Military Summit Sponsor Unveils Future of Flight Training

 

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Florida Chamber Foundation Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit Sponsor Boeing, Partners with UCF to Unveil “Virtual Co-Pilots”

In case you missed it, Boeing and the University of Central Florida have developed new technology that will allow pilots to train with a virtual co-pilot, which will help streamline future pilot training.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are crucial pieces to new and innovative technology. Orlando is a hub for innovations like this, thanks in part to partnerships between companies like Boeing and higher educational institutes like the University of Central Florida.

Will You Help Drive the Conversation on How Technological Advancements Can Ensure Florida Remains Globally Competitive?

We will be in Orlando discussing the importance of emerging technology and expanding industries with Florida’s top military and defense leaders as part of our 2017 Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunites Summit. Alongside Boeing, attendees will hear from industry leaders like Lockheed Martin, Harris Corp., Cybrix Group, FloridaMakes and the Florida Defense Contractors Association.

2017 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit

 

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The 2017 Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit will gather leaders from Florida’s military and defense industry, economic development experts, policymakers and the business community  to examine the challenges facing Florida throughout the next 15-plus years and identify solutions.

Will You Be Part of the Conversation?

Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit
August 8, 2017
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Dr
Orlando, FL 32821

Watch the video highlights of last year’s event or for more information on how you can get involved, email kbustamante@flfoundation.org.

 

Future of Florida’s Defense Industry and Workforce Discussed at Military, Defense & Veterans Summit

Florida’s Workforce, Defense Industries and BRAC were Focus of  Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit

The Florida Chamber Foundation recently hosted the 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit that attracted some of Florida’s most influential leaders to discuss the Future of Florida’s economy and the role our military and defense industries and veterans population play in securing Florida’s future. During the summit, participants heard from business, military and elected leaders from around Florida and  discussed how to resolve some of today’s challenges and take advantage of future opportunities.

To illustrate the important economic impact of the defense industry and Florida’s veterans, the Florida Chamber Foundation released a new Florida Wins video. Florida’s military and defense industry helps employ nearly 775,000 Floridians to work each year and contributes almost $80 billion to our economy.

“The military and defense industry is a pillar of Florida’s economy, improving economic prosperity and providing jobs for thousands of Floridians,” said AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES COMMISSIONER ADAM PUTNAM, a keynote speaker at the Summit. “Florida continues to be at the forefront of new innovations and technology, attracting both the companies and talent needed to grow this industry.”

Jeffrey Cathey, Senior Military Affairs Executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and Glen Sutphin, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs discussed how important veterans’ military experience is to closing the skills gap and building a trained workforce that can enhance Florida’s ability to attract businesses who are considering moving to or expanding into Florida.
Visit the Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities webpage to view videos of portions of the Summit.

We will continue this discussion at the Future of Florida Forum, taking place September 28-30 in Orlando.  Register today to join the conversation.

2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit Photos

Governor Rick Scott Awards Medals of Honor to Veterans

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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 8/17/16-During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO
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Summit Focuses on Protecting, Growing and Supporting Florida’s Defense Industry, Military and Veterans Workforce

State Leaders Gather at Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunity Summit

 

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (August 17, 2016) – Governor Rick Scott will join military and defense industry experts and elected officials at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit in St. Petersburg today to discuss the opportunities and challenges in Florida’s military economy and leveraging veteran’s expertise and skills.

It is estimated that every Florida business is located within 100 miles of a military installation, making Florida one of the most strategically important states for the U.S. armed forces and a pivotal location for military personnel, defense industry innovations and veterans.

“Florida’s military and defense industry puts nearly 775,000 Floridians to work each year and contributes almost $80 billion to our economy,” said TONY CARVAJAL, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “However, Florida is expected to experience significant demographic, political and economic shifts throughout the next 15 years that will need to be addressed in order to support our veterans and bring more high-wage, high-skill jobs to Florida’s workforce.”

Today’s event will feature a lineup of experts including:

  • Governor Rick Scott
  • Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
  • Congressman Gus Bilirakis
  • Senator Jeff Brandes
  • Representative Paul Renner
  • Representative Jimmie Smith
  • Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Glenn Sutphin, Executive Director, Florida Department of Veteran Affairs

“The military and defense industry is a pillar of Florida’s economy, improving economic prosperity and providing jobs for thousands of Floridians,” said COMMISSIONER PUTNAM. “Florida continues to be at the forefront of new innovations and technology, attracting both the companies and talent needed to grow this industry.”

Additional items for discussion will include BRAC and sequestration, federal issues, veteran leadership and the future of military, defense and homeland security industries.

In addition to the day-long conference discussions, a new animated online video, entitled Florida Leads in Military, Defense and Homeland Security Industry, will be released.

Follow the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on Twitter using the hashtag #IsFLReady.

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