Florida Leaders to Speak at Florida Chamber 2017 International Days

Will You be Part of the Conversation?

Join the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida’s international business community for the Florida Chamber’s 2017 International Days event, held February 14-15 in Tallahassee. With 2.5 million Florida jobs supported by international trade and commerce, will you be part of this conversation? Register today; early bird registration rates end December 30.

 

Business and Industry Leaders Speaking Include:

  • The Honorable Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India – Atlanta
  • Chris Hart IV, Incoming Secretary of Commerce and President/CEO of Enterprise Florida
  • Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President of Florida International University; Chairman of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 
  • Jacob Stuart, President, Central Florida Partnership
  • Glenn Cooper, Shareholder, GrayRobinson P.A.
  • Mark Wilson, President andCEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

 

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

Contact Dan Tapia for more information on what being an event sponsor means.

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Central Florida Super Region Has the 10th Largest Gross Regional Product in the Nation

Last week, all eyes were on Central Florida for all the wrong reasons. This week, we want to focus on the enormous growth and opportunities in that region.

Representing more than 7.1 million people in 15 counties, the Central Florida “Super Region” has an estimated economic impact of $300 billion and accounts for the 10th largest gross regional product in the United States. Contributing to the super region’s growth are the public, private and philanthropic leadership of the Central Florida Partnership, Tampa Bay Partnership, as well as the regional planning councils, EDCs, chambers and business community that recognized working together offered a competitive advantage when marketing regional assets and pursuing public policy priorities.

As the third largest state in the nation, Florida benefits from many regional partnerships statewide that have the power to streamline regulations and permitting, improve infrastructure, expand into new markets and bolster workforce training for local businesses – all in an effort to create more job opportunities and improve the quality of life for residents.

Does your region have the necessary resources to attract economic growth? What are your candidates and elected officials doing to make your community competitive?

Get Involved:

The Florida Chamber Foundation will be hosting Florida 2030 town hall meetings in all 67 counties. If you are interested in hosting a meeting in your community or would like to participate in one that’s already been scheduled, contact Whitney Harris at wharris@flfoundation.org or 850-521-1237.

Florida Chamber Champions Healthcare Expansion and Lower Premiums During Central Florida Partnership Business Briefing

 

CEO Mark Wilson Says: Expand Healthcare and Give Us Our Eight Percent Back

ORLANDO, FL. (April 24, 2015) – Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson today told a sold-out crowd attending the Central Florida Partnership Business Briefing that Florida should expand healthcare coverage and lower insurance premiums on the insured by finally ending the eight percent “cost shift”.

The Florida Hospital Association reports that hospitals currently “cost shift” about $1.4 billion of uncompensated care onto those who have health coverage – increasing premiums by about eight percent.

“At the Florida Chamber, we believe Florida has an opportunity to set the national example for expanding healthcare coverage while also lowering costs on Floridians and reforming Florida’s healthcare system,” Wilson said during the “Expanding Healthcare and Ending the Cost Shift Now” Business Briefing. “Simply put, expand healthcare coverage to more Floridians, and give us our eight percent back.”

Making Florida more competitive means making tough choices, and putting the long-term security of Florida’s future ahead of short-term fixes. Currently:

  • One-seventh of Florida’s economy is based on healthcare, and
    About 30 percent of Florida’s budget is consumed by Medicaid.

Worse yet, those numbers are growing – eclipsing Florida’s spending in crucial areas like education. As our state prepares to add six million new residents by 2030, it’s more important than ever that we get healthcare coverage right.

That’s why the Florida Chamber’s Healthcare Task Force, made up of volunteer business leaders from around Florida, developed a comprehensive Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida plan. It embraces expanding coverage and lowering costs, while achieving better healthcare outcomes and eliminating the $1.4 billion hidden healthcare tax that is “shifted” onto Floridians.

Smart solutions to further lower costs include reducing major cost drivers like:

  • Billions in healthcare fraud,
  • Inflated workers’ comp reimbursements,
  • Meritless lawsuits,
  • Allowing telemedicine to serve as an alternative healthcare delivery system, and
  • Enabling nurse practitioners to practice to their fullest potential.

“Most importantly, limiting the overall financial impact on the Medicaid budget to no more than 32 percent, and allowing a flow through of savings in the form of lower insurance premiums is a key component of the Florida Chamber’s plan,” Wilson added.

The Florida Chamber has championed a Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida plan throughout the legislative session. Wilson testified before the Florida Senate on more than one occasion, offered a 49-page comprehensive healthcare proposal as well as executive overview, and shared an educational video of Florida’s $1.4 billion hidden healthcare tax with employees throughout Florida.

Given that lawmakers remain far apart on their current budget discussions – a result of the House and Senate having different positions on healthcare expansion, the Florida Chamber is also recommending that lawmakers separate the federal funding of the Low Income Pool (LIP) from ending the cost shift. After securing LIP funding from the federal government, the Florida Chamber is hopeful that the Florida Legislature will return to the negotiating table to address the real opportunities in Florida’s healthcare arena – improving the quality of care, expand coverage, finally end the eight percent cost shift, protect taxpayers, reduce fraud and lower healthcare costs for Floridians.

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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 President Encourages Smart and Sustainable Water Solutions

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

 

“Florida will need to produce 28 percent more water by 2030,” says Mark Wilson

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (November 21, 2014) – Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson today encouraged Central Florida leaders to help secure Florida’s future by identifying smart and sustainable solutions to meet Florida’s long-term water needs. Wilson, speaking at the Central Florida Partnership’s Regional Leadership Forum – Working Together to Advance a Regional Water Strategy – said Florida will need to produce 28 percent more water by 2030 to serve our state’s growing population.

“Water is Florida’s most precious resource,” said Wilson. “As Florida becomes the third most populous state in the nation, investing in Florida’s water infrastructure needs is necessary to keep pace with our growth and maintain our world-class environmental assets.”

The Florida Chamber, along with partners like the Central Florida Partnership, is helping lead a conversation both in Tallahassee and throughout the state to help identify smart solutions to address long-term water needs.

According to the Florida Chamber Foundation:

  • Florida currently uses 7 billion gallons of water each day.
    By 2030, Florida’s population will grow by an additional 5 million people.
    Florida’s growing population will likely require 9 billion gallons of water every day by 2030.

“Smart and sustainable solutions will help answer questions like where extra water will come from, how water rates will be affected and how we will minimize any negative impacts to our environment,” Wilson explained. “These are the questions we must answer in order to secure Florida’s future.”

Florida’s long-term water needs are a top priority for the Florida Chamber. To secure Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber continues to work with Governor Rick Scott, the Cabinet and members of the Florida Legislature to identify sustainable, high-quality, affordable sources of water to support environmental and economic development initiatives. Florida’s water future is among the Florida Chamber’s advocacy initiatives outlined in the 2015 Florida Business Agenda.

 

 

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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.