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.

2020 Virtual Insurance Summit

The Florida Chamber’s Annual Insurance Summit is going virtual! We are excited to bring this event to you on a virtual platform. You can register and participate with confidence and comfort. Join us for two days of engaging presentations, unique networking opportunities and insight from Florida’s top insurance leaders and elected officials.

Thursday, Nov. 5 & Friday, Nov. 6

Primary Night – Decision 2020: A Deep Dive Into the Florida Primary

Join the Florida Chamber Political Team to stay updated and informed with in-depth analysis from our experts throughout the night:
– Analysis of Chamber Endorsed Races
– Vote-by-Mail Overview
– Impact on November
– House and Senate Campaign Discussions
– Scrolling Results
– Candidate Calls

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.

David Hart serves as Executive Vice President of Florida’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization. Hart manages the Chamber’s extensive legislative and political operations. David is a sixth generation Floridian who was born in Tampa and raised in Winter Haven. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and earned a Master’s degree from Florida State University in International Affairs. He has over 30 years of experience in campaigns, politics and public policy at the national, state and local levels.

Marian Johnson is Executive Director of the Florida Chamber Political Institute, a unique research organization that provides vital detailed demographic and political analysis to its members. She also serves as Senior Vice President of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Johnson, perhaps Florida’s most seasoned political advisor, has been involved in an impressive number of presidential, state and local campaigns. She has been involved with every presidential campaign from 1964 through 1984. Most notably, she served on Ronald Reagan’s 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns. Johnson is listed in Who’s Who in American Politics, Prominent People in Florida Government, and Outstanding Young Women of America.

Nick Catroppo is the Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He has nearly a decade of experience advising government officials and candidates on political and policy matters, and leading successful political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. Catroppo has led and served on numerous campaigns for a variety of candidates, including Attorney General Ashley Moody, Representative James Buchanan, and former Congressmen David Jolly and Richard Nugent. He received his political science degree from the University of South Florida.

Andrew Wiggins is the Senior Director of Political Affairs and Coalition Advocacy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He manages the Florida Chamber’s political campaign activity throughout the state of Florida. Prior to joining the Florida Chamber, Wiggins served as the Deputy Director of Senate Campaigns at the Republican Party of Florida, where he previously spent three years working for House Campaigns. He has worked on grassroots campaigns all over the United States as well as working statewide in Florida and working for both the executive and legislative branches of government. Wiggins has more than 13 years of experience helping elect candidates to the House and Senate across Florida. A fifth generation Floridian, Wiggins was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in History, as well as M.A. in Political Science with a certificate in Political Campaigning.

Decision 2020: A Deep Dive Into the Florida Primary & Back-to-School Discussion

Florida’s job creators are going through unforeseen and unprecedented times. As Florida’s economic relaunch continues, the 2020 Florida Primary Election only adds fuel to the “what will happen next?” conversation.

Join the Florida Chamber of Commerce for an executive-level discussion on Monday, August 24 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT. when Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish and I will take a closer look at the latest news concerning reopening Florida’s schools and higher education institutions, economic data and answer your questions about Florida’s path forward. We will also be joined by Florida Chamber Vice President of Political Operations Nick Catroppo who will provide his analysis of the Florida Primary Election results.

Monday, August 24
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Thanks for your continued work to help move Florida in the right direction. We look forward to your participation in this informative webinar.

April 2020 SBC Conf Call Speakers-2_03272020

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.

Dr. Jerry Parrish, is the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. Dr. Parrish is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes research reports and articles on the Florida economy and Florida’s competitiveness. 

Nick Catroppo is the Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He has nearly a decade of experience advising government officials and candidates on political and policy matters, and leading successful political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. Catroppo has led and served on numerous campaigns for a variety of candidates, including Attorney General Ashley Moody, Representative James Buchanan, and former Congressmen David Jolly and Richard Nugent. He received his political science degree from the University of South Florida.

2020 Virtual Future of Florida Forum & Annual Meeting

Relaunch & Reimagine Florida’s Future
Stronger Together, Reuniting Business For Good

This year has been unlike any other in our history and while COVID-19 may have slightly diverted the course, our mission remains focused on securing Florida’s future. It is more important than ever. Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for 9 hours of content over the span of three days! The Forum will feature engaging presentations, unique networking opportunities, and insight from the leading voices in Florida and across the nation.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Thursday, Oct. 22
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Each Day

REGISTRATION CLOSED…

But you can still purchase the Digital Pass for $399 and receive all content
2 weeks after the event. 

