Central Florida International Business Task Force

Central Florida International Business Task Force

SUMMARY

The Central Florida International Business Task Force was commissioned by the Central Florida Partnership Board of Directors, with project ownership and oversight by the Orlando, Inc., Board and its staff. The Task Force was formed to respond to a call for regional priorities set out by over 650 regional leaders. The Task Force’s assignment was shaped and work guided by a state-wide International Business Roundtable, which met just in advance of the Task Force launch (November 14, 2014) and then reviewed critical assumptions and draft goals near the close of the process (October 20, 2015). The work of the Task Force was supported, in part, by the City of Orlando.

A small Task Force, with a primary make up of international business thought leaders, was formed under the volunteer leadership of Yolanda Londoño, Vice President Global Social Responsibility, Tupperware Brands Corporation.

The Central Florida International Business Task Force engaged in a period of discovery and set out to recommend the best ways to: promote and connect port infrastructure to regional success; enhance “trade literacy” and utilize globally-relevant measures of success; and ensure the highest level of support and resources for incumbent and new businesses who seek to diversify into new markets.

The Central Florida International Business Task Force closed-out its 2015 assignment with a call for regional teamwork around five objectives to accelerate participation in global commerce. They confirmed the need for rigorous commitments to “trade literacy” for two sets of stakeholders: regional leaders in all sectors, and decision-makers in export-ready companies of all scales and sizes. The team identified constructive steps to improve civic alignment around metrics, culture, and high quality support services for potential exporters. The Task Force also called for a region-wide coalition of support of international student engagement, cultural literacy, and career development in import/export-driving skills. On their own initiative, members also prepared a set of Critical Questions to guide the region, and its inter-jurisdictional relationships, as it takes on a new scale of work.

At the Central Florida Leadership Forum, hosted March 23, 2016, the Task Force released its report to the community, Collective Engagement and Success for Our Region: Acceleration of Participation in Global Commerce. Links to this report, and additional resources, can be found below.

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Purpose Statement

The Central Florida International Business Task Force will engage in a period of discovery and recommend the best ways to:

- Promote and connect port infrastructure to regional success

- Enhance "trade literacy" and utilize globally-relevant measures of success

- Ensure the highest level of support and resources for incumbent and new businesses who seek to diversify into new markets

 

LEADERSHIP

Yolanda Londono

Yolanda Londoño
Chair - Central Florida International Business Task Force
Vice President, Global Social Responsibility - Tupperware Brands Corporation

Central Florida International Business Task Force Members

RESOURCE DOCUMENTS

Understanding the Values and Priorities of Central Floridians - June 2014
Roundtable on International Business Session Notes - November 2014
Roundtable on International Business Session Notes - October 2015
Central Florida International Business Task Force | Collective Engagement and Success for Our Region:
Acceleration of Participation in Global Commerce - December 2015