Sen. Jeff Brandes Discusses Diversifying Florida’s Economy on Bottom Line

Florida will continue to grow at a steady pace- in fact, between now and 2030 it’s estimated that there will be approximately 4-5 million new drivers on the road. Our state has a unique opportunity to meet challenges head on, like issues from infrastructure investments, building an innovation economy, ensuring we can diversify our economy and creating solar options for Floridians that make sense.

Click the video below to hear Sen. Jeff Brandes, 2016 Florida Chamber Honor Roll recipient, discuss these issues and more.

Want to hear more from Senator Brandes on military, defense and veteran opportunities? He will be a speaker at our annual Florida Chamber Foundation Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on August 17 in St. Petersburg Florida. Click here to register or to learn more about the event.

Florida Ports Partner with Mexican Ports to Expand Global Opportunities

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today attended a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing between Florida Ports and Mexican Ports – an effort that will further strengthen Florida’s competitive edge in the global economy by expanding trade opportunities between Florida and Mexico.

The signing included representatives from: PortMiami, Port Everglades, Port Manatee, Port Panama City, Port Pensacola, Port Tampa Bay, Florida Ports Council, the Consul General of Mexico in Florida as well as Bill Johnson, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, and Alan Becker, Vice Chair of Enterprise Florida.

The signing took place in Mexico City on the first day of the Florida Chamber’s multi-day economic development trade mission to Mexico. Taking place in coordination with Enterprise Florida, Team Florida also met today with the Governor of the state of Yucatan to discuss international trade partnership opportunities.

Mexico is currently the third largest trading partner for the United States and ranks 10th among Florida’s trading partners, with more than $1.6 billion exported to Mexico in 2015. As such, Mexico provides tremendous growth opportunities for Florida businesses.

Learn More

Join us for a Global Florida: Trade Topics and Trends webinar on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. as we discuss trade and logistics in anticipation of the Panama Canal Expansion opening on June 26.

Enterprise Florida Launches “Florida – The Future is Here” Branding Campaign

New Marketing Brand’s First Creative Campaign Touts Florida’s “Boundless” Opportunities for Business

Enterprise Florida (EFI), the principal economic development organization for the state, announced today the launch of a new global branding initiative. The new branding campaign, “Florida – The Future is Here,” targets national and international business decision makers, site consultants and existing Florida business leaders and residents.

In the highly competitive environment of economic development, the new identity serves as a call to action to business leaders interested in starting, growing or relocating their businesses in Florida, and instills a sense of pride in what the state offers to existing business owners and residents.

“Florida is the best state in the nation to do business,” said Bill Johnson, Florida Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of EFI. “The state has a great business story and this campaign will allow us to tell that story in a way Florida never has. We are excited to share the state’s competitive advantages and let business leaders and decision makers around the world know that the future of business is in Florida.”

 

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Florida Chamber to Build Trade Relations During Peru Trade Mission

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 Peru Chamber of Commerce and
Florida Chamber to Sign MOU

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (March 20, 2015) – Building on Florida’s once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform Florida’s economy into a global hub for trade, logistics and export-oriented manufacturing activities, the Florida Chamber of Commerce will join Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Enterprise Florida on a trade mission trip to Peru next week.

Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber; Lee Sandler, Member, Florida Chamber Board of Directors, Chair of the Florida Chamber International Business Council, and Founding Member of Sandler, Travis, and Rosenberg, P.A.; and Bob Grammig, Member, Florida Chamber Board of Directors and Partner at Holland & Knight, will lead the Florida Chamber delegation.

“The Export Development Trade Mission to Peru will give Florida companies the opportunity to meet current and future trading partners in one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America,” said Bill Johnson, Florida Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Expanding the exports of Florida products to Peru even higher than last year’s $2.8 billion will expand Florida businesses and put even more Floridians to work.”

According to research from the Florida Chamber Foundation, international business and foreign direct investment account for approximately 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity, and directly support more than 1 million Florida jobs. With more than 30 million people and one of the strongest economies in South America, there is a strong potential for Florida companies to expand their exports to Peru. Florida currently exports many different types of Florida-origin products to Peru, including industrial and electric machinery, fertilizers, vehicles, civilian aircraft, and medical instruments.

“Trade missions are effective investments in future trade and are an important way for Florida companies to develop relationships with prospective trade partners,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist at the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Companies that want to expand their exports often find that investing in relationship building leads to more success in finding trading partners and markets.”

Consider These Peru and Florida Facts:

  • With an estimated 229,000 Peruvian visitors to Florida in 2013, Peru is the 14th-highest nation for Florida visitors.
  • According to the Florida Visitors Study 2013, Peru is also the 9th-highest country in terms of tourist spending while in Florida, with more than $364 million spent in 2013.
  • Peru is Florida’s eighth largest trading partner with more than $2.8 billion in Florida products exported to Peru last year,
    Peruvian imports totaled $2.6 billion in 2013,
  • In 2013, Peru achieved its 15th consecutive year of economic growth at 5 percent and Peru continues to be one of the best performing economies in Latin America.