Only Registration Option after October 15:

Digital Pass Only – $399


Here is Our Mission Crew of Speakers…


Day 1 – Tuesday, Oct. 20 

Speaker Presentation
Todd Powell, VP for Real Estate Development, Weyerhaeuser; Chair, Florida Chamber FoundationOfficial Welcome and Opening Remarks
U.S. Senator Marco RubioSenator Marco Rubio Provides an Update from D.C.
Governor Ron DeSantisAn Important Florida Update from Governor DeSantis
Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of CommerceThe Road to Florida's Recovery and Florida's Future
Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida Chamber FoundationFlorida's Economic Outlook & Overview
Patrick "Pat" Geraghty, President & CEO, Florida BlueThe Employer's Guide to Getting Back to Business Safely
Emmett Reed, Executive Director, Florida Health Care AssociationHow Florida is Protecting its Most Vulnerable Citizens during COVID-19
Ashley Moody, Florida Attorney GeneralSecuring the Future of Florida's Senior Community
Eric D. Hargan, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health and Human ServicesWhere We Go From Here: A Federal COVID-19 Update
Panel:

Lori Reilly, COO, PhRMA





Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA, Former Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Pfizer





Cathy Mayfield, Founder, Lawson Mayfield Memorial Foundation




Richard Nettles, M.D., Vice President, Medical Affairs, Janssen Infectious Diseases, Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC



Developing a Vaccine: Coming Together to Fight COVID-19
Larry Kudlow, Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic CouncilEconomic Outlook: A View from D.C.
Mike Massimino aka "Astro Mike", Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University; Former NASA AstronautShelter in Space: NASA's Approach to Lack of Human Contact, Isolation and Safety
Presented by the Florida Chamber Safety Council
Beth Kigel, Vice President/Director of Smart and Connected Solutions, HNTB Corporation; Chair, Autonomous FloridaFlorida: The Autonomous Capital of the World
Presented by Autonomous Florida
Doug Wheeler, President & CEO, Florida Ports Council The Future of Florida Ports: Delivering Your World
Ananth Prasad, President, Florida Transportation Builders AssociationRoadways of the Future
Presented by the Infrastructure Coalition
Brian LaPointe, Ph.D.,Research Professor, Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic InstituteQuality & Quantity: A Chat on Securing Florida's Water Future
Barbara Humpton, President & CEO, Siemens USAHow to Build a More Resilient and Inclusive Future
John Kaliski, Principal, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.



Emir Pineda, Manager, Aviation & Trade Logistics, Miami-Dade Aviation Department

Trade + Logistics 2030
Presented by the Florida Trade & Logistics Institute

Day 2 – Wednesday, Oct. 21 

Speaker Presentation
Todd Powell, VP for Real Estate Development, Weyerhaeuser; Chair, Florida Chamber FoundationWelcome Day Two
Brittany Birken, Ph.D., Principal Adviser, Community and Economic Development Group, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Equity Gaps x 10: Understanding the Ten Root Causes of Poverty
Presented by the Florida Prosperity Initiative
Deborah Galloway, Regional President, HumanaPromising Practice: Humana's Bold Goal
Pastor Miles McPherson, Founder, Rock Church, San Diego; Former NFL PlayerThe Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation
Presented by the Florida Prosperity Initiative
Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Florida Department of EducationFlorida's Education System: The Path to Florida's Future
The Honorable Vance Aloupis, CEO, The Children's Movement; Florida House of Representatives, District 115 The Business Case for Early Learning
Presented by The Business Alliance for Early Learning
Jason Roth, Regional Manager, TECO Peoples GasBook Smart: A Three-Pronged Approach to Student Success
Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida Chamber FoundationBridging the Gap: Florida Gap Map Demo
Presented by the Florida Prosperity Initiative and The Business Alliance for Early Learning
First Lady Casey DeSantisAn Important Discussion on Mental Health with Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis
Dan Brouillette, U.S. Secretary of EnergyThe Future of Supercomputing and AI: POV from the President's Cabinet
University of FloridaPreparing Florida’s Workforce for the AI Economy
Panel:

Moderator: Michelle Dennard, President & CEO, CareerSource Florida




Tony Carvajal, President & CEO, The Able Trust





Greg Haile, J.D., President, Broward College





Keith Hoskins, Sr. Vice President, Navy Federal Credit Union; Retired, U.S. Navy Captain



Tapping Into Florida's Hidden Talent: Building An Inclusive Workforce
Panel:

Moderator: Dane Eagle, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity




Scott Henderson, Vice President, Test & Flight Operations, Blue Origin




Nathan O'Konek, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Redwire



Build, Launch, and Prosper: The Future of Space Starts in Florida
Dana Young, CEO, VISIT FLORIDA#LoveFL: The Future of Florida Tourism

