Here’s something I’m not ashamed to admit: the scheduled 1:00 p.m. release of the Florida Chamber Trade & Logistics Study 2.0 (TL 2.0) is flagged in red on my calendar.
Why? Because the first inception of the Chamber Foundation’s study, released in 2010, was a rare case of a study leading to measurable changes in Florida’s job-building mechanisms.
Recommendations presented in the 2010 report led Florida to grow state-origin exports to an record $66 billion, and to add 19,600 trade and logistics related jobs and 8,500 manufacturing jobs in the process. Among other things, the study called for the expedited creation of a 50 foot channel depth at the Port of Miami to coincide with the schedule completion of the Panama Canal expansion, and led to the creation of the Office of Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations at the Florida DOT. The study led to the passage of two important pieces of legislation, and added logistics companies to Enterprise Florida’s Target Industry Sector List.
I could go on, but I’ll save it for what the Chamber releases today in their updated report. Stay tuned…