Report Offers Strategic Blueprint for Achieving Florida’s Potential
During the opening day of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum, the Florida Chamber Foundation released Florida 2030: Key Targets & Strategies, the culmination of a multi-year research project that unveils important insights about what’s in store for our state and offers a strategic blueprint for achieving Florida’s potential. Florida’s business leaders, industry experts and elected officials gathered to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing our state’s future between now and 2030 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.
“Planning for Florida’s future is not a small task and requires a plan — made by business, industry, philanthropic and community leaders and many more — that shows us the crucial items we need to focus on to succeed,” said Doug Davidson, Market Executive, Bank of America; Chair, Florida Chamber Foundation. “Florida 2030 is the plan that will move Florida forward and secure Florida’s future. Now, it’s up to each of us to take this plan and implement it in our own communities.”
A part of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s once-in-a-decade Cornerstone Report series, Florida 2030 identifies key targets for 2030 and strategies on how business, industry, philanthropic and community leaders can help secure Florida’s future. Those targets include the following:
- To improve Florida’s talent pipeline, greater than 60 percent of Floridians ages 25 to 64 should have a high-value postsecondary certificate, degree, or training exercise.
- To create good jobs, Florida should aim to be the top state for gross domestic product and top quartile most diversified state economy.
- To prepare Florida’s infrastructure for growth and development, the state should strive to have the world’s most capable spaceport, top-tier airports, seaports, and surface transportation hubs in U.S.
- To build the perfect climate for business, the regulatory, labor, and operating risk environments in Florida should be rated among the top 5 in the nation.
- To make government and civics more efficient and effective, the rate of Floridians who volunteer and participate in civic and public service should double, moving the state from the bottom to the top quartile.
- To champion Florida’s quality of life, the state’s brand and reputation as the best place to live, work, raise a family, visit, learn, play, relocate, and compete needs to remain top in the nation.
“To secure Florida’s future, we must continue to work together to identify the challenges and solutions that Florida faces and ensure that we are putting long-term solutions over short-term fixes,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “To make sure that Florida’s future is marked by global competitiveness, prosperity and vibrant and resilient communities, we need bold targets, thoughtful strategies and a commitment to action. Florida 2030 is the strategic blueprint that can help us achieve Florida’s potential.”
The 2018 Future of Florida Forum will continue into Thursday with conversations on each of the topics above and will feature speakers such as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer of Florida Jimmy Patronis, Department of Economic Opportunity Director Cissy Proctor, Bank of America Executive and Florida Chamber Foundation Chair Doug Davidson, Children’s Movement of Florida Chair David Lawrence Jr., and CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard, among others.
Members of the media can still access the live stream of the general session on the main stage at FloridaChamber.com/ForumLive. To download Florida 2030: Key Targets & Strategies, visit Florida2030.org. For localized data, visit TheFloridaScorecard.org.
The Florida Chamber Foundation is the business-led, solutions development and research organization working in partnership with state business leaders to secure Florida’s future. The Foundation’s “Six Pillars” serve as a visioning platform for developing the first-ever long-term strategic plan for the state. The Foundation’s work focuses on: 1) Talent Supply & Education, 2) Innovation & Economic Development, 3) Infrastructure & Growth Leadership, 4) Business Climate & Competitiveness, 5) Civic & Governance Systems, and 6) Quality of Life & Quality Places. Founded in 1968, the Foundation is a crucial voice for improving the state’s pro-business climate to enable Florida to grow and prosper. Visit FLFoundation.org for more information.