Military Summit Sponsor Unveils Future of Flight Training
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.
2017 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit
The 2017 Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit will gather leaders from Florida’s military and defense industry, economic development experts, policymakers and the business community to examine the challenges facing Florida throughout the next 15-plus years and identify solutions.
Will You Be Part of the Conversation?
Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit
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Rep. Gayle Harrell Discusses Veteran Issues
“We are going to continue down the road we have been on in making Florida the most veteran friendly state.”
-Representative Gayle Harrell
Did you know, nearly 10 percent of Florida’s economy is linked to the military and defense industries? Florida also has more than 1.5 million veterans in our state. On the recent edition of The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Representative Gayle Harrell discusses the importance of veterans and the skills they bring to Florida.
“We are going to continue down the road we have been on in making Florida the most veteran friendly state.”
Learn what the Florida Chamber is doing in these areas by clicking on the link below:
Future of Florida’s Defense Industry and Workforce Discussed at Military, Defense & Veterans Summit
Florida’s Workforce, Defense Industries and BRAC were Focus of Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit
The Florida Chamber Foundation recently hosted the 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit that attracted some of Florida’s most influential leaders to discuss the Future of Florida’s economy and the role our military and defense industries and veterans population play in securing Florida’s future. During the summit, participants heard from business, military and elected leaders from around Florida and discussed how to resolve some of today’s challenges and take advantage of future opportunities.
To illustrate the important economic impact of the defense industry and Florida’s veterans, the Florida Chamber Foundation released a new Florida Wins video. Florida’s military and defense industry helps employ nearly 775,000 Floridians to work each year and contributes almost $80 billion to our economy.
“The military and defense industry is a pillar of Florida’s economy, improving economic prosperity and providing jobs for thousands of Floridians,” said AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES COMMISSIONER ADAM PUTNAM, a keynote speaker at the Summit. “Florida continues to be at the forefront of new innovations and technology, attracting both the companies and talent needed to grow this industry.”
Jeffrey Cathey, Senior Military Affairs Executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and Glen Sutphin, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs discussed how important veterans’ military experience is to closing the skills gap and building a trained workforce that can enhance Florida’s ability to attract businesses who are considering moving to or expanding into Florida.
Visit the Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities webpage to view videos of portions of the Summit.
We will continue this discussion at the Future of Florida Forum, taking place September 28-30 in Orlando. Register today to join the conversation.
2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit Photos
Governor Rick Scott Awards Medals of Honor to Veterans
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2016 Military, Defense & Veteran’s Summit: Brian Reynolds
New Video Highlights the Importance of Florida’s Veterans, Military and Defense Industries
With nearly 10 percent of Florida’s economy linked to the military and defense industries, Florida must focus on protecting, supporting and growing its military and defense industry. The Florida Chamber’s non-partisan employer-to-employee program, FloridaWins.org, is leading the charge on making sure employees have important information on issues that matter to Florida families, job creators and to our state’s economic success.
The latest FloridaWins.org video focusing on the importance of Florida’s veterans and the military and defense industries. It’s our hope to share this story with business partners like you and the more than three million Floridians that Florida Chamber members employ. We encourage you to share this video with your employees, colleagues, friends and family members.
Please share it on twitter using #IsFLReady and by tagging @Florida_Wins and @FLChamberFDN.
Summit Focuses on Protecting, Growing and Supporting Florida’s Defense Industry, Military and Veterans Workforce
State Leaders Gather at Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunity Summit
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (August 17, 2016) – Governor Rick Scott will join military and defense industry experts and elected officials at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit in St. Petersburg today to discuss the opportunities and challenges in Florida’s military economy and leveraging veteran’s expertise and skills.
It is estimated that every Florida business is located within 100 miles of a military installation, making Florida one of the most strategically important states for the U.S. armed forces and a pivotal location for military personnel, defense industry innovations and veterans.
