Florida Chamber’s 2017 International Days Focuses on Florida’s Global Trade Future

New Video Shows More International Trade = More Jobs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  (Feb. 15, 2017) – Policy experts, business leaders, lawmakers and government officials from around the world are gathered in Tallahassee today for the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 International Days event.

“Florida needs to think about how we can compete globally,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “This is exactly the wrong time to be going backwards.”

The Florida Chamber released their latest FloridaWins.org video on international trade, More International Trade = More Jobs, which shows 2.5 million high-wage Florida jobs depend on international trade.

International Days started with a conversation by Chris Hart IV, Secretary of Commerce and President and CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc., and Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, who discussed the need for economic development to help Florida grow and urged leaders to get involved in the conversations. Economic development matters to Florida, especially to Florida’s small business looking to grow globally.

Morning speakers included General Consul Representatives from five different nations, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President of Florida International University and Senator Bill Galvano, who received a Florida Chamber Honor Roll award for his commitment to securing Florida’s future.

“We are a global economy,” SENATOR BILL GALVANO said. “We can no longer continue to only focus on three markets.”

Alice Ancona, Director of Global Trade for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, reiterated Galvano’s point, saying international trade is an important part of Florida’s growing economy and filling the jobs needed by Florida’s growing workforce.

“For Florida, international efforts mean more jobs and economic opportunity,” ANCONA said. “Partnering with industry, government and global leaders to promote the importance of international trade is a crucial step toward securing our state’s global future.”

Topics during the event will range from an analysis of international business trends to the future of Florida’s trade policy.
Afternoon speakers and topics include:

Where We Stand, Where We’ll Go: What is the Future of U.S. Trade Policy and What Will Its Impact Be on Florida?

  • The Honorable Adam Putnam, Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (video message)
  • Syd Kitson, Chairman & CEO, Kitson & Partners/Chairman, Florida Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)
  • Chuck Cobb, CEO, Senior Managing Director, Cobb Partners
  • Eric Silagy, President and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company

From Local to Global

  • Manny Mencia, Senior Vice President, International Trade & Business Development, Enterprise Florida (Moderator)
  • Glenn Cooper, Shareholder, GrayRobinson P.A.
  • Aerek Stephens, Export Finance Manager, Export Import Bank of the United States of America
  • Crystal Stiles, Director of Economic Development, Florida Power & Light Company

Expanding Market Access: Choosing the Right Tools for Successfully Going Global

  • Brian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, JAXPORT (Moderator)
  • Lee Sandler, Founding Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A.
  • Christopher Wenk, Executive Director, International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Nancy Crews, Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Custom Manufacturing & Engineering Inc.
  • Keith Landy, President, Germfree
  • Adrian LaTrace, CEO, Boyd Industries, Inc
  • Dave Mutch, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Sunotopic Technologies, Inc.

Florida Leaders to Speak at Florida Chamber 2017 International Days

Will You be Part of the Conversation?

Join the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida’s international business community for the Florida Chamber’s 2017 International Days event, held February 14-15 in Tallahassee. With 2.5 million Florida jobs supported by international trade and commerce, will you be part of this conversation? Register today; early bird registration rates end December 30.

 

Business and Industry Leaders Speaking Include:

  • The Honorable Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India – Atlanta
  • Chris Hart IV, Incoming Secretary of Commerce and President/CEO of Enterprise Florida
  • Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President of Florida International University; Chairman of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 
  • Jacob Stuart, President, Central Florida Partnership
  • Glenn Cooper, Shareholder, GrayRobinson P.A.
  • Mark Wilson, President andCEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

 

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

Contact Dan Tapia for more information on what being an event sponsor means.

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To Trade or Not To Trade

The Florida Chamber of Commerce was in Washington, D.C. recently addressing many issues including international trade. Trade and free trade agreements were one of the key issues during the presidential campaign. President-elect Trump was particularly emphatic in his opposition to the TPP and his calls for a review of NAFTA as well as our trade relationship with China.

For decades, free trade agreements have been part of our economic tool kit  and international trade is one of the leading factors attributed to Florida’s economic recovery. Two and a half million Floridians are employed thanks to international trade. Our record-breaking tourism numbers benefit from international visitors and there are thousands of foreign companies operating in Florida that employ Floridians.

 

So What Happens Now?

It is all but certain that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is no longer on the table. Our partners in the region still hope to revive trade talks with the U.S. and many are willing to reopen TPP and make revisions which might make it more palatable to the new administration. This weekend at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Lima, Peru, the future of trade and the role the U.S. would play in Asia was a top concern. China and Russia issued a statement that they will push for a free-trade area in the Asia-Pacific region. Neither country was part of the TPP.

China is pushing to finalize its parallel free trade agreement in Asia, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which includes all the ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries plus Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, India, but it currently excludes the U.S.

