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Friday, February 3, 2017

Central Florida Leadership Forum
Florida 2030 – A Regional Town Hall Meeting

The Central Florida Leadership Forum, Florida 2030 – A Regional Town Hall Meeting, was hosted by the Central Florida Partnership on Friday, February 3, 2017, in partnership with the Florida Chamber Foundation and supported by 55 Community Partners.

Jacob Stuart opened the program by recognizing the leaders who were part of the program, the Founding Co-chairs of the new Integrated Entity formed as a result of the merger of the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission. Robert Utsey is Senior Vice President of Skanska USA Building, Inc., and Sean DeMartino is President of Balfour Beatty Construction.

The Florida Chamber Foundation will host Florida 2030 Town Hall Meetings in all 67 of Florida’s Counties.  In Central Florida, a Florida 2030 Town Hall Meeting was already held in Polk and Volusia Counties, with similar Town Hall Meetings being scheduled in Brevard, Lake, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.  The meeting on Friday at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport was held at the mid point of the statewide effort and by far the most well attended.

Setting the stage for the community conversation was Mark Brewer, Chair of myregion.org and President/CEO of the Central Florida Foundation.  He referenced the results of the Central Florida Values Study conducted two years ago which revealed what we feel, what we believe, and what drives us is important to consider. For example, in 2005, quality of life was good, better in 2007. Right track/wrong track – 40% wrong, 60% right direction. 53% not registered to vote, median income $30,000 or less, high school or less education. Access makes the difference.

Leaders from throughout our community had the opportunity to talk about ways we can work more closely together to better secure our shared future through Florida 2030. An important part of the program included a regional conversation led by Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation, designed to share ideas as to how we can improve the future prosperity for our family of communities. To learn more, click here for a fantastic video that summarizes the work ahead – Florida 2030.

Carvajal shared the following sobering statistics:  20 million people in Florida, 26 million by 2030; 106 million visitors; 252,000 jobs without people to fill them; need 1.9 million net new jobs - 9.9 million to 11 million. TheFloridaScorecard.com provides state and county-level data. Even so, the Future of Florida is as bright as ever. Florida is 16th of GDP globally, about the size of Mexico’s GDP; Florida needs to add 500,000 new jobs by 2030 – 3,000 new jobs every month; 50% of jobs will be disrupted during the same time; 46% of people do not have access to $400 for unexpected emergency expenses – cash or credit.

During this time of learning and sharing, attendees were informed and encouraged to support this important work, providing critical input on the future of our great state.  Through the use of electronic polling devices, those in the audience provided immediate feedback to Carvajal which will be gathered with that of other counties throughout Florida.  A final report is forthcoming.

A panel of regional leaders provided professional and personal perspective on the recent merger of the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando EDC.  They included Founding Co-chairs Sean DeMartino and Robert Utsey, as well as Founding Board Member Patricia J. Engfer, Area Vice President and General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and Founding First Vice Chair, Yolanda Londono, Vice President, Global Social Responsibility for Tupperware Brands Corporation.

Their comments were followed by input from a number of community voices representing the public, private and independent sectors.


 

For your information and convenience, here are the links to the information presented or distributed at the Central Florida Leadership Forum: Florida 2030 – A Regional Town Hall Meeting:

Event Photos - Central Florida Leadership Forum: Florida 2030 – A Regional Town Hall Meeting

Agenda - Central Florida Leadership Forum: Florida 2030 – A Regional Town Hall Meeting

Brochure - 2017-18 Integrated Entity (IE) Founding Board of Directors

Main Presentation - Central Florida Leadership Forum: Florida 2030 – A Regional Town Hall Meeting

Presentation - Florida Chamber Foundation Special Town Hall Presentation

Presentation - Florida 2030 Value Study Presentation

Entire Report - Understanding the Values and Priorities of Central Floridians

Central Florida’s Priorities are Our Priorities

Central Florida Partnership Investor Brochure

Central Florida Partnership - Ideas to Results
The Central Florida Partnership is a collaborative of business and civic leaders committed to building a better tomorrow for Central Florida's seven counties - Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia. We are thoughtful leaders united by a single, guiding principle - that we have both the power and the responsibility to make change happen.

Working together, through four lines of business – Orlando, Inc. (Regional Entrepreneurship), BusinessForce (Regional Public Policy Advocacy), myregion.org (Regional Research & Resolves) and Leadership Orlando (Regional Leadership) – the Central Florida Partnership is moving “Ideas to Results.”

About the Central Florida Partnership
Click here to learn more about the Central Florida Partnership.
Click here for the Central Florida Partnership Board of Directors.

 

 


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