Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet recently lauded the Florida Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, praising its efforts to spur the state’s economy and accomplishments over the last century.
“The Florida Chamber of Commerce works diligently to support economic growth and create opportunities for all Floridians,” Gov. Scott said. “I am proud to recognize the Florida Chamber for their commitment to making Florida first for jobs on their 100 year anniversary today.”
Florida’s population has multiplied over 20 times since 1916, the year of the Chamber’s founding. In that year, the state’s agriculture industry was specifically at risk due to a parasite that affected cattle; the Chamber found itself facing its biggest challenge in the form of a tiny tick.
“One hundred years ago, the biggest threat facing Florida’s economy was a parasite — the cattle tick,” Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, said. “While the threats to Florida’s economy have changed, the Florida Chamber’s mission to secure our state’s future, create jobs and create economic opportunities remain[s] the same … we look forward to serving our state for the next 100 years.”
In the past year, one out of every 12 jobs created nationwide were in Florida, assuring the state’s top ranking as a strong economic system. Marking the occasion, Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi expressed appreciation for the Chamber’s pro-business work.
“Chamber members not only promote the well-being and stability of our state’s economy, but they also give so much back to our community through partnering with great charities and other nonprofit organizations to help make Florida the safest place to live, work and raise a family,” Bondi said.