Florida Chamber Rallies for Job Creators During 2018 D.C. Fly-In

Members of the Florida Chamber of Commerce recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for a three-day “Fly-In” supporting private-sector job creation, regulatory reform, creating opportunities for economic prosperity and emphasizing the importance of trade to job creation in Florida.

Led by Florida Chamber Chair Bob Grammig, Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP, Stan Connally, Jr., Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce Policy Council; Chairman, President & CEO, Gulf Power Company and Will Weatherford, Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Council; Managing Partner, Weatherford Capital, Florida Chamber members participated in an in-depth briefing with Florida’s Congressional Delegation, as well as one-on-one meetings with various members of Congress.

One of the highlights from the 2018 D.C. Fly-In was dinner with Congressman Tom Rooney, who recently announced he will be retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives after serving in Congress for 10 years. Congressman Rooney was honored for his accomplished career in Congress. The dinner was sponsored by Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Florida Chamber members also attended a reception with Florida’s Congressional delegation during which Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, retiring after nearly three decades in Congress, and Congressman Dennis Ross, who is retiring after eight years in Congress, were honored for their many years of service and dedication to Florida’s business community.

This year’s event also featured dinner with former Florida Chamber Chair, Congressman Vern Buchanan, who sits on the Ways and Means Committee which has jurisdiction over international trade and taxation policy.

Florida Chamber members pictured during meetings with members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation.

Additionally, Florida Chamber members met with Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the U.S., during which Ambassador Mulhall provided insight on opportunities in Ireland for Florida businesses. The Florida Chamber’s upcoming business development and trade mission to Dublin, Ireland and London, U.K. was also discussed.

A meeting also took place with Grover Burthey, U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. The discussion included the Trump administration’s focus on infrastructure and how it ties-in with Florida’s economic growth opportunities.

Florida Chamber members meet with Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the U.S. and Grover Burthey, U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy.

The Florida Chamber’s Federal Advocacy team will be traveling to Washington, D.C. again for additional meetings with Florida’s Congressional Delegation to ensure Florida’s business community continues to be heard. For details, please contact Daniel Tapia at dtapia@flchamber.com or (850) 521-1206.

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Click here to learn more about how the Florida Chamber advocates at all levels of government – local, state and federal to ensure Florida is moving in the right direction, and Florida businesses like yours are being heard on the issues that matter to them. To get onnected, contact Dan Tapia at dtapia@flchamber.com or (850) 521-1206.

Governor and Cabinet Declare May as Florida World Trade Month

 

World Trade Month Resolution     D.C. Fly-In     Infrastructure Coalition     Infrastructure Week

 

Florida Chamber of Commerce in D.C. This Week Advocating Support of International Trade

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 15, 2018) — Recognizing the significant role international commerce plays in Florida’s economy, Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet have declared May as Florida World Trade Month. This state of Florida Resolution is being shared with Florida’s Congressional Delegation and federal agency leaders this week as the Florida Chamber of Commerce leads a contingency of Florida job creators on a “D.C. Fly-In” advocating for support of international trade.

“Florida is not just a great place to live and do business, but has an incredibly diversified economy” said BOB GRAMMIG, Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce and Partner, Holland & Knight. “By expanding Florida’s role as the global hub for trade and logistics, we are creating jobs, attracting and retaining talent and providing more opportunities for businesses who want to grow or expand in our state.”

The Florida Chamber has a long-standing history of supporting free trade, expanding international trade and investment opportunities for Florida businesses and communities. The Florida Chamber’s “D.C. Fly-In” is a part of the organizations efforts to solidify Florida’s competitiveness at all levels of government – local, state and federal.

International Trade is Big Business for Florida:

  • It supports over two million jobs – one in five jobs in Florida,
  • It accounts for approximately 17 percent of Florida’s economy,
  • Over 61,000 companies in Florida export products or services, and
  • 95 percent of Florida’s exporters are small- and medium-sized companies.

 

“International trade and investment – like water – flows through the path of least resistance,” said ALICE ANCONA, Director, International Strategy and Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber works every day to ensure that the benefits of trade and investment flow to Florida’s job creators and workers to ensure that we remain the most globally competitive state in the country.”

 

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, 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 Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Leads Delegation of Job Creators to Washington, D.C.

