Commerce Secretary Jamal Sowell and EFI’s Economic Plan

We are pleased to welcome Florida’s Secretary of Commerce and Enterprise Florida President and CEO Jamal Sowell as a featured speaker at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2019 Future of Florida Forum.

Secretary Sowell will discuss Governor DeSantis’ bold vision for economic growth in Florida, highlighting the Governor’s recent business development missions, industries that are important to Florida’s economy including aviation/aerospace and financial services, and opportunities for the business community to help expand and diversify Florida’s economy.

Register today to reserve your spot and be a part of this discussion and other important conversations on how we grow Florida’s economy from the 17th largest in the world to the 10th largest on the planet.

2019 Future of Florida Forum

October 28-29, 2019
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
One Grand Cypress Boulevard
Orlando, Florida

Florida Chamber Board Chair Invites You to Join us in September

 

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Florida Chamber Board Chair Bob Grammig Invites You to Join us at the 2018 Future of Florida Forum

Have you registered for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2018 Future of Florida Forum? Join us as Florida’s business leaders, industry experts and elected officials from around the state lead conversations on topics from the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida 2030 research, including:

  • Florida’s cradle to career continuum and preparing tomorrow’s workforce,
  • Diversifying national and global markets,
  • Preparing Florida’s infrastructure and transportation systems for the next 5.4 million residents,
  • Creating the nation’s best business climate,
  • Promoting economic opportunity for all Floridians,
  • The future of connected communities,
  • and more!

Click here for a snap shot of the Future of Florida agenda.

The Future of Florida Forum will once again work alongside the Florida Commission on the Status of Women to host the 2018 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to honor women who have made a significant contribution to Florida.

Florida Chamber Foundation Focuses on Future of Florida At Annual Future of Florida Forum

Orlando, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2017) – The Florida Chamber Foundation this week is gathering business and industry leaders and elected officials from around the state at the 2017 Future of Florida Forum in Orlando to ask, is Florida ready for the future?

From conversations on economic prosperity and the future of workforce to discussions on Hurricane Irma recovery efforts and what Florida’s next steps are, this two-day event asks business leaders to lead conversations with state and local leaders to help secure Florida’s future.

The event began with Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis discussing Hurricane Irma recovery efforts around the state. His remarks focused on assignment of benefits abuse, which contributes to increasing insurance rates in Florida.

His call to action to businesses and legislators was clear- “doing nothing is not an option.”

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam also discussed the future of Florida’s agriculture industry and with it, the future of talent and workforce, and the need to attract new jobs to our state.

“All the bright and shiny industries that we want to come here- we need to have the talent to have those jobs,” said Commissioner Putnam.

 

Day one of the 2017 Future of Florida Forum continues with a special Women’s Hall of Fame presentation, where three inductees will be honored by members of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women and Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. Media are invited to view the presentation and the entire 2017 Future of Florida Forum at www.FloridaChamber.com/ForumLive

 

Day 2 Speakers and Topics Include:

 Florida’s Cradle to Career Continuum Ι 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

  • Jobs 2030
    • Jerry Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation
  • Florida K-12 Education System: Moving in the Right Direction
    • Pam Stewart, Commissioner, Florida Department of Education
  • Launch My Career Florida: Connecting Talent to Opportunities
    • Mark Schneider, Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research
  • The Business Case for Early Learning
    • Brittany Birken, Ph.D., CEO, Florida Children’s Council
    • Dr. Katharine Stevens, Resident Scholar, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

 

PRESS CONFERENCE: Launch My Career Florida Ι 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

  • Jaimie Francis, Director of Programs and Operations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Mark Schneider, Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research
  • Rebecca Schumacher, Executive Director, Florida School Counselor Association

 

Keeping Florida Open for Business Ι 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

  • Representative Danny Burgess (R-Zephyrhills)
  • Representative Jay Fant (R-Jacksonville)
  • Representative Rene Plasencia (R-Titusville)

 

Planning For the Future: Economic Opportunity, Health and More Ι 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

  • Julie Cummings, Co-Chair, Florida Women’s Funding Alliance
  • Paula Liang, Co-Chair, Florida Women’s Funding Alliance An Affinity Group of the Florida Philanthropic Network
  • Dotti Groover-Skipper, Anti-Trafficking Director, The Salvation Army Florida Divisional Headquarters

 

Meeting Florida’s Infrastructure Needs Ι 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

  • Moderator: Alice Ancona, Director of International Trade, Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Jim Avitabile, Strategic Initiatives Market Leader, RS&H, Inc.
  • Loreen Bobo, P.E., I-4 Ultimate Construction Program Manager, Florida Department of Transportation, D5
  • Christopher Emmanuel, Policy Director, Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Tim Giuliani, President & CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership
  • Gary Huttmann, Deputy Executive Director, MetroPlan Orlando
  • John Kaliski, Principal, Cambridge Systematics, Inc
  • Rob Palmer, Planning and Mobility Leader, RS&H, Inc.

 

Future of Florida Forum General Session Lunch and Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors Annual Meeting Ι 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  •  Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO, Kitson & Partners; Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce

 

The Future of Florida’s Economic Development

  • Moderator: Marshall Criser, III, Chancellor, State University System of Florida; Florida Chamber Past Chair
  • Pete Antonacci, President and CEO, Enterprise Florida
  • Ken Lawson, President and CEO, VISIT FLORIDA
  • Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

 

A Live Skype Conversation with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

 

Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

  • Kenny Montilla, Mobilization Program Director, Airbnb
  • Harry Sideris, State President, Florida, Duke Energy
  • Eric Silagy, President & CEO, Florida Power & Light Co.
  • Stephanie Smith, Manager, Florida Public Policy, Uber
  • Glenn Wiltshire, Deputy Port Director, Port Everglades

 

Future of Florida Forum Leadership Dinner Ι 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  •  Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President, Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce

 

A Conversation with Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission Members

  • Carlos Beruff, Chair, Florida Constitution Revision Commission
  • Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor, Keiser University
  • Bill Schifino, President, Florida Bar
  • Carolyn Timmann, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Martin County

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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.

 

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Ann Reinert

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Richard Florida

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Governor Rick Scott

 

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Dennis Lockhart

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Attorney General Pam Bondi

Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks about public safety in Florida.

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Educational Attainment, Charles Hokanson

 

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Volunteerism and Its Impact on Florida, Chester Spellman

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Release of Small Business Index Survey Results, Dr. Jerry Parrish

Government Regulations and Economic Uncertainty Continue to Concern Small Businesses

> READ the full Small Business Index Survey Report

2016 Future of Florida Forum: Florida’s Transportation Future, Secretary Jim Boxold