Florida Chamber Foundation Receives 50th Anniversary Resolution


On March 8, the Florida Chamber Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary – and we have come a long way in 50 years. We may have started off as the Florida State Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation in 1968, but since then we have grown to be Florida’s leading private, non-profit, non-partisan, business-led think-tank. And it’s thanks to our members that we are able to continue our legacy and look forward to the next 50 years.

Deborah Curry, Sue Homant, Karen Moore, and Cynthia O’Connell for stood with us as we received a resolution from Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet.

Register Today for the 2017 Future of Florida Forum


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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.


Florida Chamber Foundation Chair Doug Davidson Discusses Florida’s Future

“I want to help prepare our state for economic growth.”

Doug Davidson, Commercial Banking Marketing Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Chair, Florida Chamber Foundation

From tomorrow’s workforce to changes in how we move people, the Florida Chamber Foundation’s focus is on our state’s future. As the new Florida Chamber Foundation Chair, Doug Davidson will lead the way to many of these future discussions.

“I think there are challenges and I think there are opportunities that can be very positive for our state,” said DAVIDSON.

As the third most populous state in the nation, and growing, meeting the needs of the next generation of Floridians is one challenge the Florida Chamber and Florida Chamber Foundation seek to address.
For instance, by 2030, its estimated water demand will increase by 20 percent and we will need infrastructure systems that can handle 150 million visitors each year. So just how does our state prepare for growth? As Davidson explains, Florida 2030 can help guide us. Florida 2030 is the culmination of years’ worth of research that will be the blueprint for our state’s strategic plan from now to 2030. The gaps captured in Florida 2030 will be pivotal for our state to succeed.

“I’m very optimistic of what the Florida 2030 study is going to do for this state,” said DAVIDSON. “It will become a unifying document, a unifying discussion around the state. The study is already underway- we have literally spoken to thousands of people, we are traveling around the state, we’re listening to people around the state about what’s important in their communities… Two million more jobs are going to be necessary to keep the same level of employment that we’re enjoying today in the state of Florida. I see the Florida 2030 study as being a statewide discussion so that we can better prepare.”