This week, FAC President Grover Robinson and 2012 Past President Doug Smith presented at the Annual Future of Florida Forum put on by the Florida Chamber Foundation. This was a great opportunity to share the importance of counties with the state’s business community as well as many of Florida’s state elected leaders.
President Robinson served as a panelist on “Florida’s Water Future: Sustainable Solutions to Preserving our Resources.” Rep. Matt Caldwell provided opening remarks regarding the critical water issues facing Florida in the coming years. The panel also included Jeff Littlejohn, President of Littlejohn, Mann & Associates; Ernie Cox, President, Family Lands Remembered; and moderated by David Childs, Attorney at Hopping, Green and Sams. President Robinson focused his remarks on the importance of maintaining local control when it comes to preventing source point solution as well as the impacts of the RESTORE Act on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Commissioner Doug Smith served as a panelist on “Governing at the Local Level: Opportunities vs Challenges for Competitive Growth.” Other panelists included Representative Mary Lynn Magar; former Representative Daniel Davis; Greenacres Mayor Sam Ferreri and moderated by Daniel Martell, President & CEO Economic Council of Palm Beach County. Commissioner Smith focused his comments on the effectiveness of local government especially when juxtaposed against the gridlock in Washington DC. He also shared two major economic projects, including the Port of Miami Tunnel and a sewer system installed in rural Palm Beach County, that highlight ways that counties can be innovative and proactive to advance their local economies. Finally, Commissioner Smith spoke to the importance of working with our business community to improve the business climate in Florida and ways that FAC could facilitate such collaboration.
FAC continues to look for new partners to share the value of home rule. This was a great opportunity to share and begin dialogue with this important and essential group for Florida’s economy.