Florida Leaders Connect at MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit to Advance Florida’s Economy


Associated Industries of Florida, (AIF), CareerSource Florida, Inc., FloridaMakes, the Florida Chamber Foundation, and the Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Council (FMLC), held the second annual MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit in Orlando on May 31st, where ecosystem stakeholders and industry leaders from the manufacturing sector came together to advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging resources to accelerate the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector.

The Summit, which serves as an annual platform to exchange ideas around how our state resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in this sector focused on four key themes: technology acceleration, talent development, business growth, and business environment.

This year’s Summit attracted more than twice the number of registered participants than the inaugural year and had an increased number of presenters from the manufacturing and related economic sectors.  Nearly every relevant professional, trade, and policy organization, as well as research and educational institutions, were represented in some form along with other important State and Federal agencies. 

FloridaMakes CEO Kevin Carr said, “I am excited about the outcomes of the 2019 MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit. It laid the foundation for all of Florida’s manufacturing stakeholders, public and private, to begin leveraging their collective assets and capabilities for a more competitive manufacturing sector for the state.”  

According to the National Association of Manufacturers’ 2019 facts, manufacturers in Florida account for 5.36 percent of the total output in the state, employing 4.3 percent of the workforce. Additionally, manufacturers helped drive Florida’s economy with $52.69 billion in manufactured goods exported in 2018. 

CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard said, “CareerSource Florida values opportunities such as this year’s MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit to identify strategies for strengthening Florida’s manufacturing industry. As we think about the future of Florida’s workforce and our state’s growing industries, it’s critical for workforce development professionals, economic developers, and leaders in business and industry as well as education to continue working together to help all Floridians achieve economic prosperity.”

According to a report compiled by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in May 2019, manufacturing had 381,800 jobs in Florida, an increase of 11,500 jobs over the year.  The average annual compensation rate per manufacturing worker statewide is over $61,000.

The hosting partners of the MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit will be issuing a report with Florida TaxWatch on the State of Manufacturing highlighting the priorities discussed during the event. The report will be published later this year and it will include input from all participating stakeholders.  

For more information on the 2019 MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit, please visit www.floridamakes.com/summit.

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