Florida Chamber Safety Council’s Southeastern Leadership Conference on Safety, Health + Sustainability

Join us May 10-12, 2021 as Safety, Health, and Sustainability leaders convene to share the latest data/research, industry benchmarks and best practices for the EHS industry. Take advantage of professional development opportunities and network with peers across industries who share a passion for safety, health, and sustainability as a competitive business advantage. Registration is NOW OPEN!


This 30-hour OSHA outreach course assists employers in training and introducing employees to the basic practices of identifying, reducing, eliminating, and reporting hazards associated with their work in General Industry. This course is a great way to ensure that your workers stay safe on the job by providing them with the proper tools. Participants will become familiarized with OSHA standards, as well as safety and health hazards common to the workplace. We will also provide participants information regarding OSHA, worker’s rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

When: March 16 – 19 from 8:00am – 5:00pm EST

Where: Hampton Inn Tampa-Veterans Expressway

Registration Pricing: $550

CDC guidelines will be followed, including social distancing and temperature checks upon arrival.

2021 Future of Florida Forum & Annual Meeting

The Forum will feature engaging presentations, unique networking opportunities, and insight from leading voices in Florida and across the nation.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Blvd
Orlando, FL 32836

Technology & Innovation Solution Summit

Technology and innovation will play a vital role in growing Florida to the 10th largest economy by 2030. Growing and diversifying Florida’s economy is essential to creating jobs and opportunities for all Floridians. By building on Florida’s foundational industries and investing in innovative next generation sectors, Florida can attract a world class workforce and lead the way in job creation.

The Westin Tampa Waterside
725 South Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602

Click here to book your room online.

Learners To Earners Workforce Solution Summit

The world’s economy is changing and Florida must be ready to compete
not only nationally, but on a global stage — is Florida’s future workforce prepared? The Learners To Earners Workforce Summit is where we unite Florida’s business community to better align education systems with the needs of our modern workforce to prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s career opportunities.

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway
Orlando, FL 32821

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Thomas at sthomas@flfoundation.org.

For Marketing & Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Aaron Kinnon at 850-521-1253 or akinnon@flfoundation.org.

About the Florida Chamber Foundation:

The Florida Chamber Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that focuses on research and initiatives to make our state a leading place in the world to live and work. The Florida Chamber Foundation does not lobby or conduct any political activities whatsoever.

Prosperity & Economic Opportunity Solution Summit

Join business and industry leaders as well as elected officials and community voices as we analyze a path to prosperity for each of Florida’s zip codes. We will also discuss best practices around the state, how they can be replicated and more.

Conversations will also focus around 10 topic areas that the Florida Chamber Foundation’s research shows are the 10 root causes of generational poverty: Jobs, Education, Housing, Health, Food, Safety, Child Care, Justice, Transportation and Agency-Community Voice.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Networking Breakfast & Registration Check-in: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Prosperity & Economic Opportunity Summit: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Agenda coming soon!

Early-Bird Fee – $295 by April 23rd
Regular Fee – $325 after April 23rd
Virtual/Live Stream Fee – $199

The Westin Sarasota
100 Marina View Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236

Group Rate: $169
Please call 866-912-1077 to make your reservation or click here to book online. The cut-off date for the group rate is May 7th.
The resort fee is discounted for the group to $11, overnight valet parking is discounted to $15 and parking for the day is $8.

For Marketing & Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Aaron Kinnon at 850-521-1253 or akinnon@flfoundation.org.

Prosperity Initiative Webinar Series – Ending Equality in Florida

If you missed the Prosperity Initiative five-part webinar series on how business leaders in Florida are increasingly playing a vital role in ending the inequality of opportunity in America,
click here to view video recordings of the webinars.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation requests for registrations received by April 28, 2021 will be issued a refund, less a $75 per person administrative fee. All cancellations must be made in writing and e-mailed to tprice@flchamber.com.

Cancellation requests received after April 28, 2021 will not be issued a refund.

For questions, please call the Florida Chamber at 850.521.1200 or send an email to summits@FLFoundation.org.

About the Florida Chamber Foundation:

The Florida Chamber Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that focuses on research and initiatives to make our state a leading place in the world to live and work. The Florida Chamber Foundation does not lobby or conduct any political activities whatsoever.

