Florida Chamber of Commerce Leads Delegation of Job Creators to Washington, D.C.

By: Edie Ousley

Advocacy Efforts Focus on Trade, Private Sector Job Growth and Economic Prosperity

WASHINGTON D.C. (May 14, 2019) — The Florida Chamber of Commerce is taking its advocacy efforts to Washington, D.C. this week, in support of private-sector job creation, international trade, and creating more opportunities for economic prosperity. The Florida Chamber’s delegation includes business leaders from across Florida, representing small businesses and the state’s largest employers, and will include meetings with Florida’s Congressional Delegation, federal agencies and foreign dignitaries.

Spearheaded by the Florida Chamber’s federal advocacy team, the “D.C. Fly-In” is occurring while the nation’s Capital celebrates National Infrastructure Week, and falls on the heels of the Florida Chamber’s reinforced undertaking of its long and steady infrastructure and growth leadership efforts through the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition.

“While new trade tariffs on China have just gone into effect, many in Florida remain eager for Congress to advance a vote on the United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) as soon as possible,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to sharing that message in Washington, D.C. as well as advocating for the new Space Command military branch to be located in Florida.”

The Florida Chamber’s “D.C. Fly-In” delegation will focus their attention on promoting Florida as a destination for foreign direct investment, a hub for global trade and more. Meetings will take place with:

  • United States Senator Marco Rubio (R)
  • United States Senator Rick Scott (R)
  • Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D, FL-7)
  • Congressman Michael Waltz (R, FL 6)
  • Congressman Vern Buchanan (R, FL-16)
  • Congressman Dan Webster (R, FL-11)
  • Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R, FL-25)
  • William Zarit, Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in China
  • And more.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.