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Florida Chamber Foundation Releases Business Climate & Competitiveness Recommendations from Florida 2030 Report

BRADENTON, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2018) – The Florida Chamber Foundation today released preliminary recommendations on the future of Florida’s business climate and competitiveness during its Florida 2030 Business Climate & Competitiveness Rollout. Florida 2030 is a three-year research project that seeks to identify the challenges and opportunities facing Florida between now and 2030 and create a blueprint for Florida’s future.


“I believe that Florida is moving in the right direction, but it is vitally important that we all work hard to sustain our momentum,” said Steve Knopik, CEO of Bealls Inc. and Past Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida 2030 research report is a rich source of information on where our state is headed in the decade ahead and outlines some important steps that we must consider to meet our challenges head-on. Opportunities for future success abound, and I believe that we all must shoulder some of the responsibility to act so that Florida continues to be the best state in which to live, work, learn and start a business.”


Discussion at today’s statewide rollout centered on how Florida can continue to create a strong and responsive business climate, and how to ensure Florida remains a world-class destination for talent, capital and opportunity.


Research released today shows:

  • Florida ranks 2nd best state in the nation to do business, and more than 667,000 business establishments called Florida home in 2017. How can Florida leverage its globally competitive business climate to adapt to the changing nature of work, and attract and retain increasingly mobile entrepreneurs and “gig” economy workers?
  • While Florida has one of the best state business tax climates in the nation, businesses remain concerned about the costs related to Florida’s 5th worst legal climate ranking. How can Florida reverse this trend, and become one of the best legal climates in the nation by 2030?


To view, download and share the full recommendations released today on Business Climate & Competitiveness, visit There, you will also be able to view, download and share the Trends & Indicators for the Future Report, which outlines Florida’s challenges and opportunities for 2030.


“Florida’s future is bright and businesses and companies around the world are continuing to look at the Sunshine State as the place where they can start, relocate or grow their business,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Florida’s leaders at the local, state and federal level must prioritize business climate and competitiveness to ensure that we will remain a leader so that the free flow of ideas, talent, capital and innovation remain at the forefront of everything we do. Florida 2030 provides a comprehensive roadmap to help secure Florida’s future.”


The Florida 2030 preliminary research recommendations are being released statewide and the full report will be released at the 2018 Future of Florida Forum September 26-27 in Orlando. Media are welcome to attend and should RSVP to


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The Florida Chamber Foundation is the business-led, solutions development and research organization working in partnership with state business leaders to secure Florida’s future. The Foundation’s “Six Pillars” serve as a visioning platform for developing the first-ever long-term strategic plan for the state. The Foundation’s work focuses on: 1) Talent Supply & Education, 2) Innovation & Economic Development, 3) Infrastructure & Growth Leadership, 4) Business Climate & Competitiveness, 5) Civic & Governance Systems, and 6) Quality of Life & Quality Places. Founded in 1968, the Foundation is a crucial voice for improving the state’s pro-business climate to enable Florida to grow and prosper. Visit  for more information.

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