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.

FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold Discusses Role of Transportation in Florida’s Future

“The challenge for the department is to build a transportation infrastructure that meets Florida’s needs and keeps up with the pace of growth here in Florida.”

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold sat down with Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation Tony Carvajal recently to discuss what lies ahead for Florida’s transportation system and infrastructure.

“Florida, very clearly, is on the move. We’re on track for 100 million visitors this year. We’ve added over 900,000 jobs over the last four years.”

Secretary Boxold also gave an update on Florida’s transportation plan, which is the visioning document for transportation projects and updates for the next 20+ years. The plan also takes into account advances in technology and how they will affect our state’s transportation system.

The Florida Department of Transportation is responsible for coordinating the planning and development of a safe, viable, and balanced state transportation system that serves all regions of the state, and to assure the compatibility of all components, including multimodal facilities.

“The biggest challenge we have is to provide a transportation system that is safe for all users, whether you are in a car or on a bicycle or a pedestrian…”

Florida’s transportation system includes roadway, air, rail, sea, spaceports, bus transit, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Florida also has more than 500,000 jobs in transportation, trade, and logistics – which pay 30 percent more than the statewide average.

Secretary Boxold is a featured speaker for two upcoming Florida Chamber Foundation events: the 2015 Future of Florida Forum and the 2015 Transportation Summit.

Get Involved:

To be part of the statewide conversation on the future of Florida’s transportation system, join us at the Future of Florida Forum, September 28-29, in Orlando.

Governor and Cabinet Proclaim May as Florida World Trade Month

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Florida Chamber, Trade Partners
Champion Trade’s Role in Florida’s Economy

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (May 5, 2015) – Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet today declared May as Florida World Trade Month, presenting a proclamation to the Florida Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the agriculture, manufacturing and ports communities.

“Global trade means high-wage jobs and economic prosperity,” Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber shared with members of the Florida Cabinet, including Governor Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater during the proclamation presentation. “Increasingly, international trade is one of Florida’s top strategies for economic diversification and long-term growth.”

Florida ranks eighth in the United States for “Fresh from Florida” exports of agricultural commodities, valued at an all-time record of $4.2 billion, supporting more than 109,000 jobs and representing an economic value of more than $13 billion. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam sponsored the Florida World Trade Month proclamation.

Economic Impact of Trade:

According to research from the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2), the importance of international trade cannot be denied:

  • International business and foreign direct investment accounts for approximately 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity, and directly supports more than 1 million Florida jobs,
  • Florida is the seventh largest exporter of state-origin products with Florida-origin exports totaling more than $58.6 billion and exports from Florida supporting 275,221 U.S. jobs in 2013,
  • VISIT FLORIDA numbers show more than 98 million visitors came to Florida in 2014,including more than 11 million overseas visitors  and nearly four million Canadian visitors,
  • Florida has more than 60,000 companies registered to export – more than 95 percent of them  are small-to-medium-sized businesses that produce two-thirds of Florida’s average of $64 billion in goods, and
  • Florida has more than 500,000 jobs in transportation, trade, and logistics – which pay 30 percent more than the statewide average!
  • Since December 2010, more than 21,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in Florida,
  • Florida is the leading U.S. state for trade with Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Here’s What Others Are Saying
About Florida World Trade Month:

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

“Our exports have recently reached an all-time high of $4.2 billion, supporting more than 109,000 Florida jobs and contributing more than $13 billion to our state’s economy. International demand for our ‘Fresh From Florida’ products continues to rise, proving that there is nothing better than what we grow right here in Florida.”

Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold

“The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) joins Governor Scott and our partners in continuing our united efforts to make Florida the global center for freight movement and create jobs and opportunities for Florida families. FDOT will continue to invest in strategic assets that make our state the most competitive in the nation for the movement of people and goods.”

U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan

“The impact of international trade to Florida is undeniable – it’s one of the surest ways to turbo-charge long-term economic development and growth. I am proud to celebrate World Trade Month with the Florida Chamber, whose support of these important partnerships and trade agreements help make the Sunshine State the leader in this effort.”

