Registration Open for Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit
Registration is now open for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2019 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit. Register today and join leaders from Florida’s military and defense industry, economic development experts, policymakers and the business community to examine the challenges and opportunities facing this important industry as well as strengthening Florida’s position as the most veteran friendly state.
This year we are extending the length of the Summit to ensure we have time for more in-depth discussions. Click here to view the FloridaWins.org video on the future of Military, Defense and Veterans, and highlights from a previous Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit
August 13-14, 2019
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
For information on sponsorship opportunities contact Aaron Kinnon at akinnon@FlFoundation.org
Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis Joins 2018 Insurance Summit Line-up
Florida’s CFO Shares His To-Do List
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, will discuss his plans to address issues plaguing Florida’s insurance industry. The time is NOW to stabilize Florida’s insurance markets and lower costs for Florida policy holders. REGISTER TODAY and take part in informative discussions focusing on -crucial issues facing insurers, business leaders and consumers.
Panel Discussions Will Include:
– Managing CAT Risk: A Key to Financial Security
-Citizens at Work: Responding to Challenges
-Innovation at Work: Growing Florida’s Private Flood Insurance Market
Registration Now Open: Global Florida Dinner
Register today for the Florida Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In and Global Florida Dinner, and join international stakeholders from across the state, as well as members of the Consular Corp and foreign trade offices for a dynamic discussion on how to maintain and expand Florida’s position as an international trade leader.
Are Florida’s Infrastructure Systems Ready for 2030?
Join Statewide Leaders at Florida’s Growth & Infrastructure Summit Register Today
How will Florida handle the increase in population that is expected by 2030 and how do we prepare for this growth? Join business and industry leaders from around Florida at the Growth and Infrastructure Summit to discuss these issues and more:
- Florida’s transportation opportunities,
- The future of Florida’s Trade & Logistics 2.0 report,
- Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition,
- Autonomous Florida, and
- Florida’s current and future infrastructure needs.
Florida Chamber Foundation 2018 Growth & Infrastructure Summit
December 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Healthy Life Center at Babcock Ranch
42880 Crescent Loop, Suite 100
Babcock Ranch, FL 33982
Attendees will also take a deeper dive into the Infrastructure and Growth Leadership portion of Florida 2030, the Florida Chamber Foundation’s three-year, multi-million dollar research project- and learn what more than 10,000 Florida leaders said about Florida’s future.
Can Florida Get There From Here?
Join us at Port Canaveral on December 12 for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Transportation Summit. Florida’s transportation experts, business leaders and policy makers will come together to take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities facing Florida’s transportation systems today and throughout the next 20 years.
Topics will include connectivity, innovations and technology, how Florida can leverage its infrastructure, how Florida can move and make more product to help multiply economic impact to our state, and more.
Register Today for the 2017 Future of Florida Forum
By 2030, nearly 26 million Floridians will call Florida home. Is Florida ready to remain globally competitive, create high-wage jobs and economic opportunity, and fuel vibrant and sustainable communities? The Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Future of Florida Forum will bring together Florida’s business leaders, industry experts and elected officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges impacting Florida’s future between now and 2030.
Topics such as workforce, education, prosperity, global competitiveness, innovation, economic development and more will be examined – are you ready to help lead the conversation?
And for the first time, the Florida Chamber Foundation is proud to work alongside the Florida Commission on the Status of Women to host the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in conjunction with the Future of Florida Forum, in order to honor women who have made a significant contribution to Florida.
Bob Grammig Discusses Importance of International Efforts
“The [Florida] Chamber is the foremost organization in driving international trade in the state of Florida.”
– Bob Grammig, Attorney at Holland & Knight and Florida Chamber Regional Board Chair for Tampa Bay
International trade is an essential part of Florida’s economy. Bob Grammig, Attorney at Holland & Knight and Florida Chamber Regional Board Chair for Tampa Bay, joined Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach of the Florida Chamber, on the most recent edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line.
“Partially through the efforts of the [Florida] Chamber, but also due to the leadership of the Governor, we’ve had massive investments in ports and airports and other mechanisms to facilitate international trade,” said Grammig. “All Florida businesses should be cognizant of the ability to take advantage of these investments and for the benefit of their employees and our communities in general.”
At the Florida Chamber, we know companies that engage in international trade are more productive, pay higher wages, grow faster and employ more Floridians. According to Grammig, it’s easy for business to help advance Florida international trade presence.
“One of the best ways I believe companies can take advantage of these benefits it to get involved in activities in with the [Florida] Chamber. The [Florida] Chamber is the foremost organization in driving international trade in the state of Florida. Through the various programs that chamber puts on as well as the resources available from the [Florida] Chamber, companies can significantly improve their international trade situation, once again for the benefit of their employees and for our communities in general.”
