International Trade and Ports

Florida Chamber-Backed Freight Logistics Bill Passes

CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261

Rep. Ray’s Bill Will Help Make
Florida the Hub for Global Trade

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (April 24, 2015) – Today, a Florida Chamber-backed bill to invest in Florida’s transportation and logistics infrastructure and make Florida more globally competitive is on the way to Governor Scott’s office.

The bill, HB 257 sponsored by Representative Lake Ray (R-Jacksonville), encourages investments in Freight Logistics Zones (areas surrounding and operating with intermodal logistics centers)– attracting new high-wage jobs, growing Florida’s high-skill talent pool and helping to meet Florida’s long-term needs.

“According to research by the Florida Chamber Foundation, investing in Freight Logistics Zones is one of seven key strategies to make Florida more globally competitive,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Freight Logistics Zones encourage regional partnerships and help advance economic development, workforce, and transportation and land use decisions that maximize global opportunities throughout our state. We are proud of legislative champions like Representative Lake Ray for helping to make Florida the hub for global trade.”

We commend Representative Lake Ray and Senator Wilton Simpson for their hard work on this issue. The bill now heads to Governor Scott’s office for his signature.



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