Preparing Florida’s Infrastructure for Smart Growth and Development

Think about it. Florida is already the third largest state in America and we’re growing by over 1,000 new residents every day. We have 21 million residents and we’ll grow by five million more by 2030. By then, we’ll have three million more drivers on our roads, 50 million more visitors and we’ll need 20 percent more water. The good news is that Florida’s business leaders have a plan and it’s getting traction. This is good for Florida, good for job creation and it’s a great way to Secure Florida’s Future.

While we’re growing, Florida is also becoming more diverse. Aging Baby Boomers will continue to swell Florida’s elder population and at the same time, the Millennial and GenX generations are growing as a share of Florida’s total population. As Florida’s population changes, it is important that our infrastructure systems respond to their changing needs. Creating long-term investments in Florida’s transportation, energy, water, telecommunications and agriculture infrastructure is essential. Our infrastructure needs to support growing demand as well as a wide range of options – from sustainable water solutions to autonomous transportation systems.

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida 2030 research outlines where Florida needs to be by 2030 to remain globally competitive. To secure Florida’s future, we must consider the water and energy needs for nearly five million more residents, be ready for the hard and soft infrastructure needs like broader telecommunications, improved roadways and railways, air, space and sea ports, ensure Floridians can connect to job opportunities, education, healthcare options, each other and the world, as well as support continued economic growth while preserving Florida’s essential environment and community assets.


How Do We Make Sure Florida Is Prepared for Smarter Growth?

The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition, chaired by former Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad, is focused on creating long-term investments in Florida’s energy, water, transportation, telecommunications, and agriculture infrastructure. With Washington, D.C.’s likely focus on infrastructure, the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition aims to maximize Florida’s economic growth opportunities. And, here at the state level, double down on efforts to prepare for Florida’s growing population through infrastructure investments. As part of the Florida Chamber’s continuing efforts, we are working closely with state leaders like Senate President Bill Galvano to enact smarter growth policies that meet Florida’s long-term needs and will, this week, present recommendations the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition has prepared for Florida’s elected officials to consider.

The Florida Chamber understands the importance innovation and technology play in Florida’s future- specifically as they relate to Florida’s infrastructure future. Florida 2030 research estimates that by 2030, more than 25 percent of all miles driven (including freight) could be by autonomous vehicles. With guidance and leadership from state leaders like Senator Jeff Brandes, Syd Kitson of Babcock Ranch and Grayson Brulte of Brulte & Company, the Florida Chamber created Autonomous Florida, a statewide initiative that works to ensure Florida continues leading the way in autonomous transportation. Our vision? To make Florida the autonomous capital of “all things autonomous” in North America.

I believe Florida will continue to grow and we can remain competitive if we plan better for the next five million residents than we did for the last five million.


This week, leaders from around Florida and the nation will gather at American’s first solar powered town, Babcock Ranch for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2018 Growth & Infrastructure Summit, to discuss the future of Florida’s transportation and infrastructure systems, as well as outline the strategies needed to grow smarter. Governor-elect DeSantis, Senate President Galvano and House Speaker Oliva have all signaled an interest in keeping innovation and infrastructure at the core of Florida’s economic development future. This is great news as we fight to Secure Florida’s Future.

December 10, 2018

Join Senator Bill Galvano for a Discussion on Florida’s Future Infrastructure Growth

Creating long-term investments in Florida’s energy, water, transportation, telecommunications, and rural infrastructure is a vital part of effectively preparing for Florida’s future infrastructure needs.

The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition, chaired by Ananth Prasad, President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders Association, is committed to leading this discussion. Join us for a webinar on June 26 where Senator Bill Galvano, Florida Senate President Designate, will share why one of his biggest priorities as Senate President will be Florida’s infrastructure needs.

The Webinar Will Also Feature Discussions About:

    Opportunities for better integration – leveraging innovation and technology for infrastructure development which improves accessibility.
    Advancing the development of rural infrastructure and future corridors that are cross-sector focused – addressing energy, digital and connectivity gaps.
    Advancing strategic infrastructure investments that support and expand global competitiveness and position Florida as the hub for trade and logistics.


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Get Involved

For more information on the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition, click here or contact Alice Ancona at (850) 521-1210 or

Florida Chamber of Commerce Doubles Down On Infrastructure and Growth Leadership Efforts

Infrastructure Coalition to Serve as Unified Voice of Business Preparing for Florida’s Future Growth


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 4, 2018) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced a reinforced undertaking of its long and steady infrastructure and growth leadership efforts. The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition will serve as the unified voice of business preparing for Florida’s future growth.


“With 26 million people expected to call Florida home by 2030, a growing Florida means a growing need for infrastructure to support our increasing population and increasing visitors,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce.


