Florida Chamber study shows 150,000 potential jobs tied to exports, imports over next five years

October 14, 2013

The Florida Chamber Foundation today released its Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2.0), identifying a potential of 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs that can be created over the next five years. The TL2.0 study was released at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum in Orlando.

The study, commissioned by the Florida Chamber Foundation and presented by Bank of America and the Florida Department of Transportation, builds on Florida’s once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the state’s economy to become a global hub for trade, logistics and export-oriented manufacturing activities.

“The Florida Chamber Foundation’s study provides a roadmap for tremendous private-sector job growth and positive economic activity,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “In addition to identifying a potential 150,000 new jobs, the Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 recommends developing a trade, logistics and manufacturing talent pipeline, creating Centers of Excellence and the Southeast’s first merchant marine training institute.”

Florida is uniquely positioned in the center of the hemisphere, and the shift in the U.S. population to the south, the Panama Canal widening, the resurgence of Latin American and Caribbean trade, and the continued revolution in logistics practices create an opportunity for Florida to excel as a global hub.

In 2010, the Florida Chamber of Commerce put a stake in the ground by calling for the doubling of Florida-origin exports and achieving economic diversification. The same year, the Florida Chamber Foundation released its first Florida Trade and Logistics Study, which has resulted in:

  • 23,000 new trade and logistics jobs create from 2010-2012,
  • 9,000 new manufacturing jobs,
  • A record $66 billion in goods exported by Florida companies (an increase of $11), and
  • Establishing a friendlier business climate, through nearly a dozen successfully passed Florida Chamber-backed bills, for trade, logistics and manufacturing industry.

The TL2.0 study identifies seven strategies that can be accomplished through a coordinated statewide action on workforce, transportation, economic development and business climate. The strategies include:

  • Continue the strong leadership role of the Governor and the historic alignment of Florida’s public and private leaders and organizations that have been critical to recent successes in the global market.
  • Continue the recent strategic emphasis on trade and logistics, including its identification as a statewide targeted industry.
  • Integrate, expand, and provide sustained funding for programs with proven impact or positive initial results.
  • Make strategic investments to ensure Florida is “best in class” in all aspects of global trade and investments.
  • Ensure an ongoing, strategic presence for Florida at the national level where Florida can shape federal decisions on trade agreements, trade regulations, customs and other trade-related business processes, and transportation policies and investments.
  • Enhance regional partnerships across Florida to target export market opportunities and advance economic development, workforce, transportation, and land use decisions that maximize the global opportunities for each region of the state.
  • Develop a Florida Trade and Logistics Institute to continue research, education, and collaboration in support of Florida’s global vision, including support for implementing the recommendations of this report.

TL2.0 builds upon previous Florida Chamber Foundation research, including the first Trade and Logistics Study, the International and Transportation Cornerstones (1998/1999) and other statewide initiatives such as the Florida Department of Transportation’s Florida Transportation Plan 2060. The study also uses the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars framework to clearly identify essential areas for strategic development tied to creating jobs, advancing economic growth and diversifying the state’s economy.

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  • Dale Parker October 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

    EPenn… you are correct absolutely and no mayor has done more damage than Hayward and his group of merry idiots.

    Everyone from Deluna has recognized that Pensacola is the Best and fastest to get to deep water Port in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Yet, we cannot market our strengths with the I110 spur dang near dumping into it, rail at its back door. On this Elebash and I have to part ways. He believes that if you fail give up. I say, if you fail fire everyone get rid of the idiot mayor and purge the council.

  • EPenn October 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Please see this form the World Port Source:

    Pensacola with no container access is considered a medium size port and Panama City which has/expanding its container capability is considered a small port. Sounds like C.C. and the downtown folk just don’t want to admit what we really are and still holding back the port, which I might add is has been doing better than the airport, even with it being totally neglected by the City.

    Hey, knuckleheads! Put some effort into the port and it will do crazy good things for the entire area! We don’t need another restaurant! It just puts one of the others that are already there out of business. A new restaurant doesn’t increasing the number of customers they are the same ones just going to the new place, thus the old one has less customers and goes belly up. The sum of it all is zero gain. You are doing nothing but running around in a circle.

  • EPenn October 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Many small ports can accommodate container ships. Pensacola just refuses to recognize one of its greatest assets and use Federal and State funds that are readily available to expand and retool the port. Even when the state is encouraging it to do so to take advantage of Florida’s strategic location to fill the gap between the Atlantic and Gulf trade routes. Even Florida’s expansion of the mid-peninsula ports for containers, still will leave a huge gap from Mobile to Tampa, which Pensacola is only one of 2 ports positioned geographically to take advantage of. Of course Panama City is doing what Pensacola is not and they will get high paying jobs and we get more seasonal, part time, minimum wage service jobs. Pensacola the home of the working poor.

  • C. C. Elebash October 16, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Like many small ports, Pensacola is an anachronism. The advent of containers and the interstate highway system 50 years ago reduced the opportunities for little ports to participate in trade. Cheaper and faster land transportation favors the combination of large ports with containers and trucks. There is no logical justification for the revival of coastal shipping that local port people are now touting.

    Actually, Pensacola was never destined to be a busy port. It lacks requisites for success. In short, there is little or no demand for cargo shipped in or out of our port.

    • It is not near a dense population center.
    • It is not located in a manufacturing area.
    • And it is not at the mouth of a major inland waterway system.

    The much heralded “super container ships” using the widened Panama Canal may not call at any Gulf ports. These ships are very expensive to build and operate. They will unload at only a few ports, and cargo will go by truck and rail to final destinations. Norfolk and New York are the most likely eastern U.S. ports-of-call. Jacksonville, Savannah and Charleston want to participate, but they face big financial and regulatory hurdles.

  • Dale Parker October 15, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Yeap, too bad that over the years the City of Pensacola and its “so called power brokers” and the “Dee Dee Ritchie Foo Foo Set” have been doing all that they can to kill the port.

    There are more policies and procedures to kill business at the port that you can imagine. We turn down contracts, we do not advertise and go after the Gulf and Latin America trade routes. We hire inept Port Directors with little or no experience in marketing ports.

    Then, we go out to the public and say … we just cannot be successful. Let’s put restaurants and hotels there because their idea of Economic development and job growth is putting a serving tray in your hand. If you do not believe that, just read about how great downtown Pensacola is, its renewal, street of the year, blah blah, blah… what has opened up. Restaurants and bars.

    Meanwhile, they have failed MISERABLY at the tech park blowing millions of dollars now watering down its potential just to get ANYONE to build in there. The Maritime Park basically has Studer’s and Becks private offices there and we are spending 4,000,000 a year in debt service, taxes and subsidies.

    Where is Hixardt? In fact, where is anything related to REAL jobs where someone can actually send a kid to college?