The Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently visited Pensacola as a part of their 2030 Project Regional Rollout. The 2030 Project is an ongoing effort by the Florida Chamber Foundation to help the business community in Florida prepare for the growth that our state will experience over the next twelve years.
Florida Chamber Foundation Executive Vice President Tony Carvajal led the conversation with almost 100 leaders from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in attendance. Carvajal began the program by sharing data describing the coming growth in the state and Northwest Florida, including the number of jobs that will be needed by 2030. In Escambia County alone, it anticipated that the business community will need to create 7,233 new jobs by the year 2030. Carvajal also touched on the trends that he is seeing with the types of jobs being created and mentioned that many of the jobs of the future do not even exist today.
Following Carvajal's presentation, there was a panel discussion that focused on talent and workforce development in our community. Chamber President/CEO Clay Ingram participated on the panel with Scott Luth from FloridaWest, Michelle Taylor from the Escambia County School District and Business Consultant Patrick Rooney. The panel discussed ongoing efforts on the state and local level to train the workforce of the future in an effort to attract and retain the workers needed here in Escambia County.
To learn more about the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2030 Project go to www.florida2030.org and visit www.thefloridascorecard.org to review the data that was presented at the rollout.