Central Florida Leadership Forum
Florida Jobs 2030

Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Orlando Economic Partnership
Published Monday, February 27, 2017

Central Florida Leadership Forum
Florida 2030 A Regional Town Hall Meeting_copy

Published Friday, February 3, 2017


Central Florida Leadership Forum
Florida Jobs 2030
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Central Florida Leadership Forum
Florida Jobs 2030

In opening the Central Florida Leadership Forum on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Jacob Stuart welcomed guests and acknowledged 56 community partners, as well as our Forum partner, the Florida Chamber Foundation, which presented its findings of a groundbreaking report designed to focus the attention of leaders on the importance of job creation in the years ahead. 

He welcomed Tim Giuliani, the new President & CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership.  In the job 2½ months, Mr. Giuliani thanked the community for the incredible welcome that he has experienced during that time.  Creating broad-based prosperity is our collective goal, making clear our commitment to the talent pipeline and a vibrant workforce.

Recently, he continued, it was announced that Orlando has created almost half of the 15,000 new jobs in Florida in April 2017.  There are 4.3 million people in our seven-county region and we are growing at a rate of nearly 2,000 residents every week. By 2030, there will be at least 1.3 million more people in our region…placing our population on par with the current population size of Singapore. That means we have to create 500,000 new jobs to account for that population growth.

Disrupters like automation, artificial intelligence, and the continuation of globalization will have major impacts on our job market, our economy and our community. 61% of jobs in our region are part of the service sector and are most at risk for becoming obsolete.  Many of those jobs will be automatable by 2025.  The space industry is turning science fiction into reality.  In the transportation sector, there could be another 600,000 cars on our roads by 2030, how will this growth as well as the advent of new technologies like autonomous vehicles affect our daily life?  All of these issues are opportunities that we can seize, he concluded. 

In introducing Mark Brewer, CEO of the Central Florida Foundation, to set the stage for the program, Jacob Stuart mentioned that in addition to being very valuable asset in the community Brewer also serves as the Vice Chair of Community Development for the Orlando Economic Partnership. 

Brewer shared qualitative and quantitative data about our region as a result of the Central Florida Values Study which looked at what’s important to citizens and what’s important for the region. 

How have perceptions of quality of life changed?  Most thought we were on the right track and headed in the right direction.  People are looking for ways to start their own business and control their own economic future. The most important personal priorities are jobs and employment, but they are not readily available. 

In following, Jerry D. Parish, Ph.D., Chief Economist & Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, provided an overview of Florida Jobs 2030, A Cornerstone Series Report for the Florida 2030 Initiative.  Even with projected job growth, Florida has a significant skills gap.

Mary Wright, Senior Director & Project Leader for Jobs for the Future, provided an overview on the jobs report.  An analytical process was conducted with a series of stakeholder interviews, looking at five industry sectors: Aerospace and Aviation, Finance and Professional Services, Health Care and Life Sciences, Logistics and Distribution, and Manufacturing.

Florida is a very diverse state in its 67 counties, and especially in Central Florida.  Florida residents are older and more racially diverse, and has made great strides in education. Disruptive technologies are coming:  3-D printing, Advanced Robotics, Big Data/Advanced Analytics, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, and Cyber Security.  Employability and Digital Skills are essential. 

Recommendations for Florida Stakeholders: 

• Expand collaboration among business, education, and workforce development
• Develop skills required for a global economy
• Improve bridge between post secondary education and workforce
• Improve career awareness and counseling
• Establish community-wide accountability structures to measure progress

Key Takeaways:

• The Future of Work is here
• Employability and digital skills are essential
• Boost educational attainment and access for all
• Build and/or enhance cross-sector collaboration and partnerships
• What gets measured gets done

Key thoughts from Learners to Earners Panel that included Superintendents, Walt Griffin, Ed.D. Seminole County Public Schools; Barbara M. Jenkins, Ed.D., Orange County Public Schools; Debra Pace, Ed.D., School District of Osceola County; along with Stanley Sidor, Ed.D., President, Lake-Sumter State College, and A. Dale Whittaker, Ph.D., Provost, University of Central Florida.

Central Florida has an advantage training employability skills on the hospitality side.  Easier to teach hospitality workers technical skills than training those with technical skills in employability soft skills.

