In 2010, the Florida Chamber Foundation released the game-changing Florida Trade and Logistics Study (TL 1.0), which highlighted a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Florida to transform its economy by becoming a global hub for trade, logistics, and export-oriented manufacturing activities. The study’s recommendations were quickly embraced by the Governor, Legislature, and leaders in the public and private sectors, leading to significant investments in the state’s seaport, airport, rail, and highway infrastructure; creation of the state’s first Freight Mobility and Trade Plan; and innovative programs for employer-driven training and company-specific export development.
Three years later, the Chamber Foundation refreshed this study and released Made for Trade: Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 (TL 2.0). This study, along with the Florida 2030 Blueprint in 2018, expanded our view of global commerce and identified strategies to help Florida, which included:
- MOVE more goods, people, and services through Florida’s international gateways.
- MAKE more goods, services, innovations, and ideas for export to international markets.
- MULTIPLY the impacts of international trade across Florida’s economy.
Florida TL 2.0 established a goal of creating an additional 150,000 jobs statewide in trade, logistics, export-oriented manufacturing, and related value-added services during a five-year period. With implementation of the proactive policies and investments recommended in the study, we exceeded that target and created more than 200,000 jobs in these industries by 2019.
As we emerge from the disruption of the pandemic, it is time to set the course for continued leadership in these industries through 2030. The Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of Florida Trade and Logistics 2030 (TL 2030). This study will analyze emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges facing Florida, and identify policies and strategies to ensure another decade of growth. Our new study will address questions such as:
- With e-commerce experiencing nearly a decade’s worth of growth in a matter of weeks in 2020, how do we position Florida for continued leadership in this market?
- How do we position Florida manufacturing to take advantage of growing global markets and changing supply chains all while adding 200,000 manufacturing jobs by 2030?
- As we emerge from the Pandemic, how can we restore Florida’s growth in international visitors and expand global markets for Florida’s services?
- How do we continue to attract global investment, innovation, and talent to Florida?
The Florida Chamber Foundation’s research will identify short-, medium-, and long-term actions to guide Florida over the next decade. We are targeting completion of our research by late 2021 with implementation of the recommendations beginning in 2022.
We invite you to partner with us in this study as an investor or stakeholder. Additional engagement opportunities include: joining our Infrastructure Coalition, being part of the planning group for the 2021 Transportation, Growth and Infrastructure Solutions Summit this December and participating as part of the implementation team once the study is released.
To learn more, please contact Aaron Kinnon if you are interested in becoming an investor or Dr. Jerry Parrish if you are interested in providing input as a stakeholder in the process.