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Florida Chamber Foundation launches ‘My Career’ website tool

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Drawing on state data on what jobs are out there and what they pay, and what college and career school programs cost, the Florida Chamber Foundation is launching a new website aimed at helping people understand where the money is and what it will cost.

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Mark Wilson calls House push to eliminate Enterprise Florida ‘a political conversation about ideology’

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Addressing what he called the “obvious elephant in the room,” Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson criticized Florida House members who backed an effort to end economic incentive programs, calling the move political. “I want to be blunt for a few minutes,” said Wilson. “This is not a Legislature trying to seek how to diversify the economy and how to grow trade. This is a political conversation about an ideology that frankly is silly.” Wilson made his comments during the 2017…

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Susan Ward: Disability Employment Awareness Month offered reminder that employers need to put differently-abled to work

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Ahh, the Sunshine State — where it’s just another day in paradise and theme parks whisk visitors to fantasies where dreams come true. Problem is the reality isn’t so fancy for the many unemployed Floridians with a disability. Statistics from the Florida Scorecard Research report show that 63 percent of residents with a disability who want to work aren’t working. That’s a particularly disheartening lowlight considering the state last month observed Disability Employment Awareness Month. What gives? Let’s start with…

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Rick Scott’s goal for final years in office: ‘Jobs, and then jobs, and then jobs’

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For Gov. Rick Scott, Florida’s future priorities are the same as they are today — jobs, jobs, jobs. The Naples Republican was one of the keynote speakers at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum in Orlando on Thursday. The governor used his speech to pump up his proposal to set aside $85 million for economic incentives, but also to talk about the need to create a business friendly environment and grow jobs. “My goal for the last 830 days…

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Adam Putnam: Florida ‘can be the jumping off point for the American Dream’

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has a theory. Some of the most talented people in the world are going to end up in Florida at some point in their lives. He just wants that to be sooner, rather than later. “I want Florida to be more than the prize for a life well lived, of success accumulated someplace else,” said Putnam during the 2016 Future of Florida Forum Wednesday. “We can be the jumping-off point for the American Dream; the place where…

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Rick Scott to Chamber: ‘If you’re a veteran, you want to be in Florida’

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Gov. Rick Scott reiterated his pledge to make Florida the most veteran-friendly state in the nation, pledging to do whatever he can to help veterans and military personnel transition to civilian life. The Naples Republican was one of several speakers who addressed a crowd of more than 100 business, military and defense industry leaders at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit Wednesday. The day-long event was a chance for leaders to come together to brainstorm how to…

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Florida Chamber focuses on military and defense industry, veterans during summit

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The Florida Chamber of the Commerce is looking to the future, and how it can help military veterans succeed. The Florida Chamber Foundation kicked off its Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit on Wednesday with a discussion about how the businesses can prepare for the next phase of Florida’s growth. The statewide business advocacy group hosted the event to bring together the state’s military and defense industry, economic development experts, and policy makers to discuss the challenges facing the state.…

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