Doug Wheeler, President and CEO, Florida Ports Council

“International trade is critical not only for Florida’s overall economy but for individual families and communities across the state, as well as visiting consumers. Increasing trade creates jobs and brings a better quality of life to our state.”

Nancy Stephens, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Florida

“During World Trade Month, the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) recognizes the critical role international trade plays in boosting our economic growth. We support international trade as an essential part of our business plan ensuring job creation, business growth, and competitive advantages in the global market. In Florida, 1 in 4 manufacturing jobs depend on exports, so MAF works hard to promote trade opportunities with manufacturers to help them export to the 95% of consumers who live outside the United States. Florida has some of the most skilled manufacturers in the country and we look forward to utilizing every trade opportunity available.”

Charlotte Gallogly, World Trade Center Miami

“Our celebration of World Trade Month is targeted at assisting small- to mid-sized companies in Florida to identify new global markets for the sale of their products and services.”

John Hartnett, Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc.

“Leveraging and growing trade and logistics opportunities for Florida companies opens many markets for Made in Florida products and services. Committing to Made in Florida business and targeting worldwide expansion strengthens our long-term economic foundation and global brand.”

 

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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.

FDOT Sec. Boxold Joins Florida Chamber Foundation Transportation Summit

Florida Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold Champions Making Florida Globally Competitive DuringFlorida Chamber Foundation Transportation Summit

Challenges, Opportunities and the Future of Transportation Discussed

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (January 29, 2014) – New Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold today encouraged Florida’s business community to remain focused on Florida’s global competitiveness by  securing Florida’s transportation future during the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Transportation Summit.

“The Florida Chamber Foundation’s focus on a long range vision and their commitment to solving transportation issues has been instrumental in keeping Florida globally competitive,” said Florida DOT Secretary Jim Boxold. “While there are certain transportation challenges that Florida will face between now and 20-plus years, there are also great opportunities for improving the lives of Florida’s families and the economic outlook for Florida’s businesses. Whether the need is for roads that ease travel for Floridians or working on infrastructure projects that help build Florida up as a global economy, the discussions we have today matter.”

From airports to seaports, highways to rail lines, Florida’s transportation challenges and opportunities took center stage today as statewide leaders sought solutions that will meet the needs of our state’s 19.9 million (and rising) residents.

Florida recently surpassed New York as the third most populous state in the nation, and between now and 2030, the Chamber Foundation estimates six million more residents will call Florida home. While Florida’s economy is heading in the right direction, a growth in population means some unique challenges for our state- especially in regards to transportation.

“With a growing population, the Florida Chamber Foundation takes discussions on Florida’s Transportation future very seriously,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “By bringing together industry experts with those affected by transportation issues, we can not only plan for the future, but we are able to plan better for the next six million residents.”

To help in this arena, Governor Scott recently announced a historic investment of more than $10 billion for Florida’s transportation systems and infrastructure. FDOT’s five-year plan will invest nearly $41 billion into our state’s transportation system.

During the event, former Florida DOT secretary Ananth Prasad received the Florida Chamber’s Champion for Florida’s Future Award for his work during his time at FDOT.

The Florida Chamber’s Transportation Summit focused on issues that included transportation trends, upcoming changes in transportation corridors, transportation funding, the role of public-private partnerships and the impacts Amendment 1 has on local communities.

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The Florida Chamber Foundation is the business-led, solutions development and research organization working in partnership with state business leaders to secure Florida’s future. The Foundation’s “Six Pillars” serve as a visioning platform for developing the first-ever, long-term strategic plan for the state. The Foundation’s work focuses on: 1) Talent Supply and Education, 2) Innovation and Economic Development, 3) Infrastructure and Growth Leadership, 4) Business Climate and Competitiveness, 5) Civic and Governance Systems, and 6) Quality of Life and Quality Places. Founded in 1968, the Foundation is a crucial voice for improving the state’s pro-business climate to enable Florida to grow and prosper. For more information, visit www.FLFoundation.org for more information.