Florida Chamber Foundation Announces Chair of Innovation Research Report

The Florida Chamber Foundation and the Florida Research Consortium have partnered to develop a research report addressing the future of Florida’s innovation economy ecosystem. “Blueprint for an Innovation Economy in Florida” will assess the impact of expanding innovation activity on Florida’s economy and create a roadmap for state-level policy and investments.

J. Charles “Charlie” Gray, Chairman of the Board and Founding Director of GrayRobinson law firm, has been selected to serve as co-chair of the report. Gray will provide counsel and guidance on research activities and lead the rollout of the report, which is expected to be released in October 2015.

“Charlie Gray has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to improving Florida’s economy through innovation,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “His history of success as a business and civic leader make him the perfect choice for co-chairing this report.”

As a business-led, solutions development and research organization dedicated to securing Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber Foundation has had a long and successful history of partnering on a number of important studies such as “Florida Trade & Logistics Study 2.0,” “Closing the Talent Gap” and others. “Blueprint for an Innovation Economy in Florida” will be a vital component of the Chamber Foundation’s upcoming Cornerstone 2030 strategic plan to shape Florida’s future economy.

“I am honored to be a part of this important project,” said Gray. “This report will provide recommendations on how to expand Florida’s innovation economy and propel our state’s investment in advanced technology research.”

We invite leaders in the fields of business, technology, venture capital and education to join us in our effort to improve Florida’s innovation economy. If you are interested in contributing your expertise or support, please contact jparrish@flfoundation.org.