Economic Outlook & Jobs Solution Summit

Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for the 2021 Economic Outlook & Jobs Solution Summit. Leading businesses from around Florida will come together as our own Jerry Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist and other prominent economists discuss the economic outlook for Florida in the coming year. This is a unique opportunity to hear from leading experts on issues that will impact your business including:

~ Florida’s Economic Forecast for 2021,
~ Insights on industry-specific economic outlooks,
~ And, issues impacting Florida’s businesses.

Thursday, January 28: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Registration Options:
Digital Pass: $199


(Subject to Change)

Speaker Presentation
Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of CommerceOfficial Welcome and Summit Preview
Jimmy Patronis, Chief Financial Officer, FloridaAn Overview of Florida’s Budget and 2021 Outlook
Bill Yeargin, Correct CraftManufacturing A Brighter Florida
Mark Vitner, Managing Director, Senior Economist, Wells FargoUS and Global Outlook
Dane Eagle, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Moderator: Diversifying and Growing Florida’s Economy Panel
Marc Hoenstine, Director, Economic Development, Duke EnergyPanelist: Diversifying and Growing Florida’s Economy Panel
Jamal Sowell, Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc.Panelist: Diversifying and Growing Florida’s Economy Panel
Crystal Stiles, Senior Director, Economic Development, Florida Power & Light CompanyPanelist: Diversifying and Growing Florida’s Economy Panel
Jim Zingale, Executive Director, Florida Department of RevenueEconomic Rebound: Understanding Florida’s Budget
Rose Fagler, Economic Development Manager, WeyerhaeuserWhen Rural wins, Florida wins.
Adrienne Johnston, Chief, Labor Market Statistics, Florida Department of Economic OpportunityFlorida’s Changing Labor Market and Keys to 2021
Brad O'Connor, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida RealtorsThe Real Estate Outlook and Keys to 2021
John Coates, VP/Senior Institutional Client Advisors, PNC Capital AdvisorsFlorida’s International Trading Partners
Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist & Director of Research, Florida Chamber FoundationFlorida Chamber Foundation’s Official 2021 Outlook
Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership, LLC Why Safety, Health and Sustainability Matter


Please be sure to share the opportunity to attend this summit with your members and any other industry colleagues you feel would benefit from the event content. We have made spreading the word easy with our event marketing toolkit! Our toolkit features pre-written emails, social media post copy, graphics and more.

About the Florida Chamber Foundation:

The Florida Chamber Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that focuses on research and initiatives to make our state a leading place in the world to live and work. The Florida Chamber Foundation does not lobby or conduct any political activities whatsoever.

35th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School

We are excited to be returning to the JW Marriott Marco Island for the 2021 Summer School, scheduled for July 20-23, 2021! We hope you decide to participate once again, or rejoin us, at Florida’s largest and best environmental conference.

Register now for the conference at the “Early Bird” rate, before prices increase in January, and be sure to make your hotel reservations early!  A reservation code for the hotel will be issued once your registration for the conference has been confirmed.

As a perk for signing up early, 2021 registrants will be granted access to all the course content from the 2020 Summer School. We have videos of over 60 expert panel discussions, ranging from Environmental Resource Permitting to Energy Policy. No matter your area of environmental or growth management interest, we have video content for you.

For any questions, please contact us here.

Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Solution Summit

***To Purchase your Digital Pass, Click the REGISTER” button on the top right of the page.***

The Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Solution Summit is the state’s premier conference for discussing the future of Florida’s energy, telecommunications, transportation, and logistics industries. As Florida grows from the 17th largest economy in the world to the Florida Chamber goal of the 10th largest, these industries are proactive preparing for new residents, employees, and consumers. Join Florida’s business leaders, visionaries, and policymakers as we chart the future of Florida.

The speakers are C-Suite Executives and topics will include the opportunities in Florida’s Transportation Plan, the latest updates in Florida’s water infrastructure investments, how COVID-19 is changing commercial real estate and traffic patterns, how Florida businesses are leading the charge in the adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles, and how policymakers will react to the ever changing landscape.

Registration Options:
Digital Pass: $199

About the Florida Chamber Foundation:

The Florida Chamber Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that focuses on research and initiatives to make our state a leading place in the world to live and work. The Florida Chamber Foundation does not lobby or conduct any political activities whatsoever.

