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TALLAHASSEE, FL (May 13, 2014) – As Florida celebrates World Trade Month, Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson today told members of the Florida Cabinet the Sunshine State has the potential to create 150,000 new trade and logistics-related jobs, which will pay 30 percent more than the statewide average throughout the next five years.
The new jobs can be realized by fully implementing recommendations from the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida: Made for Trade (Florida’s Trade & Logistics Study 2.0). The study builds on Florida’s once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the state’s economy to become a global hub for trade, logistics and export-oriented manufacturing activities.
“With the leadership of Governor Scott, the Florida Legislature and members of the Cabinet, Florida is on the right track,” said Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson. “The Florida Chamber Foundation’s study provides a roadmap to further invigorate private-sector job growth and economic activity.”
Florida is uniquely positioned in the center of the hemisphere, and the shift in the U.S. population to the south, the Panama Canal widening, the resurgence of Latin American and Caribbean trade, and the continued revolution in logistics practices create an opportunity for Florida to excel as a global hub.
Promoting Florida’s business-friendly climate and opportunities to trade, invest and create jobs in our state, Wilson emphasized the powerful impact of the Governor and Cabinet’s pro-business leadership on job creation and international trade.
Consider Florida’s assets:
15 deepwater seaports
19 commercial service airports, including the nation’s top hub for international air cargo
2 spaceports with 9 active launch facilities
2,475 miles of water routes
2,786 miles of rail
12,076 center line mile of state highways
In 2010, The Florida Chamber of Commerce put a stake in the ground by calling for the doubling of Florida-origin exports and achieving economic diversification. That same year, the Florida Chamber Foundation released its first Florida Trade & Logistics Study, which has resulted in:
23,000 new trade and logistics jobs created from 2010-2012,
9,000 new manufacturing jobs, and
A record $66 billion in goods exported by Florida companies (an increase of $11 billion).
Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.