The Florida Chamber’s International Days event will take place on February 23 and 24 in Tallahassee and will convene leaders in international trade, who will help provide businesses with a forum to exchange ideas on best practices and most recent developments in international trade in our state.
According to Grammig, this event can make a difference for companies looking for more information on our state’s international efforts:
“Recently, there have been year-over-year significant advances made by the state in the international arena and this is a very good opportunity for companies to be able to learn about those advancements and come up with strategies to take advantage of those advances.”
Florida Chamber Co-Hosts Childhood Education
The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Chamber Foundation believe that a quality education is the best way to ensure Florida students can compete in a global economy. Securing Florida’s future over the long-term means making the right policy choices in the short-term. To help in this arena, the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning identifies and tackles the challenges that will help tomorrow’s leaders succeed.
Early childhood education, particularly between ages 0-8, is essential for a child’s development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Preparing our youngest students to learn provides a foundation for future success and helps them develop important skills such as self-discipline, persistence and cooperation–skills that are essential to their future success and a quality workforce.
In support of that initiative, the Florida Chamber co-hosted the Children’s Week Business Leaders Luncheon this month, along with The Children’s Movement of Florida, The Florida Council of 100, Florida TaxWatch, United Way and the Children’s Forum, to engage business leaders, legislators and community partners in a discussion about the importance of early learning.
Mike Fernandez, CEO of MBF Healthcare Partners and Founder of the Miami-Dade Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, was featured as our keynote speaker. Considered by many to be one of Florida’s most successful entrepreneurs, Fernandez spoke about investment in early childhood education and giving every child a chance for success. The luncheon concluded with an overview of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning and what the statewide network of business leaders is doing to affect education policy reform and investments in early childhood programs.
Consider these facts:
- Eighty-five percent of brain growth occurs by the time a child is three.
- Participants in early childhood learning programs are 80 percent more likely to attend college.
- High quality early childhood education programs increase employability by 23 percent
- Adults who attended early childhood programs earn 33 percent higher average salaries.
In a letter written after the luncheon, David Lawrence, Jr., Chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida and one of Florida’s most respected early learning advocates, said, “For years children’s advocates have talked about the importance of the business community coming to the table on early learning. This week, the business community was fully seated at that table.”
The Florida Chamber Foundation encourages business leaders like you to join our Business Alliance for Early Learning. Businesses from around the state are tackling the Florida Chamber Foundation’s essential issues impacting Florida’s future talent pipeline. Join us as we engage businesses, families and community leaders in securing Florida’s future through creating America’s most aligned, quality early education initiative.
- Join the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning today and help plan for Florida’s education future.
- Watch videos from the 2015 Children’s Week Business Luncheon here.
ICYMI: Commissioner Putnam Announces “Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy” at Mosaic’s Second Annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum
At Mosaic’s second annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam unveiled a new advanced web-based tool, a statewide map that identifies high-risk communities in Florida with a lack of access to nutritional foods.
“The possibilities of this roadmap are unlimited,” said Commissioner Putnam. “It will help state agencies like mine make better-informed decisions about where we use our limited resources to support Florida communities at greatest risk. This tool also will assist nonprofits, food banks and other organizations to identify gaps in resources, determine the most effective approaches and yield a greater impact on the residents of Florida.”
For the full release, please visit Mosaic.
To learn more about Commissioner Putnam’s Roadmap initiative, please visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
You’re Invited to the 2014 Future of Florida Forum
You’re invited to attend the 2014 Future of Florida Forum, September 29-October 1 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Convention Center in Orlando. Spend 48 hours with Florida’s top business, policy, state and community leaders to secure Florida’s future.
The Florida Children’s Council Invites You to the 2014 Future of Florida Forum
Dr. Brittany Birken, Florida Children’s Council, invites you to attend the 2014 Future of Florida Forum, September 29-October 1 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Convention Center in Orlando. Spend 48 hours with Florida’s top business, policy, state and community leaders to secure Florida’s future.
The Florida Ports Council Invites You to the 2014 Future of Florida Forum
Doug Wheeler, Florida Ports Council, invites you to attend the 2014 Future of Florida Forum, September 29-October 1 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Convention Center in Orlando. Spend 48 hours with Florida’s top business, policy, state and community leaders to secure Florida’s future.
Jack Sullivan Invites You to the Future of Florida Forum
Jack Sullivan, President and CEO of the Florida Research Consortium, invites you to attend the 2014 Future of Florida Forum, September 29-October 1 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center in Orlando. Spend 48 hours with Florida’s top business, policy, state and community leaders to secure Florida’s future.
Senate President Gaetz Invites You to Future of Florida Forum
Senate President Don Gaetz invites you to attend the 2014 Future of Florida Forum, September 29-October 1 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando. Spend 48 hours with Florida’s top business, policy, state and community leaders to secure Florida’s future.