2016 Future of Florida Forum: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

Summit Focuses on Protecting, Growing and Supporting Florida’s Defense Industry, Military and Veterans Workforce

State Leaders Gather at Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunity Summit

 

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (August 17, 2016) – Governor Rick Scott will join military and defense industry experts and elected officials at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit in St. Petersburg today to discuss the opportunities and challenges in Florida’s military economy and leveraging veteran’s expertise and skills.

It is estimated that every Florida business is located within 100 miles of a military installation, making Florida one of the most strategically important states for the U.S. armed forces and a pivotal location for military personnel, defense industry innovations and veterans.

“Florida’s military and defense industry puts nearly 775,000 Floridians to work each year and contributes almost $80 billion to our economy,” said TONY CARVAJAL, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “However, Florida is expected to experience significant demographic, political and economic shifts throughout the next 15 years that will need to be addressed in order to support our veterans and bring more high-wage, high-skill jobs to Florida’s workforce.”

Today’s event will feature a lineup of experts including:

  • Governor Rick Scott
  • Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
  • Congressman Gus Bilirakis
  • Senator Jeff Brandes
  • Representative Paul Renner
  • Representative Jimmie Smith
  • Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Glenn Sutphin, Executive Director, Florida Department of Veteran Affairs

“The military and defense industry is a pillar of Florida’s economy, improving economic prosperity and providing jobs for thousands of Floridians,” said COMMISSIONER PUTNAM. “Florida continues to be at the forefront of new innovations and technology, attracting both the companies and talent needed to grow this industry.”

Additional items for discussion will include BRAC and sequestration, federal issues, veteran leadership and the future of military, defense and homeland security industries.

In addition to the day-long conference discussions, a new animated online video, entitled Florida Leads in Military, Defense and Homeland Security Industry, will be released.

Follow the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on Twitter using the hashtag #IsFLReady.

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Florida Chamber-Backed Comprehensive Water Bill Signed by Governor

Today, Florida took an important step toward securing Florida’s water future, when Governor Scott signed the Florida Chamber-backed water bill into law. This bi-partisan effort is a step in the right direction to ensure that Florida’s water future doesn’t go the way of California.

The Florida Chamber thanks House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, Representative Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres), Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam as well as Florida Chamber members, local chambers of commerce and members of the Florida Chamber’s water coalition for their help in this success.

 

What Does This Law Mean for You?

Click here to read our one-pager, which outlines what this law will mean for your business, your employees and your community.

Comprehensive Water Bill Passes, Heads to Governor For Signature

The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida Legislature for fully passing a Florida Chamber-backed comprehensive water bill today that will help secure our state’s water future.

SB 552, sponsored by Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), takes meaningful steps, using science-based solutions, to help ensure Florida’s water future doesn’t go the way of California.

This measure, which now heads to Governor Rick Scott for signature:

  • Will help ensure clean and abundant water,
  • Reduce the prospect of “water wars” among users in resource-limited areas, and
  • Promote strategic partnerships between the public and private sector in achieving water resource development goals.

The Florida Chamber Foundation estimates that by 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home. We commend House Speaker Steve Crisafulli,  Senator Charlie Dean, Representative Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres),  and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for continuing to champion Florida’s water future.

What’s Next for This Bill

The bill now heads to Governor Scott’s desk to await signature.

Watch and Share Our “Keep Florida Clean & Affordable” Video

Watch the video to learn why Florida needs long-term water solutions and share with your employees, co-workers and friends. Share via twitter and be sure to tag @Florida_Wins.

 

Water Bill En-Route to Governor’s Desk

Ensures Clean and Abundant Water for Future Growth

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 14, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida Legislature for fully passing a Florida Chamber-backed comprehensive water bill today that will help secure our state’s water future.

 

“The Florida Chamber has long supported science-backed efforts that will ensure our state can meet the demands of today and of the future,” said Christopher Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber. “This bill is a meaningful step in the right direction to help ensure Florida’s water future doesn’t go the way of California. This bi-partisan effort is a fantastic start to Florida’s 2016 Legislative Session.”

 

With six million more residents expected to call Florida home by 2030, the Florida Chamber of Commerce believes that securing Florida’s water future is essential in preparing Florida’s infrastructure for smart growth and development.

Bill sponsor Rep. Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres) this week appeared on The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, saying “It’s no secret water is a key component to our success here in Florida.”

The Florida Chamber thanks House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Representative Matt Caldwell (R- Lehigh Acres), and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for continuing to champion Florida’s water future.

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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.

Florida Chamber Applauds Action to Stop Federal Government’s Water Rule

The Florida Chamber Applauds Attorney General and
Agriculture Commissioner for Taking Legal Action to
Stop the Federal Government’s Waters of the U.S. Rule

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today applauds Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for standing up for economic development,  small businesses and Florida’s environment by joining a multi-state lawsuit to block the federal government’s unscientific and newly expanded job killing water rule.

