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By 2030, 26 million people will call Florida home, 4-5 million new drivers will be on our roads and we will have to accommodate Florida’s more than 112 million yearly visitors. Each year more than $160 billion worth of goods flow through Florida’s ports and airports.

Is Florida Ready for the Challenges and Opportunities That 2030 Will Hold?

Join us at Port Canaveral on December 12, 2017 for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Transportation Solutions Summit as Florida’s transportation experts, business leaders and policy makers come together to take an in-depth look toward the future of Florida’s infrastructure systems and discuss how our state is positioned for growth in 2030 and beyond.

Be sure to register today- hotel rooms are almost sold out!

Florida Chamber Foundation 2017 Transportation Summit
December 12, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Port Canaveral- Cruise Terminal 1

Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise: Luc Castera

 

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Did you know, Florida currently ranks 7th in the US for origin exports and 6th in foreign direct investment? We interviewed Luc Castera, founder of Octopi – a Miami-based software company that allows cargo terminals to help them digitize operations and prepare for the future of shipping, port communications and more – to give us his insight on how Florida can position itself as an international hub.

“The international hubs of the future will be the places with a strong technology focus. The real question we need to ask ourselves is what should Florida do to position itself for success as a tech hub?

The first thing we need to do is see where we are now and where we stand today… the second one is that in order to be a tech hub we not only need to grow our own tech companies but we also need to attract existing companies to move to Florida. Florida has a great port network…and we need to keep investing in these sea ports and airports because that’s going to help us attract these companies.”

As far as disruptions on the horizon, Castera also provided the results of Octopi’s recent thought experiment, The End of Container Shipping, which shows how the transportation industry may be disrupted in the future.

“We came up with six technologies that can still cause massive disruption: drones, 3D printing, rockets, virtual reality, the hyper loop and teleportation.”

Click the audio file below to hear Luc discuss the future of Florida’s transportation systems, ports and more.

For more information on the future of Florida’s transportation systems or to hear Luc take a deeper dive into disruptions live, register for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Transportation Summit.

FDOT Secretary Mike Dew on Florida’s Transportation Future

 

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Florida Secretary of Transportation: “Your Voices Are Strong.”

 

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Yesterday, Mike Dew, Florida Secretary of Transportation and key note speaker at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Transportation Summit, spoke to Florida’s leading business and industry experts on the future of Florida’s transportation. As we plan for a future with 26 million Floridians and 4-5 million new drivers, Sec. Dew shared his thoughts on how Florida can continue to succeed:

“Making sure that we are doing everything we can to keep up with the current growth and anticipate future need is of critical importance…Across the board there is a recognition in the importance of investment in transportation  infrastructure.”

 

-Mike Dew, Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation

 

Join The Conversation

Register today to hear from Sec. Mike Dew live on December 12 in Port Canaveral as we continue these conversations and take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities facing Florida’s transportation systems today and throughout the next 20 years. Topics will include connectivity, innovations and technology, how Florida can leverage its infrastructure, how Florida can move and make more product to help multiply economic impact to our state, and more.

Can Florida Get There From Here?

 

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Join us at Port Canaveral on December 12 for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Transportation Summit. Florida’s transportation experts, business leaders and policy makers will come together to take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities facing Florida’s transportation systems today and throughout the next 20 years.

Topics will include connectivity, innovations and technology, how Florida can leverage its infrastructure, how Florida can move and make more product to help multiply economic impact to our state, and more.

Future Innovations, Disruptions to Impact Florida’s Transportation Systems

Changes in technology, expanding industries, international trade and population increases will all have an impact on the future of Florida’s transportation systems. These were just a few of the topics highlighted during last week’s Florida Chamber Foundation 2016 Transportation Summit in Miami.

“Florida’s transportation network must leverage technology t get people where they’re going quickly, safely and enjoyably,” said Jim Boxold, Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation.

During the day-long summit, attendees discussed the issues they believe are crucial to Florida’s transportation systems as the Chamber Foundation looks ahead to 2030, including:

  • An increase in workforce shortages in transportation-related industries,
  • The need for new funding sources, as fuel efficiency increases,
  • Statewide and local solutions for mass transit.

Here’s How You Can Learn More:

  1. View presentations from the 2016 Transportation Summit.
  2. How is Florida’s transportation industry paving the way toward our future? Watch the newest FloridaWins.org video.

Continue the Conversation: We Want Your Input on the Local Challenges Facing Each Community in Florida

Florida’s transportation industry is not the only industry that will need to adapt. How will your community prepare for issues like healthcare, education and more? Please take the Florida 2030 four-question survey by clicking here and help us continue the conversation.

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

 

New Video Released: Transportation: Paving the Path to Florida’s Future

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2016) – Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold encouraged Florida’s business community to remain focused on Florida’s global competitiveness by securing Florida’s transportation future during today’s Florida Chamber Foundation 2016 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. “Transportation is the key to job growth, keeping our families safe and maintaining a good quality of life. As we look at the future of transportation, the technology tsunami is right around the corner. The business community is at the forefront of these changes and discussions like these are important in order to be ready for whatever the future has in store for us.”

Innovations and consumer behavior are changing the way people and goods are moved around the state. From airports to seaports, highways to rail lines, and everything in between, 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.

Consider the Following:

  • Between now and 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home,
  • Florida has more than 500,000 jobs in transportation, trade and logistics,
  • Between now and 2030, its estimated Florida will welcome more than 150 million visitors every year,
  • $160 billion of goods flow through Florida’s airports and seaports each year,Florida moves more than 98 million tons of freight on its more than 2,700 miles of rail lines annually, and
  • 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States.

