Speakers, agenda revealed for next week’s Future of Florida Forum

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The Florida Chamber is hosting a forum on the future of Florida, but its roster of speakers and attendees is a marquee of Florida’s here-and-now. Gov. Rick Scott, members of the Florida Cabinet and the Legislature will gather in Orlando from October 14-16 to attend the annual Forum.  These state leaders will be joined by Florida’s leading CEOs, small business owners, international policy leaders, and non-profit representatives to focus on Florida’s major challenges and opportunities.

Gov. Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, CFO Jeff Atwater, Speaker Will Weatherford, President Don Gaetz, and various legislators will be speaking. Summit topics are slated to cover the release of the Trade & Logistics Study 2.0, the unveiling of the Florida Business Alliance for Competitive Healthcare Solutions, the release of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Survey, and a State of the State Presentation by Bentina Terry, VP of External Affairs and Corporate Services at Gulf Power and Florida Chamber Board Chair.

The forum begins on Monday with meetings of the International Business Council and Florida Chamber Foundation Board of Trustees, and continues at 11:00 a.m. for general registration.  A 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. summit on Trade & Logistics focuses on positioning business for domestic and internal success; and a 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. summit on Healthcare brings together healthcare and insurance experts for a discussion on “bending the cost curve” and the Affordable Care Act. A welcome reception follows at 5:30 p.m.

O Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m., the Future of Florida Forum continues with a breakfast briefing.  At 9:45 a.m. a discussion on present and future issues for job-makers ensues, followed by a keynote luncheon and a 2:30talk on “moving Florida forward.”  Another networking reception follows at 5:30 p.m.  Finally, on Wednesday, an 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. summit is held on “protecting the future of free enterprise” in which Florida’s Cabinet and state and congressional leaders will brief on issues impacting Florida businesses bottom-line.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.