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Florida Chamber Foundation News Release

Florida Chamber Foundation presents goals for 2030, when Florida's population is 26 million

| 9/26/2018

The Six Pillars of Florida's Growth: Talent Supply & Education, Innovation & Economic Development, Infrastructure & Growth Leadership, Business Climate & Competitiveness, Civic & Governance Systems, Quality of Life & Quality Places.

The Florida Chamber Foundation unveiled a set of goals Thursday aimed at creating a robust, competitive and inclusive economy for the Florida of 2030, when the population is expected to have grown 24 percent to 26 million.

The Florida 2030 plan was organized around questions like how can Florida create 1.7 million private-sector jobs, find 20 percent more water and accommodate 3 million more drivers as the state adds 5 million residents.

"Everything is accelerating," foundation executive vice president Tony Carvajal told a crowd during a two-day "Future of Florida" forum in Orlando. "The game is getting serious." [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

The recommendations released come from three years’ worth of research and feedback from more than 10,000 Floridians in each of Florida’s 67 counties as part of the Florida 2030 initiative- a multi-million research initiative that seeks to identify the challenges and opportunities Florida has between now and 2030, and to create a blueprint for Florida’s future. Recommendations found that:

  • Florida is growing- our state needs to add 1.7 million net new jobs by 2030.
  • Florida must prepare its workforce to take advantage of global consumer demand.
  • Florida is experiencing generational changes.
  • Florida will need to adapt to shifting skills and the training that will be required.
  • Innovation and disruption are transforming industries and jobs.
  • The nature of work in Florida is changing.

Click here to read what 100 of Florida’s business leaders had to say about Florida’s future.

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