9R27L = 10,000 JOBS
9R27L is the name of the South Runway project that will create more than 10,000 jobs at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and this morning was the official groundbreaking ceremony for $791 million in construction that extends concrete 8,000 feet.
The project will be completed in 2014 and was solidly backed by the Chamber and the entire business community. On hand today were many local, state and federal leaders. They are all to be commended for their ability to get this project off the ground. In particular, Terry Stiles, CEO of Stiles, Corporation, led the business community charge along with former Chamber president, Christopher Pollock.
US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood used this opportunity to ask Congress to pass the reauthorization of funding for both the FAA and the omnibus Transportation bill. The former is two weeks away from expiration which means furloughs, unemployment and transportation chaos. Both need to be approved and all can take credit for stimulating the economy.
With runway expansion now a reality, it is time we focus on Port Everglades and make those economic growth projects a reality, too. Last week a group of local business leaders took that message to Tallahassee and delivered our message to bureaucrats and elected officials that South Florida businesses support these initiatives and will continue to focus on economic activity that creates and sustains jobs. Our port expansion plans create 135,000 jobs both locally and throughout FL. In November our Washington Fly-In group carried a similar message.
Being active in the politics is nothing new for this Chamber. Our issues oriented focus continues to be on job creation and economic development. You play an important part of this strategy and can help us by learning more about the issues, voting when we have elections, and bringing more business owners into the Chamber who can help further our mission. Make sure to do business with Chamber members and bring guests to our event, like our 102nd Annual Meeting on February 28. Collectively, we can accomplish anything.