 

Not Anti-Trade. Pro “Good Deals.”

From our meetings in Washington, D.C., it was clear that it was too soon to tell regarding the fate of many trade issues. Reviewing trade policy will be one of the first tasks tackled by the new administration. Re-negotiating and/or withdrawing from NAFTA as well as pulling the plug on TPP were at the top of the list. Trade would not be off the table completely however, and there is a greater appetite for bilateral trade agreements over the larger multi-nation deals like TPP. Should the U.S. withdraw from NAFTA, the new administration has proposed it would negotiate separate bilateral deals with Mexico and Canada. China and currency manipulation were also topics discussed in D.C.

It is also important to note that in 2015, Congress granted the President Trade Promotion Authority – or “fast track” – power for the President to negotiate trade agreements and move them more swiftly through Congress until 2018 and it could be extended until 2021.

 

Fair Trade, Not Just Free Trade – Leveling the Playing Field

Much like during the campaign, the new administration has outlined that they will be working to ensure agreements are enforced and that our trade partners are not engaging in “harmful” practices. They will also be reviewing country of origin labeling and environmental and safety standards, as well as considering the impacts trade policy has on the middle class, manufacturing and workers, and foreign direct investment.

The Florida Chamber will continue to monitor developments and we will be working in the in the best interest of Florida’s businesses to support trade agreements that help our exporters access the global market place and provide our workers access to high-wage jobs.

These discussions and more will be a key part of the conversation at the Florida Chamber’s 2017 International Days, Feb. 14 and 15 in Tallahassee. Be sure to join us by registering today!

Hundreds of Leaders from Around the World Attend the International Days Event – Will You?

Join the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida’s international business community for the Florida Chamber’s 2017 International Days event. This is Florida’s leading international strategic conference, providing a platform for top international trade and industry experts to foster discussions to maintain and expand Florida’s position as an international trade leader.

Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing!

Florida Chamber’s 2017 International Days

February 14-15, 2017

FSU Turnbull Center
555 W Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306

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Rep. David Santiago Speaks to Florida Chamber Members on Importance of International Trade

Speaking to Florida Chamber members, partners and Consuls General during an International Days dinner, Representative David Santiago (R- Deltona,), Vice Chair of the House Transportation & Ports Subcommittee, shared his insights on his experience visiting Taiwan and the importance of and impact that trade can bring.  Rep. Santiago also remained supportive to opening up avenues to trade and recognized efforts to promote trade through such events as the Florida Chamber’s International Days.

With more than 2.5 million jobs in Florida supported by international trade, trade missions can help open up opportunities for Florida’s manufacturers and exporters to do business and create even more jobs. In fact, 92 percent of Florida’s exports are manufactured goods and in 2014, Florida sold products to 227 counties/territories. For this reason, the Florida Chamber will be a part of Enterprise Florida’s trade mission trip in April to South Korea-Taiwan.

“Rep. Santiago’s comments encouraging international trade efforts are an important message for all Floridians to hear,” said Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

Here’s How To Get Involved:

1.      ATTEND ENTERPRISE FLORIDA’S TRADE MISSIONS.

2.      VIEW AND SHARE the latest FloridaWins.org video on the impacts of global trade.

 

Florida Chamber’s International Days Focuses on Making Florida More Competitive

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Global Economic Opportunities Takes Center Stage

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (April 8, 2015) – International businesses leaders joined forces today at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s International Days to focus on making Florida more competitive through global economic opportunities. Leaders from Shanghai to Canada, representatives from Fortune 500 companies and Florida’s 15 deep water seaports, the state’s leading economic development and transportation agencies are taking part in the state’s premier international event.

Global trade is big business in Florida. International business and foreign direct investments accounts for about 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity and supports more than one million Florida jobs. Florida is also home to more than 60,000 firms dedicated to bringing their goods and services to consumers around the globe – many of them small to medium sized businesses.

“It’s Florida’s time because we are in the right position, we have the right culture, we have the right infrastructure,” said Lee Sandler, chair of the Florida Chamber’s International Business Council. “So Florida, and Floridian companies, are really in a position to take advantage of the global economy in ways we didn’t have available before.”

In Florida, global trade means high-wage jobs and economic prosperity. According to a recent Florida Chamber Foundation Did You Know, Florida is the seventh largest exporter of state-origin products.

“Florida has come a long way in building international economic development efforts, but our work is far from over,” said Doug Davidson, Market Executive of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “At Bank of America, we support the Florida Chamber Foundation’s research in trade and logistics because we know that Florida’s future lies in being globally competitive.

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson kicked-off the two-day event, and additional speakers will include Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold, along with keynote speakers: Fredrik Eliasson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CSX Transportation, and John Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

A complete line up of panels and speakers is located here.

