Long-Term Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Investments Needed to Support The 4.5 Million More Residents That Will Soon Call Florida Home

Hollywood, Fla. (December 5, 2019) – M-CORES, long-term energy solutions, resiliency, 5G and more are taking center stage at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Transportation, Growth and Infrastructure Summit taking place today in Hollywood.

“As Florida prepares to add 4.5 million more residents and 3 million more drivers by 2030, Florida must approach the changes ahead with smart growth, innovation and long-term planning to ensure Florida’s economy continues to thrive,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Key Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Summit Take-Aways:

  • M-CORES: Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) will play an important role in connecting urban and rural communities and supporting local economies.
  • RESLILIENCY: Florida’s first resilience officer discusses Florida’s need to prepare for sea level rise and natural disasters.
  • ENERGY: Long-term investment in reliable energy sources were highlighted as we face the future of demands of Florida’s growing population.
  • SPEAKERS: Featured speakers include:
    • Julia Nesheiwat, Ph.D., Chief Resilience Officer, Executive Office of the Governor
    • Ananth Prasad, President, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, Inc.
    • Patrick Goddard, President, Virgin Trains USA
    • Eric Silagy, President & CEO, Florida Power & Light
    • Secretary Kevin Thibault, P.E., Florida Department of Transportation
    • Joe York, President, AT&T Florida
    • Noah Valenstein, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    • Ken Armstrong, President & CEO, Florida Trucking Association
    • Beth Kigel, Vice President, HNTB

For a complete list of today’s events, click HERE for the full agenda.

Today’s summit continues until 3:30 p.m. A livestream of the event is available for media only. RSVP to Edie Ousley at eousley@flchamber.com for link information.  


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. Visit www.FLFoundation.org  for more information.

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Florida’s First Resilience Officer

Is Florida resilient?
…And if not, what can we do about it?

Surrounded by water, Florida is considered by some as ground zero for sea level rise, natural disasters and aging infrastructure. What effect with this have on Florida’s economy and infrastructure?

Julia Nesheiwat, Ph.D.
Chief Resilience Officer
State of Florida

To address these issues, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Dr. Julia Nesheiwat as the state’s first Chief Resilience Officer. Dr. Nesheiwat has over 20 years of renewable energy and environmental experience focused on water and natural resources as a senior executive in federal cabinet-level agencies, academia and as a combat veteran.

Register today to hear Dr. Nesheiwat during the 2019 Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Summit taking place December 5 in Hollywood, Florida.

Summit attendees will also hear from the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition, Trade Committees, Department of Transportation Secretary, Legislators and many others on how Florida will need to adapt and plan for Florida’s future.

A Technology Company Delivering Energy to Move Florida Forward

Eric Silagy
President & CEO
Florida, Power & Light Company

Eric Silagy, President & CEO, Florida Power & Light Company

Time is running out to hear Eric Silagy, President & CEO of Florida Power & Light Company share his vision of the future of energy in Florida. Register today to attend the 2019 Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Summit.

With 4.5 million more residents expected in Florida by 2030, our ability to provide the energy needed for a growing population is crucial. To grow Florida from the 17th largest economy in the world to the 10th by 2030, Florida’s next strategic plan, the Florida 2030 Blueprint, calls for long-term investments in energy to meet our future demands.

Don’t miss this opportunity – Register today!