Building a global economy means opportunities for Florida’s small businesses as well. In fact, 95 percent of our state’s 60,000 exporters are small-to-medium-sized businesses that produce two-thirds of Florida’s total export value, according to the Chamber Foundation’s recent Peru Mission Equal Jobs and Economic Opportunity report.

“Big businesses can, in many cases, take care of themselves on this,” said Bob Grammig, Partner at Holland & Knight in a recent Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise interview. “But for smaller businesses, it’s very helpful to have an organization like the Florida Chamber to help drive necessary changes.”

The impact international relationships have on Florida’s businesses can be particularly helpful for small businesses trying to break into international trade like Florida Chamber Foundation trustee Endoscopy Replacement Parts.

“Global trade is an important part of not only our business, but also Florida’s future,” said John Hartnett, Vice President of Global Business Development at Endoscopy Replacement Parts. “The boost Florida companies receive to compete worldwide positions them in helping Florida further develop international business, help our diversification, and help create more jobs in our state.”

While on the Peru Mission, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Lima Chamber of Commerce will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help promote trade and investment opportunities between Peru and the United States. The Wednesday, March 25 signing will include representatives from the Lima Chamber as well as Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber, Lieutenant-Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Lee Sandler of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and Bob Grammig, Partner at Holland & Knight.

Others participating in the Peru trip include: CAMACOL, AMCHAM, Port Miami, Florida Department of Transportation, Port Everglades and more.

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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 Trade Missions Equal High Wage Jobs and Global Opportunities

The Sunshine State is home to more than 60,000 firms dedicated to bringing their goods and services to consumers around the globe. 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.

In Florida, global trade means high-wage jobs and economic prosperity. Economic development and trade missions with partners like Enterprise Florida, Inc. are one way to build Florida’s global economy. In fact, this month, the Florida Chamber’s Director of Global Outreach, Alice Ancona, will join statewide leaders, business and economic development professionals on an economic development mission to Peru. Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson and Enterprise Florida will lead this effort.

“The Export Development Trade Mission to Peru will give Florida companies the opportunity to meet current and future trading partners in one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America,” said Bill Johnson, Florida Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Expanding the exports of Florida products to Peru even higher than last year’s $2.8 billion will expand Florida businesses and put even more Floridians to work.”

With more than 30 million people and one of the strongest economies in South America, there is a strong potential for Florida companies to expand their exports to Peru. Florida currently exports many different types of Florida-origin products to Peru, including industrial and electric machinery, fertilizers, vehicles, civilian aircraft, and medical instruments.

Florida’s tourism industry benefits as well, with an estimated 229,000 Peruvian visitors to Florida in 2013, up 10 percent from 2012. This makes Peru the 14th-highest nation for Florida visitors. According to the Florida Visitors Study 2013, Peru is also the 9th-highest country in terms of tourist spending while in Florida, with more than $364 million spent in 2013.

With three major seaports and more than 5,400 miles of navigable waterways, Florida business have strong trade opportunities in Peru.

“Peru has a dynamic and expanding economy, and is projected to be one of the fastest growing in Latin America for years to come,” Enterprise Florida Senior Vice President of International Trade and Development, Manny Mencia said about the upcoming mission. “This presents unique opportunities for Florida exporters. If you look at the products that are in demand in Peru, they are all sectors in which Florida specializes. The market is well-positioned for Florida companies to expand, and there’s also interest from Peru in expanding relations with Florida.”

Consider these Florida trade facts:

The impact of global trade and building international trade relationships are key for a secure and sustainable future.

Share Your Story:

There are many tools available to help Florida’s diverse businesses take advantage of trade opportunities found in countries like Peru. What are some tools that have been effective in your community? We want to hear from you. Email jparrish@flfoundation.org today and share your story.

Join Us:

Register to attend the Florida Chamber’s International Days summit scheduled for April 7-9 in Tallahassee. Click here to register and to view the agenda.

About the Florida Scorecard:

The Florida Scorecard, located at www.TheFloridaScorecard.com, presents metrics across Florida’s economy. Each month, the Florida Chamber Foundation produces a Scorecard Stat that takes an in-depth look at one aspect of Florida’s economy. If you would like additional information on the Weekly Scorecard Stat or on the Florida Scorecard, please contact Dr. Jerry Parrish with the Florida Chamber Foundation at 850.521.1283.

