We Need You in Tallahassee Monday

 

This is Your Last Chance to Take Action Before the Bills Head to the Full House for a Vote.

On Monday, March 6, 2017, at 3 p.m., the House Rules & Policy Committee will take up HB 7005, which eliminates economic development initiatives, such as Enterprise Florida and the Small Business Development Center, and cuts two dozen economic development programs. Additionally, a separate piece of legislation, HB 9, will be heard that makes sweeping policy changes to VISIT Florida. It is expected that VISIT Florida language will be removed from HB 7005 and will instead be addressed in HB 9.The Florida Chamber opposes these bills.

Here’s How You Can Help:

We need you to attend Monday’s House Rules & Policy Committee meeting to tell lawmakers why you support tourism marketing and economic development initiatives and the impact they have had on you, your business and your community.

Meet With Your Representative This Week to Support Economic Development and Tourism Marketing

On Monday, March 6, the House Rules & Policy Committee will take up HB 7005, which eliminates economic development initiatives, such as Enterprise Florida, and cuts two dozen economic development programs. Additionally, a separate piece of legislation, HB 9, has been filed to address policy changes to VISIT FLORIDA, and is also up Monday. It is expected that VISIT FLORIDAlanguage will be removed from HB 7005. Soon after, the full House of Representatives will have a chance to vote on these bills on the floor.

Your State Representative is home from Tallahassee this week and needs to hear from you. Please schedule a meeting with your lawmaker and tell them how both Enterprise Florida and VISIT FLORIDA are important to your company, your job and your local community. It is important that these programs remain in existence and are fully funded.

Click hear to find your State Representative, then call to schedule an appointment to share your support of economic development initiatives, tourism marketing, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and more. If you are unable to meet with your legislator, please leave them a message to express your support.

It’s Time to Ask Tough Questions and Show Your Support

Are you concerned about the future of economic development and funding for marketing tourism in Florida? Florida Governor Rick Scott visited South Florida on February 13 to discuss these issues. In case you missed it, last week, at least one lawmaker from South Florida voted to support legislation that would eliminate Enterprise Florida, VISIT FLORIDA, Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and many other programs that help diversify our state’s economy and create jobs.

Email your lawmaker to share your concern with last week’s vote, or call them using the below information:

Take Action Now

Email your lawmaker and share your concern with them about last week’s vote against economic development efforts and funding for marketing tourism in Florida.