These challenges and opportunities are addressed in a newly released FloridaWins.org video, Transportation: Paving the Path to Florida’s Future.

 

“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.”

The Florida Chamber’s Transportation Summit focused on issues that included transportation trends; the impact transportation has on access to housing, education and jobs; a discussion on new and innovative models for transportation funding; and the role of public-private partnerships.

To learn more, please visit www.FloridaChamber.com/TransportationSummit.
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.

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Florida has an opportunity to get transportation investments right. 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.

Getting transportation right in our state equates to social and economic benefits, and it’s our hope to share this story with transportation partners like you and the more than three million Floridians that Florida Chamber members employ.

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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Florida Chamber Foundation Honors Ananth Prasad with Champion Award

Ananth Prasad Honored for Service to Florida

Florida Chamber Foundation Awards Prasad During Transportation Summit

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (January 29, 2014) – Today, the Florida Chamber Foundation honored former Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Ananth Prasad with a Champion for Florida’s Future award during the Chamber Foundation’s annual Transportation Summit in Greenville, Florida.

“Mark [Wilson] has been a tremendous partner of the Department of Transportation and when I became secretary I realized that to achieve what Governor Scott laid out, we needed to partner with the [Florida] Chamber,” said Ananth Prasad. “I think you heard Secretary Boxold also talk about what the Governor did, and what Mark helped us realized is that DOT is much more than roads and bridges- that we are truly a facilitator of economic development and if we don’t do it right, businesses will not grow and worse yet, businesses will leave our great state.”

For more than 20 years, Prasad worked with FDOT to make our state more competitive and was an integral part of major projects including Florida’s record investment in ports, roads, and rail, as well as innovations in both safety for Floridians and the use of public-private partnerships.   These projects have created countless jobs for our state, and have helped Florida become a leader in both economic development and quality of life.

“I can tell you when I look back to the last 21 years of public service, the last four years have been the best in the sense of, as an agency, I think we realized that it’s not roads, bridges, turn lanes or potholes, it is truly about economic development,” said Ananth Prasad. “I can’t thank Mark and his team, and the [Florida] Chamber Foundation for your support. These sort of summits are really important to laying that agenda.  When we talk about the transportation trust fund and sweeping the trust fund it is not to benefit the road builder or engineering firm, it’s to benefit Floridians and all the businesses that work in Florida. It’s much bigger than asphalt, concrete or engineering-it is truly economic development. I will continue to work with the Florida Chamber and continue to advance this great state.”

“Ananth has not only been a good friend to Florida but a pro-business, pro-Florida partner as well,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Ananth has set a standard for leadership. We wish him well on his next journey and are excited to continue our partnership with FDOT and Secretary Jim Boxold.”

New FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold kicked off the Chamber Foundation’s one-day Transportation Summit by launching a discussion that included FDOT’s five-year plan and the overall future of transportation in Florida.

“With a growing population, the Florida Chamber Foundation takes discussions on Florida’s Transportation future very seriously,” said Carvajal. “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.”

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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.

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.

Florida Has More Than 500k Jobs in Transportation, Trade and Logistics

Florida is moving in the right direction and our state’s transportation system is making a significant impact. The additional improvements that have been made in our airports, seaports, intermodal systems, and roads will improve Florida’s competitiveness and will help Florida diversify its economy, create more high-wage jobs, and prepare for future growth in population, tourism, trade, and business activity. In fact, Florida has more than 500,000 jobs in transportation, trade, and logistics – which pay 30 percent more than the statewide average!

Consider the facts:

  • Florida annually moves 106.4 million tons of cargo through its 15 deep-water ports.
  • Florida moves more than 98 million tons of freight on its more than 2,700 miles of rail lines annually.
  • Florida’s state highway system is used for more than 103.9 billion miles of vehicle travel annually.
  • Florida has 15,357 companies involved in Transportation and Warehousing – number four in the U.S. These establishments employ 224,958 Floridians.  The average salary for these jobs is $47,788.
  • Florida has 42,129 companies in the Wholesale Trade sector – number 3 in the U.S., employing 326,776 people in Florida. The average salary for these jobs is $64,272.
    Florida’s transportation network is an important part of all Floridians’ daily lives, and is a large employer in our state. More importantly, this network will be the foundation of Florida’s future opportunities that are outlined in Made for Trade:  Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 by the Florida Chamber Foundation.

“As we look at the trends in Florida transportation and the pressures of increasing numbers of population, trade, and visitors, we must focus our efforts on delivering solutions that not only improve the business climate of Florida, but also the quality of life and quality of Florida’s communities,” said Joe Debs, Executive V.P. and Chief Marketing Officer of RS&H, an award-winning Jacksonville transportation architecture, engineering and planning firm.

As Florida continues improving its infrastructure, workforce training, and other preparations to become a more significant global trade hub, what path will Florida take? At the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2015 Transportation Summit you will hear Jim Boxold, the newly-appointed Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary, share his overview of Florida’s transportation system and its role to help secure Florida’s future.

Join Us:

Join FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold at the Florida Chamber’s Transportation Summit on January 29 at Honey Lake Plantation in Greenville, Florida. Download the full agenda and be sure to register here.

 

Share Your Story:

Does your community face a pressing infrastructure need? Share your story with us by contacting the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Chief Economist Jerry Parrish at jparrish@flfoundation.org.