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Another viewpoint:  Infrastructure critical to growing Florida economy
Published Sunday, December 1, 2019
by By Bob Swindell


Florida continues to rank as one of the best places to live, work and call home. In addition to residents that already call Florida home, retirees move here to enjoy our quality of life, students are moving here to attend one of the best college and university systems in the country, and more businesses are relocating to enjoy the fourth-best tax climate in the country.

The bottom line is that Florida’s population continues to grow. We’re adding 900-plus new residents each day, and by 2030, 4.5 million new residents will call Florida home. Eight counties, including Broward, will account for 57% of this population increase.

And because we’re growing, it’s important that we plan for Florida’s future — particularly Florida’s infrastructure.

How will we move more people, provide enough water, ensure access to diverse energy sources and house them all? Equally important is the ability to use new innovations to improve efficiency and ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.

While Broward County was once known primarily as a vacation destination, today it’s known as a place just as likely to draw businesses and entrepreneurs.

South Florida’s focus has shifted to growing and diversifying its regional economy to attract and grow industries such as technology, aviation and life sciences.

Thankfully, Florida has a strategy to ensure each of these important issues are considered. It’s called the Florida 2030 Blueprint, and according to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s research, it will help ensure Florida is putting long-term needs over short-term quick fixes.

Addressing what Florida will need by 2030 will help ensure that the Sunshine State isn’t left behind in the national and global footprint.

Things like water, sound roadways and common-sense infrastructure are goals that Floridians can get behind.

The Florida Chamber is uniting Florida’s business community for good, and it is hosting job creators and industry experts for its annual Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Summit on Dec. 5 in Hollywood.

Top transportation leaders like Monica Cepero, Broward County deputy county administrator; and Mark Gale, the CEO and director of aviation for the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport; and Gerry O’Reilly, District Four secretary with the Florida Department of Transportation, will be among the featured speakers.

They’ll share their vision and strategies to manage and anticipate current and future infrastructure needs in a county of 1.9 million residents that sits at the center of South Florida.

The future of Florida’s infrastructure is vital to ensuring Florida’s is prepared for 2030.

Bob Swindell is president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.



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