Statewide Business Leaders Attend Florida Chamber’s Capitol Days

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 Meet With Lawmakers and Focus on Top Legislative Priorities

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (March 5, 2015) – To help make Florida more competitive, more than 200 business leaders from throughout Florida are gathered in Tallahassee today for the Florida Chamber’s Board of Governors Capitol Days and are sharing the Florida Business Agenda with members of the Florida Legislature.

CEOs, small business leaders, local chamber executives and elected officials from across the state gathered to discuss Florida’s transitioning economy and top business priorities for the 2015 legislative session, including water and healthcare.

“Is so important to the future of this state that your voice be heard,” said former Maine Governor John McKernan, Jr., President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and one of the Florida Chamber’s keynote speakers.

Chief among the competitiveness issues discussed during the two-day conference were:

Securing Florida’s Water Future

Featuring Rep. Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres), Craig Varn, General Counsel at Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Philip Waller, Vice President at MWH Holdings, Inc., Michael Minton, Chair of the Agribusiness Industry Team at Dean Mead, and David Childs, Esq., Hopping Green & Sams. Securing Florida’s water future is one of the Florida Chamber’s top legislative priorities. Learn more about Florida’s water needs by watching this short VIDEO.

Prescription for a Cure: Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida

Featuring Kelly James, Florida Blue Center for Health Policy, Audrey Brown, Florida Association of Health Plans and Janet DuBoise, Florida Nurse Practitioner Network. The Florida Chamber’s Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida plan is a top legislative priority. Learn more about the Florida’s healthcare needs by watching this short VIDEO.

Climbing out of Florida’s “Judicial Hellhole”

Featuring Marc Salm, Publix Super Markets, Inc., William Large, Florida Justice Reform Institute, Michael Carlson, Personal Insurance Federation of Florida, and Mark Delegal, Holland & Knight. Florida’s legal climate ranks in the bottom 10. Lawsuit abuse reform is one of the Florida Chamber’s top legislative priority. Learn more the $3,400 lawsuit abuse tax on Florida families by clicking HERE.

Labor’s Job Killing Agenda

Featuring Ted Phlegar, Esq., U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Scott Dudley, Florida League of Cities, Sara Clements, Foundation for Florida’s Future, David Hart and Mark Wilson of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Later today, delegates will storm the Florida Capitol to meet with lawmakers, watch the Florida House of Representative in session as they are expected to pass the Florida Chamber-backed water bill, and attend a reception at the Governor’s Mansion.



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 Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

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