How we’re creating our region of the future

How do cities prosper in the 4th Industrial Revolution? How can new opportunities advance broad-based prosperity? What is the strategy for cities and regions to create their future? Here’s how trying to advance broad-based prosperity in Orlando.

Orlando becoming mobility hub of the future

As originally published in American City & County here. As the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” Orlando has earned a global reputation for bringing futuristic innovation to life. Not only does Orlando’s status as one of the top travel destinations in the world fuel our tourism industry, but it also supports our robust network…

Our look at Orlando in 2030

Have you thought about what your city will look like in 2030? When you live in one of the fastest growing regions in America, you think about that all the time. Will be be better off or in decline?

What we’re reading…

The world has changed. The economy has changed. The nature of work has changed. Our political makeup has changed. These pages lead us down a new path.

Early Childhood Investments and Economic Progress

This article is a product my wife and I worked on to combine our areas of passion and expertise. I am proud of my wife, Sarah. In addition to being a fantastic wife and great mother to our three children, she has a PhD in Communication Science and Disorders with an emphasis in language and…

Gainesville Chamber President & CEO Announcement

(As released by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce on July 27, 2012) The Board of the Directors of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce selected Tim Giuliani as the new president and chief executive officer following a national search.  He and the Chamber’s leadership team will work closely with community, educational and business leaders to…

Small Business Survey In The News

Our Quarterly Small Business Index Survey was released to the media for the first time yesterday showing that small business owners are growing optimistic and nearly 40% are planning to hire in the next six months.  Our Florida Chamber Small Business Council is able to keep the pulse of issues facing small businseses through this…

What the JOBS Act Would Do

Small businesses are critical to Florida’s economy, and “tomorrow,” they are even more important because of increasing global competition. Most research and economic analysis shows that small businesses create a bulk of net new jobs, employ more than 50% of the workforce and account for approximately 1/3 of the difference between a strong economy and…

Fresh ideas needed to create more start-ups and grow small businesses

Business start-ups, small business growth and entrepreneurship are critically important to our economy.  In fact, they account for most net job growth in our state and country. Beginning next week, the Florida Chamber Small Business Council will work with our state Department of Economic Opportunity (similar to a Dept. of Commerce in other states and…