Bridging from education to career – “on ramping and off ramping” from education to career and back to education and new career.  Building pathways to higher education.

Learning in a workplace.  Regional campuses serve as anchors of certain industry clusters.  Rosen Center for Hospitality Management is an example.  The UCF Downtown campus will also serve in this capacity as an educational ecosystem. 

How valuable/important is a college degree?  A degree is a certificate that proves your ability to learn.  We need literate kindergarteners, who are then exposed to different paths.  Education should lead to rewarding sustainable work, happiness and financial security. 

Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation – Launch My Career website will be debuting in September.  Compares future earnings, degree programs, ROI for degree, hot skills for tomorrow, what we need to look at – quality of life, personal satisfaction, life style goal calculations, etc.  Please provide feedback and advice, how can it be used?  Look at Beyond Education, Launch My Career.  

Community Voices – A Community Conversation

Thomas L. Baptiste, Lt.Gen.USAF (Ret.), National Center for Simulation – modeling & simulation is a $6 billion industry, where is the talent pipeline to sustain this industry?  It is exploding across other sectors, as well:  healthcare, energy, architecture, engineering, etc. MS&T is the future.  Our community needs to tell the story.

Rogue Gallart, Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce – diversified culture that is very welcoming – 68 million visitors a year and growing.  Hospitality – 423,000 jobs in 2016.  Military veterans are a trained ready workforce; young students need to be exposed to the multitude of career opportunities available (Tradeify Assessment Program) 

Jennifer Grant, Early Learning Coalition of Seminole – 85% of brain architecture is formed by the age of 3 and 95% by the age of 5 years old.  We have work to do on quality of care.  Children must learn to love learning.

Ed Johnson, LYNX – number of people interested in relocating to Central Florida. Transportation must be collaborative and must be planned now to meet those needs and prepare for the new technologies that are coming. LYNX hires more than just bus operators and they must partner with the education systems to ensure a variety of workers for the future.

Robin R. King, CareerSource Flagler/Volusia – conversation by educators about how to ensure graduates land a job.  Continuous learning is not just for kids but for second or third careers for adults and seniors.  Hospitals and hotels are like mini cities.  Ensure inclusiveness for our workforce.

Frank Lopez, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando – today’s program reinforces the fact that our prosperity in Central Florida also brings challenges of collaboration and diversity.  Employability and adaptability must be encouraged. Data driven approach is helpful.  Ensure that we do not miss key stakeholder groups.

Kathy Panter, Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Inc. – education is building communities by preparing tomorrow’s workforce.  Incentives in workforce development, bridging the gap between the business community and the education/independent sector.  Internships, job shadowing, business people in the classroom.  K-12 education is just the beginning.  Tell them your story.  Change generational poverty. 

Sherry Reeves, Manufacturers Association of Central Florida – 1,700 manufacturers are right here in Central Florida.  With baby boomers retiring, we need to make sure young people read and understand English, which is the language of manufacturing.

Lynda L. Weatherman, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast – program gave a resolve to build the pool of manufacturing workers.  Talent attraction recruitment program. 

Mark P. Wylie, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. – very encouraged that educators are teaching students for careers, not just for college.  Career & technical education in OCPS has a real sparkplug in Michael Armbruster, Ed.D, and happy to see is upcoming involvement in guiding the next Leadership Orlando class.  ABC is happy to partner with the education systems.

Tim Giuliani wrapped up the program by saying what a highlight this discussion has been, reinforcing the establishment and the mission of the Orlando Economic Partnership.  This could have been a national conversation, and our speakers should be leading that conversation. 


For copies of the presentations made at the Central Florida Leadership Forum – Florida Jobs 2030, click here:

Regional Priorities and Regional Values – Setting the Stage – Mark Brewer

Introduction of Florida Jobs 2030 – Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D.

Florida Jobs 2030 – A Cornerstone Report – Mary Wright

Central Florida Leadership Forum – Florida Jobs 2030 - Program

About the Orlando Economic Partnership
The Orlando Economic Partnership is a new entity formed from the merger of the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission. The vision of the organization is to provide the region with a durable competitive advantage in global competition for quality jobs, economic growth, broad-based prosperity and a sustainable quality of life.

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