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12/17/2013 General

Florida’s Manufacturing Industry: OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Florida’s Manufacturing Industry: OPEN FOR BUSINESS

To help promote Florida’s business-friendly climate and its dynamic opportunities to trade, invest and create new private-sector jobs, I will join EFI, DEO and FEDC on Thursday as a panelist at the Manufacturers Association of Florida Summit and Annual Conference discussing how Florida Is Open For Business.

Florida is at the crossroads of the Americas and is in prime position to secure Florida’s future through international trade, innovation and economic development. The impact that the manufacturing industry has on Florida is undeniable. From 2010 to 2012 alone, more than 9,000 new manufacturing jobs were created in Florida. That’s good news, but on the horizon is even better news for Florida’s manufacturing industry.

The recently released Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2) shows that Florida is uniquely positioned to become a global hub for trade, logistics and advanced manufacturing. If Florida implements the recommendations of the TL2 study, the Sunshine State has the potential of creating another 150,000 private-sector jobs during the next five years – and that’s on top of the 23,000 new trade and logistics jobs that were created based on recommendations from the Florida Chamber Foundation’s first trade study.

The Florida Chamber has a long history of advocating and supporting our state’s important manufacturing and trade industries. Earlier this year, the Florida Chamber, with the Manufacturers Association of Florida, championed the elimination of burdensome manufacturing sales taxes and expedited the manufacturing permitting process. And the Florida Chamber’s support of Workforce Florida’s Quick Response Training programs is helping to ensure a talented workforce supply.

On behalf of the Florida Chamber Foundation, I look forward to sharing more on how Florida’s important manufacturing industry is open for business at the Manufacturers Summit and Marketplace in St. Petersburg.