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AIF postpones annual conference ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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The 2016 Associated Industries of Florida annual conference has been postponed, organizers announced Tuesday.

The annual conference was scheduled to kick off Wednesday at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando. The two-day event was expected to give AIF members a chance to hear from state leaders and discuss issues important to the business community.

However, AIF announced Tuesday it was postponing the conference after hurricane watches were issued for parts of Florida.

“The governor has declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in Florida, and while AIF is fully hopeful that the worst of the storm will remain offshore in the Atlantic, there’s appropriate concern about serious threats to portions of Florida involving wind, rain, flooding, and related infrastructure, health and welfare concerns,” a spokeswoman for the organization said in an email.

Scheduled speakers included Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Rick Scott, CFO Jeff Atwater, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Majority Leader Bill Galvano, and Blaise Ingoglia, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and a state representative.

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