Day 3 – Thursday, Oct. 22 

Speaker Presentation
Todd Powell, VP for Real Estate Development, Weyerhaeuser; Chair, Florida Chamber FoundationWelcome Day Three
Charley Caulkins, Partner, Fisher Philips; Chair, Florida Chamber of CommerceAnnual Meeting
Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of CommerceAnnual Meeting
Jimmy Patronis, Chief Financial Officer, FloridaThe Future of Florida's Budget
Carolyn Johnson, Director, Business, Economic Development & Innovation Policy, Florida Chamber of CommerceBottom 5 to Top 12: Fixing Florida’s Legal Climate by 2030
Panel:

Nicole Gislason, Executive Director, Haas Center, University of West Florida




Cheryl Kirby, Ph.D., Interim CEO, Florida SBDC Network





Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation


The COVID Effect: The Pandemic's Impact on Florida Small Businesses
Chas Bailes, Chairman & CEO, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits; Chair, Florida Chamber Policy CouncilCOVID Liability Protections: A Call to Action for the Business Community
Nikki Fried, Commissioner, Florida Department of AgricultureReimagining Florida's Agriculture Industry and Rural Economic Development
Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO, Enterprise Florida Inc. The Future of Florida Business Growth and Expansion: An Industry Diversification Talk
Eric Silagy, President & CEO, Florida Power & Light CompanyFPL: Innovating and Disrupting Ourselves to Deliver America's Best Energy Value
Syd Kitson, Chairman & CEO, Kitson & PartnersBuilding for 2030: Sustainable Communities of the Future
Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes The MakeMore Movement
Florida Chamber Political Team PanelDecision 2020: Road to the White House
The Honorable Wilton Simpson, Florida Senate, District 10; Senate President Designate





The Honorable Chris Sprowls, Florida House of Representatives, District 65; House Speaker Designate

The Way Forward: Looking Toward Legislative Session 2021
Jordan Zimmerman, Founder & Chairman, Zimmerman AdvertisingBuilding The Brand of Florida

Florida’s Economic Relaunch – What’s Next?

As Florida moves further into Phase 2 of relaunching our economy, one question that is top of mind for job providers is, “when will our economy fully recover?” Many people are also wondering what other tools and resources America has up its sleeves to stabilize the economy should we experience a resurgence of the coronavirus.

The Florida Chamber is excited to announce that Atlanta Federal Reserve President and CEO Dr. Raphael Bostic will join us for an important discussion on the economy – Thursday, June 25 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT. We invite you and your members to join us and have your questions answered by Dr. Bostic and Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish.

Thursday, June 25
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

To help ensure we address your questions, please answer our brief survey which is included as part of the registration process. In the meantime, thanks for everything you are doing to keep Florida safe. The Florida Chamber will do everything we can to ensure we emerge from this downturn even stronger than before.

Dr. Raphael Bostic took office June 5, 2017, as the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, which serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, covering Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee and has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans. Dr. Bostic is responsible for all the Bank’s activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. He is a participant on the Federal Open Market Committee, the monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Bostic graduated from Harvard University with a combined major in economic and psychology. He earned his doctorate in economics from Stanford University.

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.

Dr. Jerry Parrish is the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. Dr. Parrish is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes research reports and articles on the Florida economy and Florida’s competitiveness.

Florida’s Economic Relaunch Moves Forward to Phase 2

Free for Florida Chamber Members and Foundation Trustees!

Florida is transitioning to Phase 2 of Governor DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step reopening plan, with 64 counties slated to move into Phase 2 on June 5th. This is another important step in relaunching Florida’s economy.

On Friday, June 12 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., join Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish and me for an in depth discussion on what Florida businesses should know about Phase 2. We’ll also continue to highlight how local chambers across Florida are doing their part to relaunch their local economies through the #ChamberStrong movement. We hope you can join us for this timely event.

Friday, June 12
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Member Fee: $0 (If you are a member, please contact ebassett@flfoundation.org to register.)
Non-Member Fee: $49

To help ensure Dr. Parrish and I address your questions, please answer our brief survey which is included as part of the registration process.

In the meantime, thanks for everything you are doing to keep Florida safe. The Florida Chamber will do everything we can to ensure we emerge from this downturn even stronger than before.

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.

Dr. Jerry Parrish is the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. Dr. Parrish is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes research reports and articles on the Florida economy and Florida’s competitiveness.

Florida’s Relaunch Continues

Free for Florida Chamber Members and Foundation Trustees!

During the past several weeks, several different guests have joined us on our webinars – from Florida’s Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, to the Governor’s General Counsel Joe Jacquot, among others. As we move forward in the coming weeks, we will continue to invite special guests to share their latest insights on Florida’s economy, the specifics of Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders, the latest economic information and anything else that’s relevant to getting Florida’s economy back on track. We will also take plenty of time to field your questions on these topics and more.

On Friday, May 29 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., join special guest Florida’s CFO Jimmy Patronis, Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish and me for a continued conversation on reopening and relaunching Florida’s economy, including a discussion of some of the key trends and variables that will determine how our economy fares from this point forward.

