Florida Chamber Rallies for Job Creators During 2018 D.C. Fly-In

By: Florida Chamber of Commerce

Members of the Florida Chamber of Commerce recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for a three-day “Fly-In” supporting private-sector job creation, regulatory reform, creating opportunities for economic prosperity and emphasizing the importance of trade to job creation in Florida.

Led by Florida Chamber Chair Bob Grammig, Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP, Stan Connally, Jr., Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce Policy Council; Chairman, President & CEO, Gulf Power Company and Will Weatherford, Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Council; Managing Partner, Weatherford Capital, Florida Chamber members participated in an in-depth briefing with Florida’s Congressional Delegation, as well as one-on-one meetings with various members of Congress.

One of the highlights from the 2018 D.C. Fly-In was dinner with Congressman Tom Rooney, who recently announced he will be retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives after serving in Congress for 10 years. Congressman Rooney was honored for his accomplished career in Congress. The dinner was sponsored by Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Florida Chamber members also attended a reception with Florida’s Congressional delegation during which Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, retiring after nearly three decades in Congress, and Congressman Dennis Ross, who is retiring after eight years in Congress, were honored for their many years of service and dedication to Florida’s business community.

This year’s event also featured dinner with former Florida Chamber Chair, Congressman Vern Buchanan, who sits on the Ways and Means Committee which has jurisdiction over international trade and taxation policy.

Florida Chamber members pictured during meetings with members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation.

Additionally, Florida Chamber members met with Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the U.S., during which Ambassador Mulhall provided insight on opportunities in Ireland for Florida businesses. The Florida Chamber’s upcoming business development and trade mission to Dublin, Ireland and London, U.K. was also discussed.

A meeting also took place with Grover Burthey, U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. The discussion included the Trump administration’s focus on infrastructure and how it ties-in with Florida’s economic growth opportunities.

Florida Chamber members meet with Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the U.S. and Grover Burthey, U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy.

The Florida Chamber’s Federal Advocacy team will be traveling to Washington, D.C. again for additional meetings with Florida’s Congressional Delegation to ensure Florida’s business community continues to be heard. For details, please contact Daniel Tapia at dtapia@flchamber.com or (850) 521-1206.

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