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Florida Chamber Kicks Off International Days 2015

Florida Chamber’s International Days Focuses on Making Florida More Competitive
Global Economic Opportunities Takes Center Stage

International businesses leaders joined forces today at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s International Days to focus on making Florida more competitive through global economic opportunities. Leaders from Shanghai to Canada, representatives from Fortune 500 companies and Florida’s 15 deep water seaports, the state’s leading economic development and transportation agencies are taking part in the state’s premier international event.

Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson spoke to a packed house at the 2015 Florida Chamber International Days event in Tallahassee, FL.

Global trade is big business in Florida. International business and foreign direct investments accounts for about 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity and supports more than one million Florida jobs. Florida is also home to more than 60,000 firms dedicated to bringing their goods and services to consumers around the globe – many of them small to medium sized businesses.

“It’s Florida’s time because we are in the right position, we have the right culture, we have the right infrastructure,” said Lee Sandler, chair of the Florida Chamber’s International Business Council. “So Florida, and Floridian companies, are really in a position to take advantage of the global economy in ways we didn’t have available before.”

In Florida, global trade means high-wage jobs and economic prosperity. According to a recent Florida Chamber Foundation Did You Know, Florida is the seventh largest exporter of state-origin products.

“Florida has come a long way in building international economic development efforts, but our work is far from over,” said Doug Davidson, Market Executive of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “At Bank of America, we support the Florida Chamber Foundation’s research in trade and logistics because we know that Florida’s future lies in being globally competitive.

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson kicked-off the two-day event, and additional speakers will include Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold, along with keynote speakers: Fredrik Eliasson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CSX Transportation, and John Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

A complete line up of panels and speakers is located here.

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Be sure to visit the Florida Chamber’s Facebook and Twitter pages to see and read what’s happening at the event, or search for #intldays15

Did You Know Florida is the 7th Largest Exporter of State-Origin Products?

The impact Florida’s international relationships have on our economy cannot be denied. As the seventh largest exporter of state-origin products, Florida-origin exports total more than $58.6 billion and exports from Florida supported 275,221 U.S. jobs in 2013.

“Florida has come a long way in building international economic development efforts, but our work is far from over,” said Doug Davidson, Market Executive of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “At Bank of America, we support the Florida Chamber Foundation’s research in trade and logistics because we know that Florida’s future lies in being globally competitive.”

International business and foreign direct investment account for approximately 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity, and directly support more than 1 million Florida jobs. But as our economy grows, Florida must also continue to diversify export destinations- one of the strategies recommended in the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0.

From the Americas and beyond, Florida is quickly becoming the hub for global trade, especially in emerging markets such as Africa, Latin America and the Middle East- where growth projections remain higher than in developed markets and where purchasing power continues to increase.

The U.S. currently has five free trade agreements in the Middle East region. U.S. free trade agreements have helped expand Florida’s export opportunities. In fact, more than one-third of Florida exports go to countries that have trade agreements with the United States.

When oil exports are excluded, Florida is the number one exporter to Central and South America, with Florida exporting more than $30 billion in goods to that region in 2014.

While Florida’s top trade partners are Brazil and Canada, many emerging countries from several regions make Florida’s top 10 importers list, such as Peru (the site of a recent Enterprise Florida economic development mission trip that was attended by Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber of Commerce), United Arab Emirates and Germany.

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As global trade and economic activity expand over the coming decades, international commerce will continue to play a role as an essential driver of Florida’s future. Diversifying Florida’s export destinations is a strategic step in accomplishing this and is outlined in the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0.

Florida can create a stronger global economy and jobs for future generations through increased investment in ports and infrastructure projects and expanded export manufacturing and value-added services.

The Florida Chamber is committed to connecting Florida’s business community to global opportunities and leveraging resources and investments to maintain and expand Florida’s position as an international trade leader. The International Business Council is launching a new program to support Florida businesses as they explore opportunities to diversify into new export markets. GLOBAL FLORIDA will focus on connecting them to resources, policy initiatives and business intelligence on market trends for four of the major geographic regions of the world: Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East/Africa.

Together we can help Florida become the number one hub for global trade. Join the state’s international business community at the Florida Chamber’s International Days – a two-day event where the top international trade and industry experts will convene to discuss topics such as export diversification.

 

Share Your Story:

Can’t make International Days? Tell us your story and why international relationships matter to Florida by contacting Alice Ancona at aancona@flchamber.com.

About the Florida Scorecard:

The Florida Scorecard, located at www.TheFloridaScorecard.com, presents metrics across Florida’s economy. Each month, the Florida Chamber Foundation produces a Scorecard Stat that takes an in-depth look at one aspect of Florida’s economy. If you would like additional information on the Weekly Scorecard Stat or on the Florida Scorecard, please contact Dr. Jerry Parrish with the Florida Chamber Foundation at 850.521.1283.