How Shall We Grow? Why Infrastructure Matters

Presentation Description
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Mark Wilson will deliver remarks on the strangeness of the year, the continued importance of infrastructure, and the acceleration of some trends. He will lay out why infrastructure will continue to matter and why Florida needs to be deliberate and forward thinking in the decade ahead.
Florida's New Demographics
Jerry Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation
Dr. Parrish will show data on the expected population increases and economic predictions for the coming budget years.
Florida Housing Challenges
Brad O'Connor, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida Realtors
Dr. O’Connor will discuss the housing shortage caused by the lack of new builds and growth. Florida’s housing market is like a game of musical chairs, where we are adding more players than chairs each and every day.
Opportunity for All Floridians
The Honorable Kathleen Passidomo, Florida Senate, District 28

The COVID Workplace

Presentation Description
Home Sweet Office: Remote Work and the Impact on Commercial Real Estate
Nancy Muscatello, Managing Consultant, CoStar Advisory Services
COVID-19 has changed the use of commercial real estate landscape, with some companies investing in restructuring office plans while others are moving locations to take advantage of the new trends of remote work. In this data driven discussion, Ms. Muscatello will discuss the latest data from the perspective of one of America’s leading analytical firms.
Is the Commute Over? The Future of Remote Work and Transportation
Rogan Donelly, President & CEO, Tervis Tumbler
Tervis CEO Rogan Donelly will discuss how their company went fully remote during the COVID-19 pandemic and why they may never go back.
Future of Air Travel
Joe Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport
TPA CEO Joe Lopano will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the air industry and what communities can expect from a reimagined air travel experience.

Energy in the Next Decade

Presentation Description
Electrifying Florida's Roads and Future
Catherine Stempien, CEO, Duke Energy
CEO Catherine Stempien will discuss Duke Energy’s vision for the future – a cleaner transportation system, a more resilient grid, and more data driving decisions across the state.
The Headwinds and Tailwinds of Florida’s Future Energy
Hear what one of Florida’s leading companies thinks the next ten years will look like for Florida’s energy portfolio.

Meeting Florida’s 2030 Water Needs

Presentation Description
Florida's Water Needs
Secretary Noah Valenstein, Florida's Chief Resilience Officer
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary will discuss Florida’s water future and Governor DeSantis’s environmental record.
Water Quantity
Johnnie P. James, President & CEO, Lykes Bros. Inc.
Florida’s water quality is improving, and now the conversation is beginning to turn to water quantity. Here from Lykes Brothers CEO Johnnie James and his team about how one of Florida’s leading companies is feeding Floridians while cleaning our waterways.
Funding Florida's Water Future
The Honorable Wilton Simpson, Florida Senate, District 18; Senate President

The Future of Florida’s Infrastructure

Presentation Description
Transportation Policy and Politics
David Hart, Executive Vice President of Government & Political Relations, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Florida Chamber EVP David Hart will give the latest political and policy landscape and talk about what Florida businesses need to do to help secure a bipartisan infrastructure package.
Florida's Changing Federal Delegation
Doug Callaway, Federal Lobbyist
FDOT’s Federal Lobbyist will introduce the new members of Florida’s federal delegation and what that may mean for Florida’s place in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

Florida’s Transportation Future

Presentation Description
Chris Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Chris Emmanuel will talk about the future of Florida’s technology in vehicles, farms, and homes.
Technology and Transportation: Roadmap to Florida’s Future
Kevin Thibault, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation
FDOT Secretary Thibault will deliver remarks on technology and transportation.
Global Magnet for Mobility Innovation and Leadership (Panel)

  • Beth Kigel,
  • Vice President
    Intelligent Transportation and
    Emerging Mobility Solutions,
    HNTB Corporation;
    Chair of Autonomous Florida

  • Senator Jeff Brandes

  • John Rossant,
  • Founder & CEO, CoMotion

HNTB Vice President and Autonomous Florida Chamber Beth Kigel will host a panel discussion with State Senator Jeff Brandes and CoMotion CEO John Rossant on the future of mobility, the leadership role Florida has taken, and what is needed to keep the Sunshine State in the drivers seat for the race to a driverless future.
Go Further: Why Ford Picked Florida
Scott Griffith, CEO, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC and Mobility Businesses
Scott will address the future of mobility and Ford's investment in south Florida.
Where Innovation Thrives

  • Joe Waggoner CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

  • Nat Ford, CEO, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

CEO Joe Waggoner will show how public private partnerships are pioneering the rise of smart infrastructure.

