Florida Chamber leads discussion on how Jacksonville can be global leader

January 28, 2014

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Experts on transportation, planning and business development will discuss the importance of keeping Florida – and particularly the Jacksonville region – positioned as a global hub in the areas of trade, logistics and export-oriented manufacturing activities during the Trade and Logistic Summit.

“With 150,000 more jobs throughout the next five years possible in Florida, it is essential that communities come together to plan for the changes their region will face given the evolving trade, logistics and advanced manufacturing marketplace,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “This summit is designed to keep Florida, and this region, at the forefront of a global marketplace. With Jacksonville’s infrastructure, location, global trade ties and its focus on trade and logistics, this region is poised for success – if the community continues its support and efforts.”

Florida is already in a geographically pivotal position for international trade. With 19 million residents, Florida conducts $132-billion dollars in two-way trade to 225 trading partners. The state is also home to 15 deepwater seaports, 19 commercial service airports, nearly 2,800 miles of railways and more than 12,000 center line miles of state highways, making the state an ideal hub for international trade.

Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistic Summit

January 29, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

JAXPORT Cruise Terminal, 9810 August Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226

Speakers and panelists include:
• Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville)
• Representative Lake Ray (R-Jacksonville)
• Brian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, JAXPORT
• Representative Daniel Davis, President and CEO, JAXChamber
• Richard Biter, Assistant Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation
• District Secretary Greg Evans, District Two, Florida Department of Transportation
• Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach, Florida Chamber of Commerce

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