“Florida’s military and defense industry puts nearly 775,000 Floridians to work each year and contributes almost $80 billion to our economy,” said TONY CARVAJAL, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “However, Florida is expected to experience significant demographic, political and economic shifts throughout the next 15 years that will need to be addressed in order to support our veterans and bring more high-wage, high-skill jobs to Florida’s workforce.”
Today’s event will feature a lineup of experts including:
- Governor Rick Scott
- Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
- Congressman Gus Bilirakis
- Senator Jeff Brandes
- Representative Paul Renner
- Representative Jimmie Smith
- Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
- Glenn Sutphin, Executive Director, Florida Department of Veteran Affairs
“The military and defense industry is a pillar of Florida’s economy, improving economic prosperity and providing jobs for thousands of Floridians,” said COMMISSIONER PUTNAM. “Florida continues to be at the forefront of new innovations and technology, attracting both the companies and talent needed to grow this industry.”
Additional items for discussion will include BRAC and sequestration, federal issues, veteran leadership and the future of military, defense and homeland security industries.
In addition to the day-long conference discussions, a new animated online video, entitled Florida Leads in Military, Defense and Homeland Security Industry, will be released.
Follow the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on Twitter using the hashtag #IsFLReady.
Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit: LIVE
Sen. Jeff Brandes Discusses Diversifying Florida’s Economy on Bottom Line
Florida will continue to grow at a steady pace- in fact, between now and 2030 it’s estimated that there will be approximately 4-5 million new drivers on the road. Our state has a unique opportunity to meet challenges head on, like issues from infrastructure investments, building an innovation economy, ensuring we can diversify our economy and creating solar options for Floridians that make sense.
Click the video below to hear Sen. Jeff Brandes, 2016 Florida Chamber Honor Roll recipient, discuss these issues and more.
Want to hear more from Senator Brandes on military, defense and veteran opportunities? He will be a speaker at our annual Florida Chamber Foundation Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on August 17 in St. Petersburg Florida. Click here to register or to learn more about the event.
Florida’s Military Installations Account for Nearly 775,000 Jobs
Florida’s military and defense industry is a key driver in the state’s economic growth, creating billions of dollars in economic activity and hundreds of thousands of jobs. Installations from Pensacola to Jacksonville and down to Key West place Florida among the most strategically important states for the U.S. armed forces. With every Florida business located within 100 miles of a military installation, how has your community been impacted by this vital industry?
To learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Florida’s military communities, defense industry and veterans, register to attend the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.
Military & Defense Industry Contributes Nearly $80 Billion to Florida’s Economy
Florida’s military and defense industry not only keeps us safe, it also drives the state’s economic growth by contributing an estimated $79.8 billion to the economy and providing nearly 775,000 jobs for Floridians each year. Every business in Florida is within 100 miles of a military installation, providing growth opportunities for defense companies and creating a robust network of businesses in the military and defense supply chain. Is your job tied to the military economy?
As highlighted in a recent Florida Wins video, Florida’s military and defense industry not only creates high-wage, high skill jobs, it attracts some of the world’s leading innovators to create new products that improve our daily lives and advance the state’s innovation economy. With the industry’s total economic impact expected to grow to $100 billion a year by 2030, how will we ensure continued support of this vital sector?
Florida is the #1 State for Aviation/Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness
With more than 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies calling Florida home, a competitive business climate and a talent pool of 80,000, it’s easy to see why PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) ranked Florida as the top state for aviation and aerospace manufacturing attractiveness for 2015.
Aviation and aerospace is a vital market not only because it supports Florida’s military and defense economy, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of the state’s GDP, but also because of the high-skill, high-wage jobs it creates. With 2 million more jobs needed by 2030, these are the types of jobs Florida needs to diversify and expand our economy in the future.
“Florida’s unique history of spaceflight, coupled with its geographic advantages and highly-skilled workforce, make the state an ideal location for aviation and aerospace manufacturing,” said Jim Kuzma, Chief Operating Officer of Space Florida. “We must continue to attract aviation and aerospace companies and grow existing Florida companies to ensure the state remains a global competitor in this important industry.”
