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The Future of Florida’s Rural Communities

Addressing Workforce Training, Increasing Connectivity to the Internet, Ensuring Economic Prosperity Will Help Create Economic Growth

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2017) – The Florida Chamber Foundation today joined leaders at the Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee to discuss job creation and economic development in Florida’s rural communities.

“When the recession hit, Florida was one of the states hit the hardest and the longest,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist at the Florida Chamber Foundation. “What our Florida 2030 research continues to show us is that jobs and economic opportunity matter.”

Dr. Jerry Parrish presented research findings during a panel focused on rural economic development. Other panelist included: Amy Baker of the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, Laura Youmans, Associate Director with the Florida Association of Counties, and Antonio Jefferson, the City Manager of Gretna, Gadsden County.


Research compiled by the Florida Chamber Foundation and presented today shows major trends in Florida’s rural communities:

Click here to download the full presentation or to request more data from Dr. Jerry Parrish.

The Florida Chamber Foundation traveled to each of Florida’s 67 counties and heard from more than 10,000 Floridians as part of its Florida 2030 initiative. As we prepare for 2030, Florida is estimated to have 26 million residents and we will need 2 million net new jobs. Focusing on economic prosperity for both individuals and businesses will ensure Florida can prepare for 2030 and beyond.

“By working on this issue, you aren’t just working on rural prosperity,” said Dr. Parrish. “You’re actually working on economic prosperity for all Floridians.”



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