arrival

    Before The Storm: Hurricane Resources & Ways to Prepare Florida’s Communities

    Tropical Storm Idalia is rapidly gaining strength and is expected to escalate into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it approaches the Florida coast. With projected landfall near the Big Bend of Florida on Wednesday morning, this storm poses a significant threat with its mix of heavy rains, high winds, and potential storm surge. We encourage you to take immediate action to safeguard yourself, your property, and your loved ones. To assist you in these…

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  • 24 August

    New Florida Chamber Statewide Poll Shows Florida Voters Say Florida’s Economy is Better Off than Other States

    The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll finds more than half (53%) of Florida voters believe the Florida economy is better off than other states while only 24% believe it is worse off than other states. Florida has created 44,500 jobs in the last month and 300,600 jobs in the past year. The Sunshine State’s rolling annual growth rate of 3.2% is a full percentage point higher than the national level and July’s 0.5% increase in…

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  • 9 August

    Coke Florida Launches $2.8M Scholarship Program for Students in Underserved Communities Across Florida

    Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) announced a ten-year commitment to award graduating high school seniors with scholarships to attend a Florida public four-year university, two-year college, or technical/vocational school. The newly established Coke Florida Refreshing Minds Scholarship℠ , a $2.8M partnership with Florida Prepaid College Foundation, will cover tuition and most fees for 250 economically disadvantaged students over the next ten years. This donation is part of the Path to Prosperity Scholarship Program, a partnership our Florida Chamber…

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  • Jul- 2023 -
    31 July

    Florida Experiences Fastest Growth Nationally in Real GDP Among Other Large Economy States

    By: Dave Sobush, CEcD, Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation Florida continues to make progress not only toward becoming a top 10 global economy but also the largest economy in the nation. As part of the efforts to track the progress on achieving our Florida 2030 Blueprint mission, the Florida Chamber Foundation’s research team has reviewed new information from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and is pleased to provide this deeper dive into Florida’s economic…

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  • 7 July

    Florida Chamber Foundation Unveils 2023 Florida Business & Economic Mid-Year Report

    Today, the Florida Chamber Foundation released its 2023 Florida Business & Economic Mid-Year Report, a mid-year analysis of the local and national economic trends impacting the way Florida does business. This first edition will be followed by annual editions to keep Florida businesses in the know about Florida’s economic headwinds and tailwinds, serving as a level set to propel them through the remainder of each year and towards 2030. The 2023 mid-year report covers where Florida stands…

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  • Jun- 2023 -
    29 June

    Half of Florida’s Third Graders Are Reading at Grade Level – The Path to Prosperity at Risk for Nearly 111,000 Third Graders

    The Florida Chamber Foundation created the Florida 2030 Blueprint with one goal in mind– outline a path for Florida leaders to help lead the effort in Florida becoming the 10th largest economy in the world by 2030. As part of that effort, it is vital we ensure Florida has a talent development pipeline that produces the workforce necessary to drive those economic outcomes, and no milestone on that educational journey is more important than third-grade…

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  • 29 June

    State Budget & Tax Package Move Florida Forward

    By: Carolyn Johnson, Vice President of Government Affairs, Florida Chamber of Commerce July 1 marks the beginning of Florida’s fiscal year, and the recently signed $116.5 billion budget includes a number of investments that will continue Florida’s momentum toward becoming a top-10 global economy by 2030. Boosted by revenues resulting from Florida’s rapidly growing economy, the FY 2023-2024 budget funds the 5-year Transportation Work Program at a record $13.6 billion and includes an additional $4…

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  • 12 June

    Healthcare Partnership Spotlight: Lee Health

    Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, President & CEO, serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President for Lee Health. Dr. Antonucci was a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist who joined the Lee Health Medical Staff in 1983. He joined Lee Health in 2007 as Chief Administrative Officer for the health system’s Cape Coral Hospital. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Hospital Services in 2009 and assumed responsibility for Physician Services in 2010. In October 2011, he…

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