A new job is created for every $150,000 of goods
exported. Last year, thousands of jobs came
online in South Florida as a direct result of expanding international
trade. That is why one of your Chamberís
major areas of focus is the global marketplace.
Think about this: international expansion could generate an
estimated 143,000 jobs, $21.5 billion in business sales, $7.9 billion in
personal income, and $723 million in tax revenues, according to a recent study
by the Florida Chamber Foundation.
Annually, the study suggested 32,000 jobs are realistic.
Your Board of Directors approved creating specific,
measurable strategies to better position our region. Chris Madsen, Mad 4 Marketing, chair of the
Board, appointed Port Everglades Director Phil Allen to lead the project and
today, Allen convened a meeting with key South Florida stakeholders to that
While the Greater Fort Lauderdale Economic Alliance will
continue its focus on direct foreign investment, the Chamber will serve as an
incubator and marshal resources to facilitate education, foreign direct
investment and public policy decisions supportive of free trade agreements to
name but three areas. Our allies in
government will be with us, too.
With over $130 billion generated in South Florida by the
global marketplace in 2008, itís easy to see why your leadership is laser
focused on expansion of this key sector.