Last Call for 9.26.18 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics
Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.
Wednesday marked the beginning of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Future of Florida Forum.
The key takeaway: Florida is changing.
According to the Chamber’s multimillion-dollar “Florida 2030” research project, there are seismic shifts in store for the Sunshine State’s political, demographic and economic landscapes over the next decade.
The group estimates the state will add more than 5 million new residents over the next 12 years, and with that growth comes the need for more and better jobs and transforming the state’s $1 trillion economy from its reliance on real estate and tourism into something more future-proof.
To do that, the Chamber is outlining how the private sector can play a role in boosting educational attainment and increasing access to quality health care for Floridians. Achieving those goals, the Chamber said, requires building a workforce with the skills of tomorrow.
“The need for 1.7 million new jobs comes as some of our current jobs are likely to disappear,” said Tony Carvajal, executive vice president of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “That’s why we need a diverse