“The EPA’s finalized rule is a massive government overreach that threatens small businesses and private land owners, and goes far beyond efforts needed to protect our nation’s natural resources,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.  “The EPA went too far, too fast, rather than heeding the public’s calls to reevaluate its misguided rulemaking.”

Florida has some of the toughest environmental protections in the nation and the federal government’s action threatens to undermine them.  Under the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ finalized Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, ditches with only ephemeral or intermittent flow may fall under the federal government’s jurisdiction. Also, for the first time ever, the federal rule expressly authorizes EPA and the Corps to assert jurisdiction over marginal surface waters based on mere proximity to navigable waters or partial location within a 100-year floodplain.

“Clean water and environmental protection issues are critical in our state and Florida is better suited than the federal government to establish the regulatory rules necessary to protect our unique waterways. We cannot allow Floridians to bear the brunt of these types of costly and burdensome federal regulations, which would have a significant negative impact on local government, businesses and households all across our state,” said Attorney General Bondi.

Previous EPA efforts to impose burdensome, non-scientific water rules on Florida have been rebuffed by federal courts. With support from the Florida Chamber, Florida’s tough, scientifically-backed water regulations are now guarding our state’s waterways from excess nitrogen and phosphorous pollution.

Clean water is a priority for families and small businesses across Florida. Job creators rely on this natural resource to help provide products and services to their customers. For Florida’s farmers, home builders, retailers, building material manufacturers, transportation industry and other businesses, clean water is an economic necessity. That’s why the Florida Chamber supports Florida’s science-based environmental regulations and opposes EPA efforts to interject unneeded federal bureaucracy. Furthermore, as Floridians we care about water because of the unique quality of life it provides.

“The unconstitutional expansion of the EPA’s jurisdiction over the waters of the United States not only infringes on states’ authority, but also it threatens the sound environmental protection programs we have in place today,” Commissioner Putnam said.

The Florida Chamber believes the federal government should take a page out of Florida’s playbook – following the lead of elected leaders like House Speaker Steve Crisafulli – which is doing more to protect our environment than simply issuing mandates.

In addition to applauding General Bondi and Commissioner Putnam for their efforts to stop the federal WOTUS rule, the Florida Chamber also thanks members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation for their support of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 providing relief for small businesses of WOTUS. This Act would require EPA and the Corps to withdraw this controversial rulemaking and instead pursue a commonsense process involving the states and local stakeholders.  Representatives voting in support of H.R. 1732 included: Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Curt Clawson, Ander Crenshaw, Carlos Curbelo, Ron DeSantis, Mario Diaz-Balart, Gwen Graham, David Jolly, John Mica, Jeff Miller, Rich Nugent, Bill Posey, Tom Rooney, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Dennis Ross, Dan Webster and Ted Yoho.

Learn More

Visit our Water Issue Page to learn more about the Florida Chamber’s position on water.

Governor and Cabinet Proclaim May as Florida World Trade Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261
eousley@flchamber.com

 

 

Florida Chamber, Trade Partners
Champion Trade’s Role in Florida’s Economy

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (May 5, 2015) – Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet today declared May as Florida World Trade Month, presenting a proclamation to the Florida Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the agriculture, manufacturing and ports communities.

“Global trade means high-wage jobs and economic prosperity,” Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber shared with members of the Florida Cabinet, including Governor Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater during the proclamation presentation. “Increasingly, international trade is one of Florida’s top strategies for economic diversification and long-term growth.”

Florida ranks eighth in the United States for “Fresh from Florida” exports of agricultural commodities, valued at an all-time record of $4.2 billion, supporting more than 109,000 jobs and representing an economic value of more than $13 billion. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam sponsored the Florida World Trade Month proclamation.

Economic Impact of Trade:

According to research from the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2), the importance of international trade cannot be denied:

  • International business and foreign direct investment accounts for approximately 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity, and directly supports more than 1 million Florida jobs,
  • Florida is the seventh largest exporter of state-origin products with Florida-origin exports totaling more than $58.6 billion and exports from Florida supporting 275,221 U.S. jobs in 2013,
  • VISIT FLORIDA numbers show more than 98 million visitors came to Florida in 2014,including more than 11 million overseas visitors  and nearly four million Canadian visitors,
  • Florida has more than 60,000 companies registered to export – more than 95 percent of them  are small-to-medium-sized businesses that produce two-thirds of Florida’s average of $64 billion in goods, and
  • Florida has more than 500,000 jobs in transportation, trade, and logistics – which pay 30 percent more than the statewide average!
  • Since December 2010, more than 21,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in Florida,
  • Florida is the leading U.S. state for trade with Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Here’s What Others Are Saying
About Florida World Trade Month:

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

“Our exports have recently reached an all-time high of $4.2 billion, supporting more than 109,000 Florida jobs and contributing more than $13 billion to our state’s economy. International demand for our ‘Fresh From Florida’ products continues to rise, proving that there is nothing better than what we grow right here in Florida.”

Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold

“The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) joins Governor Scott and our partners in continuing our united efforts to make Florida the global center for freight movement and create jobs and opportunities for Florida families. FDOT will continue to invest in strategic assets that make our state the most competitive in the nation for the movement of people and goods.”

U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan

“The impact of international trade to Florida is undeniable – it’s one of the surest ways to turbo-charge long-term economic development and growth. I am proud to celebrate World Trade Month with the Florida Chamber, whose support of these important partnerships and trade agreements help make the Sunshine State the leader in this effort.”

Doug Wheeler, President and CEO, Florida Ports Council

“International trade is critical not only for Florida’s overall economy but for individual families and communities across the state, as well as visiting consumers. Increasing trade creates jobs and brings a better quality of life to our state.”

Nancy Stephens, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Florida

“During World Trade Month, the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) recognizes the critical role international trade plays in boosting our economic growth. We support international trade as an essential part of our business plan ensuring job creation, business growth, and competitive advantages in the global market. In Florida, 1 in 4 manufacturing jobs depend on exports, so MAF works hard to promote trade opportunities with manufacturers to help them export to the 95% of consumers who live outside the United States. Florida has some of the most skilled manufacturers in the country and we look forward to utilizing every trade opportunity available.”

Charlotte Gallogly, World Trade Center Miami

“Our celebration of World Trade Month is targeted at assisting small- to mid-sized companies in Florida to identify new global markets for the sale of their products and services.”

John Hartnett, Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc.

“Leveraging and growing trade and logistics opportunities for Florida companies opens many markets for Made in Florida products and services. Committing to Made in Florida business and targeting worldwide expansion strengthens our long-term economic foundation and global brand.”

 

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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.

Did You Know Florida Typically Receives Nearly Half Its Yearly Rainfall In Only Three Months?

Although precipitation rates in Florida vary from year to year, most years Florida receives nearly half of its rainfall during the months of June, July and August. This is important because although Florida receives more rain than most states, much of the rainfall is lost as storm water runoff. Florida has many months where there is little rainfall, so being able to capture rain water and use it during the drier months will help Florida prepare for the expected increase of 28 percent more water by 2030.

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Data Source: Florida State University Climate Center

According to Michael Minton, Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) member, and Chair of Dean Mead’s Agribusiness Industry Team, Florida’s water management system was designed to drain rainfall from inland areas to the coast as rapidly as possible to keep land usable for commercial and residential development, agriculture, and other land use needs. To continue to grow, Florida must move from a water drainage system to a water storage system.

The challenge for Florida will be how to prepare for population increases, ever-more visitors with four years of record visitation to Florida and further increases expected, as well as more business expansions and relocations to Florida.

“I believe water is the biggest long-term issue facing Florida. If we don’t have a sustainable, high-quality, affordable source of water to support environmental and economic development initiatives, then Florida as we know it ceases to exist,” said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Florida is the national leader in reusing water, most of which is used for residential and golf course irrigation. As of 2013, there are 482 facilities providing recycled water in our state.

Studies indicate that Florida will need $32.4 billion in new drinking and wastewater infrastructure spending by 2020, as well as $750 million over the next 10 years for capital improvements and maintenance for flood control.

Florida also has the opportunity to expand its leading positions in fruit and vegetable production, if water resources in our state are developed properly for the future. With recurring droughts in other states, Florida could produce even more healthy food for our families as well as those in other states and other countries. Florida is already the number one state in value of production of oranges and grapefruit as well as fresh market snap beans, cucumbers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and watermelons.

According to Commissioner Putnam, “When our communities work together with our water districts, Florida can be prepared not only to produce more fresh Florida food, but we can also be prepared for increases in the population and more business activity and tourism.”

The Florida Chamber’s Capitol Days will be held March 4-6 in Tallahassee, and will feature leaders from the Legislature and experts from around the state on many topics, including Securing Florida’s Water FutureClick here to view the agenda. Click here to register for the Florida Chamber’s Capitol Days.

Share Your Story:

How is your business engaged in exporting Florida-origin products? Share your story by contacting the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Chief Economist Jerry Parrish at jparrish@flfoundation.org.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Congratulates Florida Chamber-backed Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on His Reelection

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CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261
eousley@flchamber.com

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (November 4, 2014) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce issued the below statement regarding Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s reelection.

 “Good government can only be obtained by electing candidates who understand Florida’s future needs and who aren’t afraid to put the long term ahead of the short term,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“In Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Floridians have reelected a leader that is focused on helping Florida meet its water and energy needs and committed to ensuring the health of Florida’s agriculture industry remains strong.”

 

 

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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.