Florida Chamber of Commerce Leads Delegation of Job Creators to Washington, D.C.
Advocacy Efforts Focus on International Trade, Infrastructure and Targeted Tax Reform
WASHINGTON D.C. (May 14, 2018) — The Florida Chamber of Commerce is taking its advocacy efforts to Washington, D.C. this week, emphasizing the importance of international trade, infrastructure and targeted tax reforms. The Florida Chamber’s delegation includes business leaders from across the state, representing small businesses and the state’s largest employers, and will include meetings with Florida’s Congressional Delegation, federal agencies and foreign dignitaries.
Spearheaded by the Florida Chamber’s federal advocacy team, the “D.C. Fly-In” is occurring while the nation’s Capital celebrates National Infrastructure Week, and falls on the heels of the Florida Chamber’s reinforced undertaking of its long and steady infrastructure and growth leadership efforts through the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition.
“It’s important for Florida to be represented at the federal level so that the voices of Florida’s job creators are heard,” said ALICE ANCONA, Director, International Strategy and Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We will continue to advocate for businesses at all levels of government to ensure Florida remains the best place for jobs to stay and grow.”
The Florida Chamber’s “D.C. Fly-In” delegation will focus their attention on international trade, the latest with federal infrastructure efforts, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2.0 and more. Meetings will take place with:
- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
- U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan
- U.S. Representative Neal Dunn
- U.S. Representative Ted Deutch
- U.S. Representative Ted Yoho
- U.S. Representative Brian Mast
- Ambassador of Ireland and more.
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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, 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 Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.
Florida Chamber of Commerce Celebrates World Trade Month
Encourages Renewal of NAFTA
TALLAHASSEE Fla. (May 1, 2018)— The Florida Chamber of Commerce is celebrating May as World Trade Month and is reinforcing the important role global trade plays in creating jobs, growing opportunities for small businesses and increasing foreign direct investment.
Despite the flurry of trade actions on exports and imports, the Florida Chamber remains committed to Florida succeeding as a global hub for trade, in order to ensure we remain competitive in a global marketplace. Expanding rules-based trade and investment is a key engine for Florida’s growth. The Florida Chamber is actively working to advance these efforts on behalf of the business community, every day.
“Florida is not just a great place to live and do business, but has an incredibly diversified economy” said BOB GRAMMIG, Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce and Partner, Holland & Knight. “By expanding Florida’s role as the global hub for trade and logistics, we are creating jobs, attracting and retaining talent and providing more opportunities for businesses who want to grow or expand in our state.”
The Florida Chamber of Commerce has a long-standing history of supporting free trade, expanding international trade and investment opportunities for Florida’s business community, advocating for fair and equitable market access for Florida-origin exports abroad, and eliminating barriers that are harmful to Florida’s competitiveness as a global hub for trade.
Consider the Economic Impacts of Trade in Florida:
- Florida ranks sixth in the nation in terms of foreign direct investment employment—with foreign companies employing more than 327,000 Floridians,
- International trade supports more than two million jobs in Florida, that’s one in five jobs,
- International business accounts for about 17 percent of Florida’s economy, and
- In 2017, Florida’s total merchandise trade reached $147.7 billion.
Yesterday, the Florida Chamber and Ontario Chamber of Commerce announced their partnership supporting continued cross-border trade agreements between Florida and Ontario, and encouraged the renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during the current renegotiation process.
“With nearly 500 Canadian companies employing Floridians, it is important that we continue to maintain and expand our relationship with Ontario and Canada to fuel economic growth,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to join the Ontario Chamber in support of free trade and modernization and renewal of NAFTA.”
Members of the Florida Chamber of Commerce will travel to Washington, D.C., in the coming days to encourage Florida’s Congressional Delegation to support Florida job creators, and to work to ensure that trade continues to benefit the U.S. and Floridians.
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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.
Pushing Back Against Overreaching Federal Regulations
Florida Chamber Holds Washington, D.C. ‘Fly-In’ to Meet With Lawmakers/Federal Officials
With job creators facing a tidal wave of overreaching federal regulations, the Florida Chamber of Commerce this week is leading a delegation of board members on a “Washington, D.C. Fly-In,” meeting with members of Florida’s Congressional delegation – urging their support of job creators and pushing back against burdensome regulations.
Overreaching federal regulations is the number one concern of Florida Chamber members and partners, according to its latest Florida Business Agenda survey.
“Florida companies are increasingly concerned about the tsunami of federal regulations headed their way,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber. “The Florida Chamber’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In allows our members and partners to serve as citizen lobbyist, side-by-side with our professional advocacy team, to further strengthen the voice of Florida’s business community and to say enough is enough when it comes to overreaching federal regulations.”
In recent weeks, the Florida Chamber has officially opposed numerous overreaching federal regulations, including:
- EPA’s Waters of the U. S. Rule
- EPA’s Ozone Regulations Rule
- EPA’s Clean Power Plan Rule
- Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule
The Florida Chamber’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In includes meetings with:
- Congresswoman Corrine Brown
- Congressman Vern Buchanan
- Congressman Carlos Curbelo
- Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
- Congressman David Jolly
- Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen
- Congressman Daniel Webster
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
During the two-days of meetings, the Florida Chamber team also discussed:
- Reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank
- Transportation reauthorization (related to surface transportation)
- International trade
Spearheading this Florida Chamber advocacy opportunity are Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach, and Drew Preston, Chief of Staff & Vice President, Office of the President.