Did You Know: Florida’s Manufacturing Industry Employs More than 360,000 Floridians

In fact, Florida’s manufacturing industry is growing faster than the U.S.

The Florida Chamber Foundation met with hundreds of manufacturers from around the state at FloridaMakes’ Make More Manufacturing Summit last week in Orlando – a national hub for advanced manufacturing. From discussions on the future of Florida’s manufacturing industry and the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade & Logistics reports, to why the Move, Make, Multiply strategy is key to securing Florida’s global competitiveness and how we can continue to build our talent workforce- manufacturing leaders are making sure the right conversations are happening.

In a letter to the editor submitted to the Orlando Sentinel, Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes, discusses the importance of building Florida’s manufacturing economy:

“The development of a current and future talent base, the adoption and application of advanced manufacturing technologies, and an increase in our share of the domestic and international market for manufactured goods will translate to a more resilient and robust manufacturing economy in Florida.”

Share Your Thoughts on Florida’s Manufacturing Industry

The impact of manufacturing to Florida’s $1 trillion economy is significant. Tell us what you think about Florida’s manufacturing future by clicking here to take the Florida Chamber’s manufacturing survey.

Florida Manufacturing Grows Faster than the Nation – But is Our Region Ready for the Future?

Author: Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes

Submitted to: Orlando Sentinel

 

According to the Florida Chamber Foundation, Florida’s manufacturing continues to grow at a rate faster than the U.S. In a recent Forbes Article, the Orlando, Miami, and West Palm regions are ranked 1, 4, & 5 in top regions where manufacturing is thriving in our country.

The Central Florida region exemplifies how impactful the convergence of industry, business, and talent is for economic development. An article in Chief Executive Magazine stated the Orlando area is the “nation’s foremost hub for optics technology and advanced manufacturing”.

With more than 21,500 manufacturing businesses and more than 375,000 manufacturing jobs in Florida, we must look to the future and continue to accelerate growth between now and 2030. The development of a current and future talent base, the adoption and application of advanced manufacturing technologies, and an increase in our share of the domestic and international market for manufactured goods will translate to a more resilient and robust manufacturing economy in Florida.

FloridaMakes focuses on engaging and applying manufacturing assets throughout Florida- from industry, academia, and the public sector- to accelerate access to the right resources for business and industry leaders to be able to succeed. We have launched the Make More Manufacturing Summit to engage industry and government leaders from around the state to work together to chart a path toward a more resilient, diversified economy overall in Florida, leading to a prosperous future for our citizens.

Learn more about the summit at www.FloridaMakes.com/events.

 

Share Your Thoughts on Florida’s Manufacturing Industry

The impact of manufacturing to Florida’s $1 trillion economy is significant. Tell us what you think about Florida’s manufacturing future by clicking here to take the Florida Chamber’s manufacturing survey.

Make More Manufacturing Summit

The MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around connecting ecosystem stakeholders with the needs and realities of industry leaders from the manufacturing sector.

It intends to serve as an annual platform to exchange ideas around how our state resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in this sector. Join in-depth discussions as we build a road-map to strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging our resources to accelerate the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector.

 

Key Themes:

-Technology Acceleration
-Talent Development
-Business Growth
-Business Environment

Speakers Include:

-Nancy Bryan, BioFlorida
-Tony Carvajal, Florida Chamber Foundation
-Andra Cornelius, CareerSource Florida, Inc.
-Frank DiBello, Space Florida
-Mike Grissom, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
-Marc Hoenstine, Duke Energy
-Adrienne Johnston, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
-Chester Kennedy, BRIDG
-Dale Ketcham, Space Florida
-Mary Ann Pacelli, National Institute of Standard and Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership
-Jerry Parrish, Florida Chamber Foundation
-Lake Ray, First Coast Manufacturers Association

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.