Friday, May 29
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Member Fee: $0 (If you are a member, please contact ebassett@flfoundation.org to register.)
Non-Member Fee: $49

To help ensure Dr. Parrish and I address your questions, please answer our brief survey which is included as part of the registration process.

In the meantime, thanks for everything you are doing to keep Florida safe. The Florida Chamber will do everything we can to ensure we emerge from this downturn even stronger than before.

The Honorable Jimmy Patronis serves as the state’s Chief Financial Officer, State Fire Marshal, and member of the Florida Cabinet. CFO Patronis is a native Floridian born and raised in Panama City. He earned his associate degree in restaurant management from Gulf Coast Community College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University. He is a partner in a family-owned seafood restaurant called Captain Anderson’s that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. His public service career began with experience as an intern in the Florida Senate and the United Kingdom’s House of Commons. Following his college graduation, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Florida Elections Commission, and he was later reappointed by Governor Jeb Bush. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2014, representing his hometown region in the Florida Panhandle. He was appointed to serve on Florida’s Public Service Commission, as well as the Constitution Revision Commission.

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.

Dr. Jerry Parrish is the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. Dr. Parrish is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes research reports and articles on the Florida economy and Florida’s competitiveness.

Reimagining Child Care and the Business Response

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning presents “Reimagining Child Care and the Business Response”.

Thursday, May 28

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Children’s Movement of Florida CEO Representative Vance Aloupis will be the keynote speaker and discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on child care facilities. Representative Aloupis will be followed by a panel of educators who will discuss bridging the gap between businesses and child care facilities to help ensure there are high quality programs available as Florida begins to re-open.   

Featured Panelists Include:

“If we want people back to work quickly after COVID-19, Florida must prioritize child care–a too-hidden key to a more rapid recovery.”

Mark Wilson, president and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
David Lawrence Jr., chair, The Children’s Movement of Florida; retired publisher, Miami Herald.

Here’s what the Florida Chamber’s Mark Wilson and David Lawrence of the Children’s Movement recently shared.

Thank you to our Business Alliance for Early Learning Partner

U.S. EPA Administrator to Headline Statewide Health and Safety First: New EPA and CDC Guidelines Webinar

We are now in Phase I of relaunching Florida’s economy. As most of Florida moves through this process, it is important to continue to put health and safety first. This includes closely following common-sense guidelines made available to assist in preventing a resurgence of COVID-19.

Join the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Chamber Safety Council on Wednesday, May 13 from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. EDT for an important webinar featuring U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Katie Yeutter, Chief Strategy & New Ventures Officer and President of Safety Services for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. This discussion will center around the latest guidelines businesses and families should follow when cleaning and disinfecting in the workplace and at home. We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.

To help ensure your questions are addressed during this webinar, please answer our brief survey which is included as part of the registration process.

In the meantime, thanks for everything you are doing to keep Florida safe. The Florida Chamber will do everything we can to ensure we emerge from this downturn even stronger than before.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. On February 28, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as the 15th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. President Donald J. Trump has announced his appointment as the Acting EPA Administrator on July 5, 2018. Mr. Wheeler had previously been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the EPA Deputy Administrator on April 12, 2018. Mr. Wheeler has dedicated his career to advancing sound environmental policies. He began his career during the George H. W. Bush Administration as a Special Assistant in EPA’s Pollution Prevention and Toxics office. He was a Principal and the team leader of the Energy and Environment Practice Group at FaegreBD Consulting, as well as Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels law firm, where he practiced since 2009. He also served as the Co-chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Industry team across the entire firm. Prior to his work with the firm, Mr. Wheeler served for six years as the Majority Staff Director and Chief Counsel, as well as the Minority Staff Director, of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Before his time as the full Senate EPW Committee, Mr. Wheeler served in a similar capacity for six years for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety.
Mr. Wheeler is the past Chairman of the National Energy Resource Organization (NERO) and a Stennis Fellow. Mr. Wheeler is also an Eagle Scout. Mr. Wheeler is from Fairfield, Ohio. He completed his law degree at Washington University in St. Louis, his MBA at George Mason University, and his undergraduate work at Case Western Reserve University in English and Biology.

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.

Katie Yeutter serves as Chief Strategy & New Ventures Officer and President of Safety Services for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, where her focus is on integrating initiatives from the six-year Strategic Plan into existing priorities, programs, and entities to ensure seamless execution, while maintaining brand integrity. This includes launching of a statewide Safety Council, with elements such as a comprehensive study of Florida’s current safety status, private and public organizational safety training programs, as statewide annual safety conference, expansion of The Institute for a Safer Florida, and development of a Safety Advisory Board. Katie is also a member of the National Safety Council and Council of State Chambers.

THIS WEBINAR IS BEING OFFERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE