Governor Rick Scott made the following statement today regarding Tropical Storm Gordon, which is forecasted to develop into a hurricane and make landfall along the Mississippi coast this evening. Currently, there is no part of Florida under a hurricane warning, however tropical storm warnings are in effect for all of Escambia County and coastal portions of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott: Florida Panhandle Should be Prepared as Tropical Storm Gordon Approaches
Soup Du Jour
Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is providing an additional $3 million in grant funding to assist local communities impacted by red tide, bringing the total amount of grant funding to $9 million. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott Directs an Additional $3 Million to Help Counties Impacted by Red Tide
Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued the following statement this morning:
“Today is Florida’s Primary Election and I am pleased to report that all polls are open statewide and voters are currently casting ballots in 5,881 precincts. Polls are open until 7 p.m. and voters in line at 7 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot. Division of Elections staff are communicating with each county Supervisor of Elections throughout the day and we stand ready to provide any needed assistance. [Read more…] about Secretary Detzner Announces Polls Open Statewide on Primary Election Day
Healthcare, housing and prosperity the focus of discussions in Jacksonville
The Florida Chamber Foundation today released preliminary recommendations on the future of Florida’s Quality of Life during its Florida 2030 Quality of Life & Quality Places Rollout. Florida 2030 is a three-year research project that seeks to identify the challenges and opportunities facing Florida between now and 2030 and create a blueprint for Florida’s future.
“We are proud to support the Florida Chamber Foundation and the Florida 2030 project,” said Wells Fargo Florida Business Banking Division Manager and Florida Chamber Foundation Board of Trustee Ergetu Merete as he kicked off the Quality of Life and Quality Places rollout discussion. “As business and community leaders, we must pay attention to how we can help create vibrant and prosperous communities that not only drive economic growth in Florida, but also attract and retain top talent in our state.”
Discussion at today’s statewide rollout centered on the challenges a growing and aging population could bring to Florida’s healthcare, the need for sustainable and affordable workforce housing, as well as pointed conversations on how business can lead the way in creating paths toward prosperity.
Florida is moving in the right direction. Florida’s GDP recently topped $1 trillion — which makes our state the 17th largest economy in the world, ahead of Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Argentina. Consider also:
- Florida’s strong healthcare system means Florida is ranked 12th overall for well-being in the nation, including ranking 1st for social well-being and 4th for purpose, yet 13.1 million Floridians have at least one chronic disease. How will Florida use innovation to bridge the gap for an aging and growing population?
- While Florida’s poverty rate is improving, 21.3% of Florida’s children and teenagers live in poverty. How can Florida pave pathways to economic prosperity for all zip codes?
To view, download and share the recommendations released today on Quality of Life & Quality Places, visit www.Florida2030.org. There, you will also be able to view, download and share the Trends & Indicators for the Future Report, which outlines Florida’s challenges and opportunities for 2030.
“Today, Florida’s economy is the 17th largest in the world — but what will it take to move our economy into the top 10 spot? And more importantly, how can we work together to ensure Florida doesn’t lose ground?” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Florida 2030 provides a comprehensive look at what Florida needs to get right in order to become and remain a place marked by global competitiveness, prosperity and high-paying jobs, and vibrant and sustainable communities. Florida’s future will face challenges, but it also means we have unique opportunities to succeed.”
The Florida 2030 preliminary research recommendations are being released statewide and the full report will be released at the 2018 Future of Florida Forum September 26-27 in Orlando. Media are welcome to attend and should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.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.
Nearly 1.6 million jobs created since Dec. 2010
Governor Rick Scott today announced that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent – the lowest since April 2007 as Florida business have now created 1,595,000 jobs since December 2010. In July, business created 26,300 private-sector jobs. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott: Florida’s Unemployment Rate Lowest in Over a Decade
FDOT Encourages Everyone to be Cautious as Students Return to Class
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and our Community Traffic Safety Teams remind motorists to take extra traffic safety precautions as students head back to school. [Read more…] about Back to School Traffic Safety Tips
As the peak of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season nears and Florida approaches the one-year mark since Hurricane Irma, Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis are reminding consumers to take action now to review their insurance policies and secure flood insurance coverage. Typically, there is a 30-day waiting period before a flood policy takes effect, so it is vital to act before a named storm or significant weather event emerges. [Read more…] about Take Action Now to Review Your Insurance Policy, Secure Flood Insurance Coverage
Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Florida Department of State (DOS) has now approved Election Security Grant applications for all 67 Florida counties, totaling more than $14.5 million. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott: Election Security Grant Applications Approved for all 67 Counties
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness has announced household size and income guidelines for free and reduced-price meals or free milk for students unable to pay the full price for meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs. The guidelines of eligibility are in effect as of July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. [Read more…] about Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Announces Free and Reduced-Price School Meal Guidelines
$50 million toward fixes for federal Herbert Hoover Dike, $700,000 for Lee County
Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have reached an agreement on a $50 million state investment to fund repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott Announces More Action to Combat Algal Blooms