Bill Johnson Takes Over as CEO of Enterprise Florida

By: Kevin Derby
Bill Johnson, well-known throughout the Sunshine State for his leadership of Miami’s port, was chosen on Thursday to replace outgoing state Commerce Secretary Gray Swoope as CEO of Enterprise Florida, the public-private partnership focused on expanding economic development. After leaving PortMiami, Johnson took over as director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department.

Named by the Enterprise Florida board during its meeting in Tallahassee on Thursday. Johnson starts his new post on March 1. Speaking to the board, Johnson vowed to lead economic development efforts across the state

“I am thrilled that the Enterprise Florida board has voted for Bill Johnson to become the new executive director, Scott said. “For over 30 years, he has worked with local, state and federal officials to get projects done in Florida to benefit our families -– and I know he will continue to work with elected leaders at all levels of government to bring more opportunities to Florida and ensure we continue to win job creation projects.

“Bill did a stellar job running PortMiami — one of the nation’s top container cargo ports and the busiest cruise port in the world — and has overseen the massive Deep Dredge project which will generate around 30,000 jobs in our state,” Scott added. “His vision to expand and grow PortMiami will allow Florida to take advantage of increased trade opportunities with global markets and enable our state to grow as the leading hub for trade and logistics. Bill has a clear record of creating opportunities in our state and is laser-focused on our goal to make Florida the global destination for jobs. I am confident he will help us on our mission to beat Texas to become the No. 1 state for job creation.”

Mark Wilson, the president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, praised Johnson who had been on that organization’s board, insisting the new hire would help Scott bring new jobs to the Sunshine State.

“Thanks to Gov. Scott and Enterprise Florida’s effort to promote Florida’s business climate, companies like Amazon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Deutsche Bank, Embraer, GE, Hertz, Lockheed Martin, Navy Federal Credit Union, Northrop Grumman, Darden, USAA, United Technologies Corp. and Verizon and more have either located or expanded in Florida, creating thousands of jobs and economic opportunities,” said Wilson. “With Bill Johnson at the helm of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber is confident Florida will remain competitive in its efforts to secure new private-sector jobs.”

Florida Chamber Congratulates Former Chamber Board Member Bill Johnson on Being Selected as New Enterprise Florida President and Florida’s Secretary of Commerce

Trade and Logistics Leader Will Create Opportunities for Florida’s Families and Job Creators

Florida Chamber Congratulates Former Chamber Board Member Bill Johnson on Being Selected as New Enterprise Florida President and Florida’s Secretary of Commerce

Trade and logistics leader will create opportunities for Florida’s families and job creators

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is pleased to share that today, Governor Rick Scott appointed Bill Johnson as Florida’s new Secretary of Commerce and President of Enterprise Florida- Florida’s economic development organization. Bill succeeds Gray Swoope who recently announced his resignation, and plans to join the private sector.

The Florida Chamber welcomes Bill, a former Florida Chamber Board of Director member, and former Director of PortMiami, and we say thank you to Gray for his exemplary leadership during his four-year term at Enterprise Florida.

“Thanks to Governor Scott and Enterprise Florida’s effort to promote Florida’s business climate, companies like Amazon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Deutsche Bank, Embraer, GE, Hertz, Lockheed Martin, Navy Federal Credit Union, Northrop Grumman, Darden, USAA, United Technologies Corporation and Verizon and more have either located or expanded in Florida- creating thousands of jobs and economic opportunities,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “With Bill Johnson at the helm of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber is confident Florida will remain competitive in its efforts to secure new private-sector jobs.”

In the early 1990’s, the Florida Chamber Foundation recommended the creation of Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) as a public private partnership organization to place economic development and international trade at the helm of its mission and work in bringing jobs to Florida. Several years later, the Florida Chamber of Commerce led the effort to formally create Enterprise Florida in 1996.

As a member of the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors, Bill Johnson was laser focused on helping ensure Florida becomes a global hub for international trade and exports.

“Through key infrastructure investments and business development, the Florida Chamber has set an aggressive state goal of doubling trade exports.” – Bill Johnson

“The Florida Chamber’s Trade and Logistics Study is the most insightful and actionable economic impact study and I have had the privilege of reading.” – Bill Johnson

Did You Know:

Enterprise Florida has seven trade offices around Florida and 15 international offices in 13 countries? International business accounts for 17 percent of Florida’s economy, and Florida has the second highest number of exports in the U.S., many of which are small businesses.

Join Us:

Register to attend the Florida Chamber Board of Governors Capitol Days March 4-6 in Tallahassee as Bill Johnson leads a panel discussion on more opportunities for global competitive growth. CEOs, small business leaders, local chamber executives and elected officials from across the state will gather to discuss Florida’s transitioning economy and top business priorities for the 2015 legislative session.

The Florida Chamber again congratulates Bill Johnson. We look forward to continuing to make Florida more competitive.