Jim Kuzma and other industry experts will lead discussions on finding solutions to the challenges that face Florida’s military and defense industry at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on Thursday, August 6, in Orlando. Today is the last day to register for this event.
Veterans Florida Executive Director Calls on Business Community to Unite Efforts to Hire Vets
“Just because the job title is unfamiliar doesn’t mean that person is not already trained in how to manage people, processes, and handle equipment properly.”
Bobby Carbonell, Executive Director of Veterans Florida
Florida has the nation’s third largest population of Veterans, with more than 1.5 million calling the Sunshine State home. With our state’s population expected to increase by 6 million residents by 2030, more private sector job creation will be needed as service members transition to civilian life.
Bobby Carbonell, Executive Director of Veterans Florida, recently shared his mission to connect Veterans and their families with employment, training and educational opportunities.
“We were created to help fill gaps that the state identified in joining Veterans who want to work with businesses who are looking to hire Veterans. And the other mission we have is helping Veterans who are looking for a final place to move after their service find Florida is the number one Veteran-friendly state in the country.”
Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the Florida Legislature in 2014. In addition to attracting veterans, the corporation and its partners are spearheading efforts to help business leaders translate military training in to needed skill-sets for future employees.
“We will have new programs available to help educate businesses on how to read military resumes and how to look for Veterans. Just because the job title is unfamiliar doesn’t mean that person is not already trained in how to manage people, processes, and handle equipment properly.”
Carbonell will represent Veterans Florida at the 2015 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on August 6, 2015 in Orlando, where he will speak about trends in Veterans education, training and healthcare.
Register for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit where leaders from Florida’s military and defense industry, economic development experts, policymakers and the business community will examine current and future challenges and opportunities.
More Than 1.5 Million Veterans Call Florida Home
More than 1.5 million veterans call Florida home. Ten percent of Florida vets are women and one of every 13 Floridians is a veteran. With number like these, it’s no wonder that Florida is one of the most veteran-friendly states in the nation.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 marks 60 years since Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day to honor those who served in American wars. While American wars continue, there is at least one battlefront on which we have made progress – Hiring Our Heroes.
Florida’s efforts to be the most veteran friendly state in the union have included proactively encouraging businesses to hire veterans. And it’s working.
Today, unemployment among veterans is less than half of what it was in 2010. In fact, Florida’s veteran unemployment rate stands at 6.1 percent – below the state and national average.
Florida has made great strides to ensure its veterans receive the information and resources they need:
- The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs provides information on services designed to help veterans with everything from education and workforce training to health care and housing. A copy of the Florida Veteran’s Benefits guide is available by clicking here, and a free mobile app is also available by clicking here.
- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and its Veterans Employment Programs offers a menu of services and promotes the employment of Florida’s veterans, especially veterans with barriers to employment. Included in these resources is the Employ Florida Vets Portal, a gateway to information and resource links that will assist veterans, veterans’ families and employers in matching veterans seeking employment with employers and employment-related services.
“I join all Floridians and Americans in thanking each of our warriors, past and present, for the sacrifices they made to protect the freedoms and values of this country,” said Pam Rauch, Chair of the Florida Chamber Foundation Board of Trustees and Vice President of Development and External Affairs for Florida Power and Light Company. “It is their willingness to serve, their unwavering commitment to the ideals this country was founded on, and the spirit of perseverance that strengthens and helps protect this country and its citizens.”
Does your business employ veterans? How can your experience help other businesses identify opportunities for veterans?
About the Florida Scorecard Did You Know:
The Florida Scorecard, located at www.TheFloridaScorecard.com, presents metrics across Florida’s economy. The Florida Chamber Foundation routinely produces a Scorecard Stat that takes an in-depth look at one specific statistic. If you would like additional information on the Weekly Scorecard Stat or on the Florida Scorecard, please contact Tracey Lowe with the Florida Chamber Foundation at 850.521.1226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Military in Florida – 2030 and Beyond
If you missed our annual Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit, click here to view presentations and a meeting overview. In the meantime, be on the lookout for the dates for our next military event in 2015.