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Contact the Senate Infrastructure Committee Today and Ask Them to Vote “Yes” on SB 7068
On March 5, 2019, the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee will hear a Florida Chamber-backed infrastructure and growth bill (SB 7068) that mirrors much of the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition Infrastructure Report.
SB 7068 outlines Senate President Bill Galvano’s “Innovation in Infrastructure” plan. Specifically, it looks to expand multi-use corridors from Polk County to Collier County, Suncoast Parkway Extension to Georgia, and Northern Turnpike Connector (Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway). As part of a larger plan that includes not only traditional transportation elements like roads, bridges and sea/airports, but also includes utility and communication resources, clean water and reliable broadband connectivity.
We Need Your Support
The Florida Chamber supports SB 7068 but we need your help to ensure Florida’s infrastructure doesn’t get left behind. Contact members of the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee TODAY and urge them to vote yes on SB 7068.
- Senator Tom Lee (Chair)
- Senator Keith Perry (Vice Chair)
- Senator Aaron Bean
- Senator Ed Hooper
- Senator Travis Hutson
- Senator Janet Cruz
- Senator Linda Stewart
- Senator Annette Taddeo
President Bill Galvano’s Smart Infrastructure Proposal Gets a Hearing
Florida Chamber Supports President’s ‘Innovation in Infrastructure’ Plan
With 26 million people expected to call Florida home by 2030, and already more than 118 million people visiting Florida annually, smart infrastructure investments for the coming growth is more important than ever.
As the Florida Chamber announced last year, we are doubling down on our efforts to accelerate Florida forward. The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition recently released its Infrastructure Report, which outlines key goals and strategies to ensure infrastructure systems respond to Florida’s changing needs.
Senate President Bill Galvano is championing “Innovation in Infrastructure” during the 2019 Legislative Session, and in fact, is using much of the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Report as the baseline for his efforts.
“We have a responsibility to not only meet today’s needs, but also to anticipate tomorrow’s demands, including a focus on revitalizing historic rural Florida communities,” President Galvano said recently.
Today, the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee held a workshop to discuss President Galvano’s infrastructure plans as they relate to multi-use corridors. These multi-use corridors, Polk County to Collier County, Suncoast Parkway Extension to Georgia, and Northern Turnpike Connector (Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway), are part of a larger plan that includes not only traditional transportation elements like roads, bridges and sea/airports, it also includes utility and communication resources, clean water and reliable broadband connectivity.
“The Florida Chamber is pleased to work side-by-side with President Galvano to help ensure Florida’s infrastructure systems are prepared to meet our future population demand and support the continued economic growth of our state,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Thank President Bill Galvano
Please take a moment to send a quick email thanking President Galvano for putting the needs of Florida’s infrastructure systems on top of his 2019 legislative priority list. Contact Senate President Galvano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Preparing Florida’s Infrastructure for Smart Growth and Development
Think about it. Florida is already the third largest state in America and we’re growing by over 1,000 new residents every day. We have 21 million residents and we’ll grow by five million more by 2030. By then, we’ll have three million more drivers on our roads, 50 million more visitors and we’ll need 20 percent more water. The good news is that Florida’s business leaders have a plan and it’s getting traction. This is good for Florida, good for job creation and it’s a great way to Secure Florida’s Future.
While we’re growing, Florida is also becoming more diverse. Aging Baby Boomers will continue to swell Florida’s elder population and at the same time, the Millennial and GenX generations are growing as a share of Florida’s total population. As Florida’s population changes, it is important that our infrastructure systems respond to their changing needs. Creating long-term investments in Florida’s transportation, energy, water, telecommunications and agriculture infrastructure is essential. Our infrastructure needs to support growing demand as well as a wide range of options – from sustainable water solutions to autonomous transportation systems.
The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida 2030 research outlines where Florida needs to be by 2030 to remain globally competitive. To secure Florida’s future, we must consider the water and energy needs for nearly five million more residents, be ready for the hard and soft infrastructure needs like broader telecommunications, improved roadways and railways, air, space and sea ports, ensure Floridians can connect to job opportunities, education, healthcare options, each other and the world, as well as support continued economic growth while preserving Florida’s essential environment and community assets.
How Do We Make Sure Florida Is Prepared for Smarter Growth?
The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition, chaired by former Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad, is focused on creating long-term investments in Florida’s energy, water, transportation, telecommunications, and agriculture infrastructure. With Washington, D.C.’s likely focus on infrastructure, the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition aims to maximize Florida’s economic growth opportunities. And, here at the state level, double down on efforts to prepare for Florida’s growing population through infrastructure investments. As part of the Florida Chamber’s continuing efforts, we are working closely with state leaders like Senate President Bill Galvano to enact smarter growth policies that meet Florida’s long-term needs and will, this week, present recommendations the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition has prepared for Florida’s elected officials to consider.
