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Will Help Secure Florida’s Long-Term Future
TALLAHASSEE, FL (May 2, 2014) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today applauds the Florida Legislature for fully passing a measure that will allow the Florida Department of Transportation to make strategic airport investments as recommended by the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics Study 2.0.
“Prioritized investments into Florida’s strategic intermodal systems will allow our state to better meet Florida’s long-term transportation and logistics needs,” said Leticia Adams, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy for the Florida Chamber. “This bill encourages sustained investments in transportation, trade gateways and corridors, and the need for connectivity of seaports, airports and freight movement.”
With 19 million residents, Florida conducts $132‐billion dollars in two‐way trade to 225 trading partners. In fact, out of 19 commercial service airports, 15 Florida airports move about 2.5 million tons each year.
HB 7175 builds on Florida’s current airport structures— one of the strategies outlined in the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics Study 2.0, used by FDOT, Enterprise Florida and CareerSource Florida to coordinate statewide action on workforce, transportation, economic development and business climate.
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.