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Monday, March 09, 2015 VOLUME 18 ISSUE 10
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CENTRAL FLORIDA PARTNERSHIP ADVANCES REGIONAL INITIATIVES
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT
MAR
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Chamber Rally for I-4 Ultimate
A few seats remain!  You're invited to the next Chamber Rally for I-4 Ultimate, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from 11:45 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce Building.

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Leadership Orlando Class 89 Orientation Session
Together, we will explore new opportunities, make new friends, and connect with the people and places that make the Central Florida region strong.

MAR
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Business Leadership Roundtable featuring John "Jock" McKernan
Presentation on The Growth Imperative: How Slow Growth Threatens Our Future and the American Dream by John "Jock" McKernan, former Governor of Maine & Senior Advisor of the U.S. Chamber Foundation, with Martin A. Regalia, Ph.D., Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Leadership Orlando Leadership & Board Service Session
In a collaborative effort by the Philanthropy Center and Leadership Orlando, we will "test" your knowledge of the region and provide an introduction to nonprofit board service, and explore new ways to "get connected" in service to our region.

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Chamber Connect
For current Members, it would be wonderful to have you "in the room," allowing us to introduce you to others and to share with you the latest information about our important work.

FEATURE STORIES
Guest Column by Jacob V. Stuart, Central Florida Partnership

Last week, Mark Wilson, President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, presented a piece of Comprehensive Healthcare Reform Legislation to the Florida Legislature. This 49-page draft legislation, authored by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, is based on recommendations and findings coming from a Statewide Healthcare Task Force. Having had the honor of serving on this Statewide Healthcare Task Force, I know firsthand of the diligent nature of its work; especially as it relates to addressing the complicated and controversial issues surrounding healthcare reform. Read more ...
Groundbreaking Held on $2.3 Billion Project

On Feb. 17th, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officially broke ground on the I-4 Ultimate project. Governor Rick Scott and representatives from more than a dozen local, state and federal agencies were present at the ceremony for the largest infrastructure project in Florida history. Read more ...
Named Military Liaison for Enterprise Florida

Craig Technologies CEO Carol Craig has been tapped to serve as Enterprise Florida's liaison for defense and military affairs as a member of its board of directors. Read more ...
RSVP Today for Next Rally on March 10, 2015!
Chamber Rally for I-4 Ultimate Full The $2.3 billion, 21-mile, six-year I-4 Ultimate project has officially started! Along these lines, it's important for all of us to know more about the I-4 Ultimate project so we can properly answer questions from our customers, constituencies, colleagues and employees. Read more ...
Former Maine Governor McKernan to Speak
John "Jock" McKernanOrlando, Inc., and BusinessForce are delighted to announce a joint Business Leadership Roundtable scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Roundtable will feature a presentation on The Growth Imperative: How Slow Growth Threatens Our Future and the American Dream from former Governor of Maine and President of the U.S. Chamber Foundation, John "Jock" McKernan. Martin A. Regalia, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Economist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will also be presenting. Read more ...
 
IDEAS TO RESULTS
Leadership Orlando Explores Multi-Modal Network
Carol CraigRegional Transportation was the focus as Leadership Orlando Class 88 gathered at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport on Thursday. The program included an insider's look at the comprehensive transportation options that are, or soon will be, available in Central Florida. Read more ...
Rep. Eisnaugle Provides Report
Carol CraigThe 2015 Florida Legislature convened on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 with both Houses hearing addresses from Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). Before the session began, both Gardiner and Crisafulli announced their joint agenda for the year. Read more ...
Chambers Urge Congress to Fund Transportation
The Central Florida Partnership has joined more than 250 local, regional and state chambers of commerce urging Congress to resolve the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, and to pass a long term federal transportation authorization bill. Read more ...
Register by March 23, 2015
The Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce will be traveling to Panama City, Panama, from June 25, 2015 – June 30, 2015, and all are welcome to join the excursion! To secure your reservation, registration and travel deposit must be received by close of business Monday, March 23, 2015.  Click here now to learn more about this exciting excursion and to download your application form. Read more ...
Reserved your space for March 26, 2015 event!
Improving the energy and water efficiency of buildings is critical to the long term social, environmental and economic sustainability of our City Beautiful. It's also clear that using water and power in cleaner, more efficient ways is also good for business. Read more ...
FOCUSING ON WHAT MATTERS MOST
Executive Connection Member Profile
Periodically, Every Monday will feature members at the Executive Connection level of Orlando, Inc. So that we can get to know them better and have access to the products and services that they provide, today we are featuring AVI-SPL. Read more ...
Put Your Business in the Cloud with ChamberPerks
As a benefit from Orlando, Inc., ChamberPerks offers a wide array of discounted IT services for your business from CenturyLink. High-Speed Internet, Microsoft® Office 365, Business Class Phone and Web Suite – Put the power of CenturyLink and Core Connect® to work for your business!  Read more ...
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