The Florida Chamber understands the importance innovation and technology play in Florida’s future- specifically as they relate to Florida’s infrastructure future. Florida 2030 research estimates that by 2030, more than 25 percent of all miles driven (including freight) could be by autonomous vehicles. With guidance and leadership from state leaders like Senator Jeff Brandes, Syd Kitson of Babcock Ranch and Grayson Brulte of Brulte & Company, the Florida Chamber created Autonomous Florida, a statewide initiative that works to ensure Florida continues leading the way in autonomous transportation. Our vision? To make Florida the autonomous capital of “all things autonomous” in North America.
I believe Florida will continue to grow and we can remain competitive if we plan better for the next five million residents than we did for the last five million.
This week, leaders from around Florida and the nation will gather at American’s first solar powered town, Babcock Ranch for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2018 Growth & Infrastructure Summit, to discuss the future of Florida’s transportation and infrastructure systems, as well as outline the strategies needed to grow smarter. Governor-elect DeSantis, Senate President Galvano and House Speaker Oliva have all signaled an interest in keeping innovation and infrastructure at the core of Florida’s economic development future. This is great news as we fight to Secure Florida’s Future.
December 10, 2018
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.
Registration Open for Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition Webinar
Adequately preparing for INFRASTRUCTURE to support Florida’s growing population and increasing visitors will require a unified voice from Florida’s business community. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition’s next webinar on Tuesday, July 31 where business leaders will discuss Florida’s future infrastructure needs, as well as other key factors.
While other states have failed to be responsible stewards of their infrastructure, Florida’s public and private sectors continue to invest in infrastructure at record levels, even funding the federal share of many projects. It is important for Florida’s business community to work together to ensure Florida does not get shortchanged on any future federal funding because other states failure to invest in their infrastructure. YOUR help is needed. Click here to join the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition today.
Join Senator Bill Galvano for a Discussion on Florida’s Future Infrastructure Growth
Creating long-term investments in Florida’s energy, water, transportation, telecommunications, and rural infrastructure is a vital part of effectively preparing for Florida’s future infrastructure needs.
The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition, chaired by Ananth Prasad, President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders Association, is committed to leading this discussion. Join us for a webinar on June 26 where Senator Bill Galvano, Florida Senate President Designate, will share why one of his biggest priorities as Senate President will be Florida’s infrastructure needs.
The Webinar Will Also Feature Discussions About:
Opportunities for better integration – leveraging innovation and technology for infrastructure development which improves accessibility.
- ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY:
Advancing the development of rural infrastructure and future corridors that are cross-sector focused – addressing energy, digital and connectivity gaps.
Advancing strategic infrastructure investments that support and expand global competitiveness and position Florida as the hub for trade and logistics.
Florida Chamber of Commerce Doubles Down On Infrastructure and Growth Leadership Efforts
Infrastructure Coalition to Serve as Unified Voice of Business Preparing for Florida’s Future Growth
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 4, 2018) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced a reinforced undertaking of its long and steady infrastructure and growth leadership efforts. The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition will serve as the unified voice of business preparing for Florida’s future growth.
“With 26 million people expected to call Florida home by 2030, a growing Florida means a growing need for infrastructure to support our increasing population and increasing visitors,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce.
The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition is focused on creating long-term investments in Florida’s energy, water, transportation, telecommunications, and agriculture infrastructure. With Washington, D.C.’s renewed focus on infrastructure, the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition aims to maximize Florida’s economic growth opportunities. And at the state level, double down on efforts to prepare for Florida’s growing population through infrastructure investments.
“Florida’s economy will reach $1 trillion by the end of 2018, and it’s important that we continue to focus on strategic, innovative and transformative infrastructure investments that will allow Florida to continue to compete and succeed on a global scale,” said SENATE PRESIDENT DESIGNATE BILL GALVANO, who has placed infrastructure among his top legislative priorities. “By working together with the business community and the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition, we can ensure a prosperous future for Florida.”
Ananth Prasad, President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, and former Department of Transportation Secretary will spearhead the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition. During Prasad’s time as Florida Department of Transportation Secretary, he continued to protect Florida’s Transportation Trust Fund, allowing fundamental infrastructure projects to flourish. He is also credited with creating historic investments in Florida’s transportation infrastructure.
“As we look toward the future of infrastructure in Florida, we must dream big,” said ANANTH PRASAD, President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association. “Tourism is up, Florida’s population continues to grow, and now, we must match it with innovations in every mode of infrastructure to move people and goods more efficiently.”
The Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition will soon travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation and officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation during National Infrastructure Week. The Infrastructure Coalition will provide its list of recommended infrastructure investments to state and federal leaders.
Learn more about the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition by visiting www.FloridaChamber.com/Infrastructure
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