CEO Nat Ford will talk about how autonomous vehicles can help solve some of the state’s most pressing transportation needs in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
Opportunity for Low Speed Autonomous Vehicles
Joe Moye, CEO, Beep

Future of Technology and Innovation at Work Today

Presentation Description
The Importance of Rural Connectivity
Senator Ben Albritton
State Senator Ben Albritton will talk about the importance of connectivity for all Floridians, and how the Florida Legislature is working with companies to expand access.
Expanding Florida’s Future Connectivity Through Smarter Partnerships (Panel)

  • Moderator - Brad Swanson
  • President & CEO, Florida Television Association

  • Casey Reed
  • Vice President of Government Affairs, AT&T Florida

  • Marva Johnson
  • Vice President, State Government Affairs - South Region, Charter Communications

Several of Florida’s leading telecommunication companies will discuss the opportunity for greater connectivity and the public policy solutions to help achieve the 2030 goal of greater access for all Floridians.
Making Connections: Rural Florida and the M-CORES
Ananth Prasad, President, Florida Transportation Builders Association

Hurricanes, Sea Level Rise, and Florida’s Future

Presentation Description
Charging a Path Forward on Florida's Climate Leadership
Dawn Shirreffs, Florida Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Strength in Numbers: Resiliency in Florida
Brittany Perkins Castillo, CEO, AshBritt Environmental
Hear how the private sector is at the cutting edge of preparing for a resilient future.
Rising to the Occasion: Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise
The Honorable Chris Sprowls, Florida House of Representatives, District 65; House Speaker

Growing Florida’s Economy by Investing in Trade and Logistics

Presentation Description
Infrastructure as Economic Development
Rickey Fitzgerald, Manager, Manager, Freight & Multimodal Operations, Florida Department of Transportation
The Time is Now: A Manufacturing and Distribution Opportunity for Florida
Eric Green, CEO, JAXPORT
Hear why Florida ports see an opportunity to expand Florida’s manufacturing sector for exports both nationally and internationally.
The Need for Trade & Logistics 3.0
John Kaliski, Principal, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

John Kaliski, one of the researchers behind the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics Report 2.0 (2014), discusses the need for new information to meet the opportunities of the coming decade.

Learners To Earners Workforce Solution Seminars

A FREE 4-Part Workforce Solutions Webinar Series

The world’s economy is changing and Florida must be ready to compete not only nationally, but on a global stage – is Florida’s future workforce prepared? Be a part of the conversation about the goals identified in the Florida 2030 Blueprint on how to prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s career opportunities.

To view a recording of the webinars and download a copy of the presentations, click here.

Preparing Florida’s Future Workforce and What Employers Need to Know
Tuesday, November 10, 10am – Noon
– Tony Carvajal, President & CEO, The Able Trust
– Michelle Dennard, President & CEO, CareerSource Florida
– Joe Marino, Executive Director, Veterans Florida
– Madeline Pumariega, Executive Vice President and Provost, Tallahassee Community College

– Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Creating a Seamless Path from the Classroom to the Workroom

Thursday, November 12, 10am – Noon
– Bob Boyd, President & CEO, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Inc.
– Marshall Criser, Chancellor, State University System, Florida Department of Education
– Kathy Hebda, Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges, Florida Department of Education
– Henry Mack, Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education
– Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Continued Alignment of K-12 Education to Future Workforce Needs

Tuesday, November, 17, 10am – Noon
– Jennifer Faber, Director, Grade Level Reading, Florida Children’s Council
– Charles Hokanson, Senior VP, Florida Community Engagement, Helios Education Foundation
– Jacob Oliva, Chancellor, Division of Public Schools, Florida Department of Education
– Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Improving Access and Outcomes for Early Learning and Kindergarten Readiness

Thursday, November 19, 10am – Noon
– The Honorable Vance Aloupis, CEO, The Children’s Movement of Florida; Florida House of Representatives, District 115
– Shan Goff, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning, Florida Department of Education
– Eric Hall, Senior Chancellor, Florida Department of Education
– Kim Reckley, SVP, Client & Community Relations Director, PNC Bank

– Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

General Election Night – Decision 2020

Join the Florida Chamber Political Team to stay updated and informed with in-depth analysis from our experts throughout the night:

– Live Election Results
– Analysis of Chamber Endorsed Races
– Vote-by-Mail Overview
– Scrolling Results

Tuesday, November 3rd – 6:30 p.m.