The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition is focused on creating long-term investments in Florida’s energy, water, transportation, telecommunications, and agriculture infrastructure. With Washington, D.C.’s renewed focus on infrastructure, the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition aims to maximize Florida’s economic growth opportunities. And at the state level, double down on efforts to prepare for Florida’s growing population through infrastructure investments.


“Florida’s economy will reach $1 trillion by the end of 2018, and it’s important that we continue to focus on strategic, innovative and transformative infrastructure investments that will allow Florida to continue to compete and succeed on a global scale,” said SENATE PRESIDENT DESIGNATE BILL GALVANO, who has placed infrastructure among his top legislative priorities. “By working together with the business community and the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition, we can ensure a prosperous future for Florida.”


Ananth Prasad, President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, and former Department of Transportation Secretary will spearhead the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition. During Prasad’s time as Florida Department of Transportation Secretary, he continued to protect Florida’s Transportation Trust Fund, allowing fundamental infrastructure projects to flourish. He is also credited with creating historic investments in Florida’s transportation infrastructure.


“As we look toward the future of infrastructure in Florida, we must dream big,” said ANANTH PRASAD, President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association. “Tourism is up, Florida’s population continues to grow, and now, we must match it with innovations in every mode of infrastructure to move people and goods more efficiently.”


The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition will soon travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation and officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation during National Infrastructure Week. The Infrastructure Coalition will provide its list of recommended infrastructure investments to state and federal leaders.


Learn more about the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition by visiting


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Ananth Prasad Discusses the Future of Florida’s Transportation Systems

Ananth Prasad, Senior Vice President and National Transportation Practice Leader with HNTB Corporation and former Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Discusses the future of Florida’s transportation systems on the Latest Edition of The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line

The topic of this issue of The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line includes the transformation of transportation, changes in technology and the need to embrace new ways of connecting people to their destination.

“Transportation is going through a real transformation stage right now.  Technology is going to play a big part in how we use our infrastructure, how we optimize throughput and how we connect the different modes.”

“We need to continue to create an environment where innovation takes place and Florida becomes the first state where we have connected cars on the highways. We have the legislation in place, the framework in place and we need to continue to stay ahead of it.”


Get involved:

The Chamber Foundation will discuss these issues and other topics at the 2016 Transportation Summit being held on December 6 in Miami.  Register today by visiting

Florida Chamber Foundation Honors Ananth Prasad with Champion Award

Ananth Prasad Honored for Service to Florida

Florida Chamber Foundation Awards Prasad During Transportation Summit

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (January 29, 2014) – Today, the Florida Chamber Foundation honored former Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Ananth Prasad with a Champion for Florida’s Future award during the Chamber Foundation’s annual Transportation Summit in Greenville, Florida.

“Mark [Wilson] has been a tremendous partner of the Department of Transportation and when I became secretary I realized that to achieve what Governor Scott laid out, we needed to partner with the [Florida] Chamber,” said Ananth Prasad. “I think you heard Secretary Boxold also talk about what the Governor did, and what Mark helped us realized is that DOT is much more than roads and bridges- that we are truly a facilitator of economic development and if we don’t do it right, businesses will not grow and worse yet, businesses will leave our great state.”

For more than 20 years, Prasad worked with FDOT to make our state more competitive and was an integral part of major projects including Florida’s record investment in ports, roads, and rail, as well as innovations in both safety for Floridians and the use of public-private partnerships.   These projects have created countless jobs for our state, and have helped Florida become a leader in both economic development and quality of life.

“I can tell you when I look back to the last 21 years of public service, the last four years have been the best in the sense of, as an agency, I think we realized that it’s not roads, bridges, turn lanes or potholes, it is truly about economic development,” said Ananth Prasad. “I can’t thank Mark and his team, and the [Florida] Chamber Foundation for your support. These sort of summits are really important to laying that agenda.  When we talk about the transportation trust fund and sweeping the trust fund it is not to benefit the road builder or engineering firm, it’s to benefit Floridians and all the businesses that work in Florida. It’s much bigger than asphalt, concrete or engineering-it is truly economic development. I will continue to work with the Florida Chamber and continue to advance this great state.”

“Ananth has not only been a good friend to Florida but a pro-business, pro-Florida partner as well,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Ananth has set a standard for leadership. We wish him well on his next journey and are excited to continue our partnership with FDOT and Secretary Jim Boxold.”

New FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold kicked off the Chamber Foundation’s one-day Transportation Summit by launching a discussion that included FDOT’s five-year plan and the overall future of transportation in Florida.

“With a growing population, the Florida Chamber Foundation takes discussions on Florida’s Transportation future very seriously,” said Carvajal. “By bringing together industry experts with those affected by transportation issues, we can not only plan for the future, but we are able to plan better for the next six million residents.”



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