A Guide to Civic Infrastructure Issues

 

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A number of factors influence Florida’s civic infrastructure. Florida is a retirement destination for many who move from other states as well as residents who divide their time between Florida and their home state. This transitory nature of Florida’s residents can result in a reduction in the overall lack of concern for the state’s long-term issues. In addition, Florida’s vast geography from the Panhandle to the Keys results in regional differences in economy that while adding to Florida’s rich diversity also presents challenges for implementing state-wide policies.

Consider the following:

  • Florida was ranked 44th in 2016 ranking of the Most
    Charitable States
  • 19.1% of residents volunteer, ranking them 50th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.

 

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Corporation for National & Community Service

Florida Philanthropic Network

Volunteer Florida

 

A Guide to Public Private Partnership Issues

 

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A Guide to Regional Stewardship Issues

 

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Florida 2030 offers a strategic blueprint for achieving Florida’s potential. It defines goals and strategies to guide private, public, and civic partners as they
work together to shape Florida’s economic future. As we prepare for continued changes ahead, we must strengthen coordination among Florida’s counties and 412 cities at a regional level to match the scale of the economy. We must also build partnerships between the private, public, and civic sectors—at statewide, regional, and local scales—so we can quickly identify, prepare for, and respond to economic opportunities in a changing world.

To reach our state’s full potential, Florida must incorporate regional stewardship efforts that:

  • Strengthen regional partnerships focused on future competitiveness and prosperity for all residents.
  • Facilitate regional and multi-jurisdictional planning that matches the scale at which the economy functions.
  • Streamline coordination between layers of government to focus on responsiveness and strategic planning.
  • Mentor and develop the next generation of leaders, with emphasis on including diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

For information on preparing Florida’s infrastructure for smart growth and development, download the Florida 2030 Key Targets & Strategies by visiting www.Florida2030.org

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Florida Regional Planning Councils Association

A Guide to Local Government Issues

 

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A Guide to Ethics & Elections Issues

 

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A Guide to Federal Issues

 

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Florida’s military and defense industries are an incredible economic driver for Florida. Consider the following:

  • Approximately $80 billion worth of economic activity happens because of Florida’s military and defense industries- that’s nearly 10 percent of Florida’s economy
  • Florida’s military and defense industries help support nearly 775,000 Florida jobs
  • There are more than 1.5 million veterans who call Florida home
  • Florida ranks among the top three states with the highest number of veteran-owned businesses

As Florida works toward a future that will need 2 million more net new jobs, in the midst of technological advancements, industry disruption, base realignments and more, our state must be ready to support the future of Florida’s Military, Defense and Veterans.

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Florida Chamber Foundation Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit

The Future of Military, Defense and Veterans Florida Wins animated video

The Florida Defense Task Force
Enterprise Florida

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs

A Guide to Governmental Systems Issues

 

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Florida’s policy process depends on efficient state and local governance. Cities, counties, and school districts have duly elected officials tasked with meeting the needs of their  constituents. State agencies and legislators provide funding, strategic direction, or program reforms to provide essential services and make investments in Florida’s future.

As we work to strengthen Florida’s economic competitiveness, prosperity, and quality of life goals, it will be important that we align and leverage our governance systems with private, public, and civic partners. Looking towards 2030, key recommendations for reaching this goal include:

  • Aligning public, private, and civic partners at the state, regional, and local scales around a shared economic vision for Florida, using the Six Pillars as a framework,
  • Facilitating changes to public and civic partnerships that address economic development, education, infrastructure, and other longterm challenges,
  • Developing long-term investment strategies for statewide and regional economic development priorities,
  • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies at all levels, and
  • Leading the United States in the use of technology and data to govern more effectively

For additional information on the future of Florida, download the Florida 2030 Key Targets & Strategies by visiting www.Florida2030.org.

 

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MyFlorida.com

Florida League of Cities

 

A Guide to Florida’s Budget Issues

 

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A Guide to Florida’s Constitution

 

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A Guide to Workplace & Employment Issues

 

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Ensuring a strong and responsive business climate is crucial to Florida’s future. To attract and retain increasingly mobile entrepreneurs, contractors, and on-demand employees and employers, it is important that we provide a supportive environment for employers and continue to invest in education, workforce, infrastructure, and other systems.  A competitive business environment will also limit new laws and regulations that may inhibit emerging technology and business models.

The Florida 2030 research discusses the challenges and opportunities ahead as well as identifying goals for 2030.  Goals for building a competitive business climate include:

  • Ensure Florida does not impose new burdensome and uncompetitive workplace mandates.
  • Protect Florida’s right-to-work status and monitor changes in other states to assess the impact to Florida’s business climate.
  • Ensure the 1099 workforce and telecommuter workforce have clear guidelines for workplace mandates and liabilities.

For more information on preparing Florida’s business climate for the uncertainties ahead, download the Florida 2030 Key Targets & Strategies by visiting www.Florida2030.org

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A Guide to Legal Reform Issues

 

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To ensure Florida’s economy remains competitive we must address Florida’s broken legal climate. For Florida to remain a leader in U.S. job creation and ensure that dated and costly regulations become a thing of the past, we must continue to build an environment that invites businesses and investments worldwide, as well as retaining Florida’s already growing businesses.

Florida continues to fail in terms of legal climate — coming in at 46 of 50 in 2017. When lawsuit abuse occurs, Florida families and
businesses feel the impact through higher costs of living creating a $3,400 “tax” for families each year. Florida’s position as one of the bottom-five legal climates in the U.S. hurts our ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

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U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

American Tort Reform Foundation
– Judicial Hellholes 2017-2018

A Guide to Property Rights Issues

 

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A Guide to Permitting Issues

 

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A Guide to Regulation Issues

 

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A Guide to Tax Issues

 

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