Got An Idea for Florida’s Constitution?

Submit Your Ideas for Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission No Later Than Friday

Friday is the deadline to submit citizen proposals to Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission.

Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Chairman Carlos Beruff and CRC Commissioner Belinda Keiser, while speaking at the Florida Chamber’s Future of Florida Forum last week in Orlando, encouraged Floridians to have their voices and concerns heard and to submit ideas and changes to Florida’s constitution. The deadline for submitting citizen proposals has been extended to this Friday, October 6.

This week in Tallahassee, members of the CRC began reviewing proposals from citizens, including measures relating to write-in candidates, infrastructure funding and restoration of voting rights for felons.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to closely follow the CRC and encourage thoughts and ideas from the public for changes to Florida’s constitution.

Share Your Ideas on How to Move Florida Forward

The CRC is a unique opportunity for Floridians to make changes to the state constitution and make Florida an even better place to live. If you have a proposal you think would make Florida better, please contact me at (850) 521-1242 or cemmanuel@flchamber.com.

Belinda Keiser: Contribute Your Ideas to Florida’s Constitution

 

On this episode of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Keiser University’s Vice Chancellor Belinda Keiser explains the importance of participating in Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Taking place once every 20 years, the CRC is an opportunity for “citizens of Florida to weigh-in” on Florida’s constitution.

 

Did You Know:

Established in 1968, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission is the only one of its kind allowing regular changes to the state constitution.

Join the CRC Discussion Taking Place at the Future of Florida Forum:

Members of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, including CRC Chair Carlos Beruff, will participate in a panel discussion during the Florida Chamber’s Future of Florida Forum. Register to attend today.

CRC Public Proposal Deadline Extended:

Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission has extended the deadline to submit proposal to October 6. The deadline was extended to accommodate for Hurricane Irma. To submit your proposal, click here.

An Interview with Belinda Keiser, Keiser University

As the Florida Chamber of Commerce celebrates 100 years of securing Florida’s Future, we’re shining a light on Florida leaders that are dedicated to Florida’s long-term future –partners like Keiser University, Florida Chamber members since 2001.

In a recent interview with Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor of Community and Student Advancement for Keiser University, she shared exactly why partnerships with organizations like the Florida Chamber matter to our state’s long-term future.

“As a Florida-founded organization, Keiser University joins the Florida Chamber in their mission of ‘leading Florida to a new and sustainable economy,’” said Keiser. “Similar to the Florida Chamber, we are guided by a strategic vision, and the ability for our graduates to compete in our state and global marketplace is a priority. The Florida Chamber’s accountable commitment to solutions, actions, and leadership to secure our state’s future is one of the primary reasons we have renewed our membership year after year.”

 

The Florida Chamber knows that Florida’s economic development cannot continue to grow without a focus on a quality education system. A focus on higher education initiatives goes hand-in-hand with a competitive workforce.

According to Keiser, “The ability to compete head-on through cultivation of our talent is critical. Encouraging Florida businesses to continue creating innovative educational partnerships which provide students access to internships, tuition reimbursement, employment opportunities, scholarships, mentoring, and study abroad programs, will maximize a student’s educational experience and encourage entrepreneurship. When students (and families) invest in education and they see how their preparation allows them to achieve their professional goals, the impact becomes generational.”

 

Florida will also have unique workforce issues to address between now and 2030, especially in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

In fact, the Florida Chamber Foundation estimates by the year 2030, Florida needs to create and fill two million net new jobs, including 65,000 STEM jobs that are still needing to be filled today.

 

“The challenges include meeting the professional and career workforce needs and creating opportunities to attract companies in high-wage, high-tech fields in the most targeted industries such as: aerospace, logistics, transportation and distribution, information technology, and the life sciences including nursing, which continues to be the top occupation in demand with nearly 15,000 openings across the state,” said Keiser. “Florida must continue to attract companies who will grow our economy by expanding our current businesses, launching new ventures, and promoting an environment where Florida’s small business owners can continue to thrive. Higher education needs to be responsive to their needs, listening to industry advisors – which Keiser University has nearly 2,000 – who guide and foster major economic development and business advancement in our state.”

 

Keiser University was started 40 years ago and prides itself on its strategic vision for a better Florida. This is one reason why the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars framework is important and has helped overcome some of the education challenges that Florida has faced in years past.

“Identifying ‘Talent Supply and Education’ as one of the Six Pillars for Florida’s future has generated awareness, solutions, and action on these challenges. The Florida Chamber continues to collaborate with Enterprise Florida, Workforce Florida, Space Florida, and other groups to bring attention and resolve to our state’s higher educational needs,” said Keiser. “This focus should result in more degrees earned by 2030, the year which the Florida Chamber noted, Florida will be serving an additional six million residents; and, we will be prepared.”

While the fight is far from over, Florida is headed in the right direction. With initiatives to help improve early learning opportunities, attract and retain world class talent while pushing for a highly-skilled, competitive talent pool, partners like Keiser University help continue the fight for free enterprise.

When asked how Keiser University envisions the next 100 years of Florida’s education future will look, Keiser addressed innovation and global competitiveness.

“There must be more focus on innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors,” said Keiser. By 2030, 50 percent of existing businesses will cease, however, new opportunities continue to abound. The biggest growth in our economy is in small business. Keiser University is establishing a Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Global Leadership, because we envision these will be the areas in which Florida’s graduates can excel over the next 100 years. In an international marketplace, students must be prepared to compete globally, excel, and have a desire to serve as a core value.”

The Florida Chamber supports its partners and echoes Belinda Keiser’s thoughts that, “by working together, we help graduates to gain a career that will allow them to provide for their families, become leaders in their industry, and realize their dreams.”

A Global Economy Means Opportunities for Florida’s Future

Florida’s economy is moving in the right direction again. Recent polls from the Florida Chamber’s Political Institute confirm that likely voters remain confident in our economy’s recovery. But while our state is moving in the right direction, we are at a pivotal turning point. Florida is now moving towards becoming the hub for global trade.

For Keiser University, a global economy equals opportunities for Florida’s future talent and workforce. By providing degree programs in Florida, and in China and Nicaragua, we are providing educational opportunities and options to students who will move our state, and the world, forward. For over 40 years, included in the University’s mission is a focus on preparing students to effectively compete, lead and serve in Florida and the global marketplace.  We must continue to work towards attracting and retaining the best talent we can to Florida. And we must do this in high wage fields, which will help diversify Florida’s economy. Our state has a strong foundation in tourism and agriculture, but we can now build on foundation by providing opportunities for innovation, STEM, research and development and more.

At Keiser, we believe closing the talent gap is key to sustained economic development. And what better way to grow, than to grow globally?

To get involved with the Florida Chamber’s global efforts, contact Alice Ancona at aancona@flchamber.com.

Written by Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor, Keiser University