Amendment 2 Webinar Series

Join the Florida Chamber in October for a Webinar Series discussing the impact of Amendment 2 on Florida.

October 5: 2:00-3:00 p.m. – Jobs, Economy and Education
with special guests Representative Tommy Gregory and Glenda Hood, Chair, Florida Chamber Small Business Council

October 14: 10:00-11:00 a.m. – Cost of Living for Seniors and Families
with special guests Representative Mel Ponder, Dan Casey, St. Pete Beach Restaurant Owner and Erika Donalds, former Collier County School Board Member

October 30: 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m. – Equality of Opportunity

with special guests JT Corrales, Director of Business Development, Crabby Bill’s Family Brands and Michael Williams, Executive Director, Florida Prosperity Initiative, Florida Chamber Foundation

What is Amendment 2, and why is it bad for Florida?
If passed, this amendment would make Florida the first and only state in the nation with a $15 an hour mandate in its state constitution, ensuring jobs lost due to the pandemic will not return, and businesses already devastated by the effects of the virus may never bounce back. This will slow Florida’s economic recovery and hurt the very people the special interest behind this scam claims it helps.

America’s largest personal injury trial law firm – the same one looking to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic by suing small businesses – has spent millions to put Amendment 2, mandating a $15 minimum wage, on the November ballot. With local businesses struggling and not able to reopen due to COVID-19, along with hundreds of thousands of Floridians out of work, now is not the time to mandate Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Florida’s Statewide Business Leaders Call

Join Florida’s business leaders for our monthly Zoom call taking place Monday, September 21 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. This important update from the Florida Chamber, as well as input and discussion from Florida’s business leaders, will prove invaluable as we are just a few weeks from the November 3rd election. With Amendment 2 ($15 minimum wage mandate) on the ballot in November, and the long-delayed Phase 4 COVID-19 recovery legislation still in limbo, it is more important than ever for Florida’s business leaders to come together.

Our discussion will include:
– Details on Amendment 2 and why it is bad for Florida, and worse for Floridians – and how you can get involved to make sure Florida is not the first state with a $15 minimum wage mandate in their constitution.
– Economic outlook presented by the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish.
– A preview of the 2020 Virtual Future of Florida Forum & Annual Meeting.
– An overview of the Florida Chamber’s 2020 Election Guide as we gear up for the presidential election November 3.
– A COVID-19 update with the latest numbers and trends as we continue to reopen and relaunch Florida safe and smart.

Monday, September 21
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST

New Statewide Tool Launch: The Intersection of 3rd Grade Reading & Poverty

Equity gaps exist in Florida and Florida’s global competitiveness depends on a quality education system. For the business community, a commitment to this education system must begin early. Pre COVID-19, 58 percent of Florida’s third graders were reading on or above grade-level. Without metrics for the 2019-2020 school year, it more important than ever to focus our efforts on investing in closing education gaps and providing equality of opportunity for each child in Florida. By the year 2030, Florida strives to increase the number of third graders reading on or above grade level to 100 percent to secure those who represent the future of Florida: our youngest Floridians.

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning is unveiling a new, interactive tool that will help visualize the intersection of third grade reading scores for every public school in Florida with childhood poverty rates. This tool, a first in the country, will help educators, parents, media and policymakers easily identify school level performance gaps, so business leaders can focus resources on helping close those gaps.

Thursday, September 10
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. EST

Exclusive Call with Senator Marco Rubio: Federal Outlook & Forecast From D.C.

Join the Florida Chamber for a special Florida Chamber Business Leaders Zoom Call featuring an important federal update from Senator Marco Rubio on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – Noon EDT. Senator Rubio will also answer your questions on all things COVID-19.

Tuesday, September 1,
11:00 a.m. – Noon EDT

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was first elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Senator Rubio is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Acting Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Prior to being sworn into the Senate in 2010, Senator Rubio served as a City Commissioner for West Miami before serving in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008.

Mark Wilson serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the National Council of State Chambers, and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, Enterprise Florida, Leadership Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Chamber Foundation, and is an active member of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100.