By: Susan Towler, Florida Chamber Foundation Board of Trustees Chair; Executive Director/CSR, Florida Blue Foundation
The Florida Chamber Foundation team is keeping the momentum going in propelling the Florida 2030 Blueprint’s mission and its 39 goals. This month, I’m proud to share with you the following recent highlight picks of our Foundation team blazing the path to making us a top 10 global economy on the road to 2030.
Florida Trade & Logistics 2030 took center stage at Florida 2030 Blueprint Goal Leader Florida Economic Development Council’s 2022 Annual Conference in mid-May. Our Chamber Foundation’s President, Mark Wilson, joined a panel to discuss the Florida Trade & Logistics 2030 Study and creating high-wage, high-impact jobs over the next seven years to establish Florida as a top 5 state for manufacturing. Mark also addressed Christian Care Ministry’s leadership team this month, with a high-level overview of the Foundation’s mission to advance the goals of the Florida 2030 Blueprint.
In early May, I was pleased to have the Florida Chamber Foundation represented at the Florida Blue Foundation’s 2022 Community Health Symposium in Orlando. Chamber Foundation EVP David Gillespie presented to an engaged audience of executives and practitioners in the health care space on the shared Florida 2030 Blueprint mission of moving Florida’s economy to the top 10, with special emphasis on prosperity and the 10 root causes of poverty, including health, impacting many of our state’s 983 zip codes.
Speaking of prosperity, it was truly a pleasure to see many of you at last week’s Florida Prosperity & Economic Opportunity Solution Summit in Orlando. Over 200 Florida business leaders and prosperity advocates joined us in person and online to unite around the Florida 2030 Blueprint goal of cutting childhood poverty in half by 2030 and ensuring 100% of Florida’s children have a pathway out. Discussions highlighted the 10 root causes of poverty, promising practices underway by Florida’s business and community leaders, and the business case for getting involved to secure the path to prosperity for ALL Floridians at the state, county and zip code levels. I can personally speak to the importance of this work as the Florida Blue Foundation is a proud member of the Florida Prosperity Project Advisory Board and a zip code leader. I invite you to reach out to EVP David Gillespie and/or Kyle Baltuch, SVP of Equality of Opportunity, to learn more about the Florida Prosperity Project and how your business can get involved with making a difference in your community.
Lastly, I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at our next Florida Chamber Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting in Tampa on June 27, held in conjunction with our annual Florida Learners to Earners Workforce Solution Summit the following day. As talent supply and workforce needs are the number one topic of interest among Florida’s businesses, I‘m hopeful that many of you will choose to stay and attend Learners to Earners to engage with the Foundation on ways you can get involved to help solve Florida’s talent war.
If you have not yet registered for the Trustee meeting and the Solution Summit, please do so below:
Stay tuned for more updates next month on the momentum-building efforts of the Foundation team to secure Florida’s future.