The community and businesses in Coral Gables are poised for economic growth in 2018, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Trowbridge recently told Florida Business Daily.
Question: What do you expect to see this year?
Answer: I see most growth with a greater emphasis on hiring; I would call it cautious optimism.
Q: Who benefits/loses?
A: I think both employers and employees benefit this year, especially as we see how tax reform unfolds.
Q: How should businesses/consumers approach the year from an economic viewpoint?
A: Modest growth and expansion; I also think we are more confident in the ability of the consumer to buy.
Q: Which sectors do you see ripe for growth?
A: Health care continues to boom and, in Miami, construction jobs are at a premium.
Q: Which sectors do you think will continue to sink?
A: Post [Hurricane] Irma, our tourism industry took a hit, but I think that has already seen a recovery at the end of 2017 and the first month of 2018.