 

Infrastructure Coalition     Infrastructure Week

 

Advocacy Efforts Focus on International Trade, Infrastructure and Targeted Tax Reform

WASHINGTON D.C. (May 14, 2018) — The Florida Chamber of Commerce is taking its advocacy efforts to Washington, D.C. this week, emphasizing the importance of international trade, infrastructure and targeted tax reforms. The Florida Chamber’s delegation includes business leaders from across the state, representing small businesses and the state’s largest employers, and will include meetings with Florida’s Congressional Delegation, federal agencies and foreign dignitaries.

Spearheaded by the Florida Chamber’s federal advocacy team, the “D.C. Fly-In” is occurring while the nation’s Capital celebrates National Infrastructure Week, and falls on the heels of the Florida Chamber’s reinforced undertaking of its long and steady infrastructure and growth leadership efforts through the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition.

“It’s important for Florida to be represented at the federal level so that the voices of Florida’s job creators are heard,” said ALICE ANCONA, Director, International Strategy and Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We will continue to advocate for businesses at all levels of government to ensure Florida remains the best place for jobs to stay and grow.”

The Florida Chamber’s “D.C. Fly-In” delegation will focus their attention on international trade, the latest with federal infrastructure efforts, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2.0 and more. Meetings will take place with:

  • U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
  • U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan
  • U.S. Representative Neal Dunn
  • U.S. Representative Ted Deutch
  • U.S. Representative Ted Yoho
  • U.S. Representative Brian Mast
  • Ambassador of Ireland and more.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, 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 Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber Urges Action on Key Issues During D.C. Fly-In

Florida Chamber of Commerce members recently returned from Washington, D.C., where they met with members of the Florida Congressional Delegation to discuss long overdue federal tax reform, healthcare and the importance of trade to job creation in Florida.

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Florida Chamber representatives and Florida business leaders meet with members of the Florida Congressional Delegation,  including Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Vern Buchanan 

The Florida Chamber’s Washington D.C. Fly-In included individual meetings with members of the Florida Congressional Delegation, including Senator Marco Rubio, House Committee on Appropriations Member Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Ways and Means Committee Member, Co-Chair of the Florida Congressional Delegation, Past Chair of the Florida Chamber Board of Directors, Congressman Vern Buchanan, and others.

Additional discussions included addressing common sense regulatory reform, lowering healthcare costs and creating better outcomes, investing in infrastructure, entitlement reform and passing the Water Resources Development Act.

Here’s how you can get involved with the Florida Chamber’s efforts:

Pushing Back Against Overreaching Federal Regulations

Florida Chamber Holds Washington, D.C. ‘Fly-In’ to Meet With Lawmakers/Federal Officials

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9 , 2015) – With job creators facing a tidal wave of overreaching federal regulations, the Florida Chamber of Commerce this week is leading a delegation of board members on a “Washington, D.C. Fly-In,” meeting with members of Florida’s Congressional delegation – urging their support of job creators and pushing back against burdensome regulations.

Overreaching federal regulations is the number one concern of Florida Chamber members and partners, according to its latest Florida Business Agenda survey.

“Florida companies are increasingly concerned about the tsunami of federal regulations headed their way,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber.

“The Florida Chamber’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In allows our members and partners to serve as citizen lobbyists, side-by-side with our professional advocacy team, to further strengthen the voice of Florida’s business community and to say enough is enough when it comes to overreaching federal regulations.”

In recent weeks, the Florida Chamber has officially opposed numerous overreaching federal regulations, including:

• EPA’s Waters of the U. S. Rule
• EPA’s Ozone Regulations Rule
• EPA’s Clean Power Plan Rule
• Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule

The Florida Chamber’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In includes meetings with:

• Congresswoman Corrine Brown
• Congressman Vern Buchanan
• Congressman Carlos Curbelo
• Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
• Congressman David Jolly
• Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen
• Congressman Daniel Webster
• U.S. Chamber of Commerce
• U.S. Department of Agriculture

During the two-days of meetings, the Florida Chamber team also discussed:

• Reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank
• Transportation reauthorization (related to surface transportation)
• International trade

Spearheading this Florida Chamber advocacy opportunity are Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach, and Drew Preston, Chief of Staff & Vice President, Office of the President.

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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.