Florida Chamber Foundation Transportation Summit Encourages Leaders to Prepare for Six Million New Residents & Global Transportation Leadership

The Path to Florida’s Future Debuts to Highlight Importance of Florida’s Transportation Economy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (December 10, 2015) – With six million new residents expected to call Florida home by 2030, transportation leaders from throughout Florida are gathered at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Transportation Summit in Jacksonville today discussing challenges and opportunities to planning for increasing our state’s transportation position as a global leader.

“Every day, Floridians use a mode of transportation to help them earn a living, and Florida’s businesses rely on an efficient transportation network to remain competitive,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “The good news is, Florida leaders have made the right transportation investments- which has positioned our state as the leader for road conditions in the U.S. Now is the time to turn our focus toward the future and help ensure Florida is fully prepared for a global economy.”

Among statewide leaders gathered at the Chamber Foundation’s Transportation Summit are Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, who will provide in-depth details on Governor Rick Scott’s proposed $10 billion transportation investment for the next fiscal year.

“Thanks to Governor Scott and the Legislature, we’ve invested $10 billion in Florida’s transportation system in back-to-back years, strengthening our state’s economy and creating opportunities for Floridians,” Secretary Boxold said. “We’re pleased to partner with the Florida Chamber Foundation on this year’s Transportation Summit, and look forward to working on our third record transportation budget and positioning Florida as a global leader.”

Florida’s forthcoming population increase will mean about four to five million new Florida drivers commuting on our roads by 2030 – along with the one million visitors that come to Florida each year. In addition to highways, Florida also moves people and goods with a labyrinth of railways, seaports, airports and space ports, all interconnected to provide services and goods that grow Florida’s economy.

Highlighting the importance of infrastructure investments, smarter transportation options and opportunities for global competitiveness is a new animated online video Transportation: The Path to Florida’s Future debuting at today’s Chamber Foundation Transportation Summit.

Additional Transportation Summit speakers include:

  • Rep. Lake Ray, President, First Coast Manufacturers Association
  • Doug Wheeler, President and CEO, Florida Ports Council
  • Brian Taylor, CEO, Jaxport
  • Cindy Sanborn, COO, CSX Transportation
  • Peter Rummell, Chairman, RummellMunz Partners
  • Nathaniel Ford, CEO, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • Lisa Waters, President and CEO, Florida Airports Council
  • Brian Davis, Vice President of Marketing, Allegiant Travel Company

ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES:
Chamber Foundation Transportation Summit Agenda
DID YOU KNOW: More than 100 million tons of cargo move through Florida each year?
Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber-Backed Freight Logistics Bill Passes

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Rep. Ray’s Bill Will Help Make
Florida the Hub for Global Trade

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (April 24, 2015) – Today, a Florida Chamber-backed bill to invest in Florida’s transportation and logistics infrastructure and make Florida more globally competitive is on the way to Governor Scott’s office.

The bill, HB 257 sponsored by Representative Lake Ray (R-Jacksonville), encourages investments in Freight Logistics Zones (areas surrounding and operating with intermodal logistics centers)– attracting new high-wage jobs, growing Florida’s high-skill talent pool and helping to meet Florida’s long-term needs.

“According to research by the Florida Chamber Foundation, investing in Freight Logistics Zones is one of seven key strategies to make Florida more globally competitive,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Freight Logistics Zones encourage regional partnerships and help advance economic development, workforce, and transportation and land use decisions that maximize global opportunities throughout our state. We are proud of legislative champions like Representative Lake Ray for helping to make Florida the hub for global trade.”

We commend Representative Lake Ray and Senator Wilton Simpson for their hard work on this issue. The bill now heads to Governor Scott’s office for his signature.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.