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"Open for Business" Regional Business Summit - Friday, December 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:00 am

An interactive presentation responding to the Preliminary Recommendations from the "Open for Business" Regional Work Groups is planned for Friday, December 9, 2011. The Summit is being hosted by the Central Florida Congress of Regional Leaders, in partnership with the myregion.org Executive Board of Advisors.

Confirmed to attend the Summit are: Dale A. Brill, Ph.D., President, Florida Chamber Foundation; Chris Hart, IV, President, Workforce Florida, Inc.; Gray Swoope, Secretary of Commerce, and President & CEO, Enterprise Florida; and Doug Darling, Executive Director, Department of Economic Opportunity. 

These statewide leaders will "react and respond" to the Preliminary Recommendations from the "Open for Business" Regional Work Groups. Part of the program will include a presentation by Donald N. Upton, President, Fairfield Index, Inc., and Project Director for The Florida Eight.

"Open for Business"
Regional Business Summit
Friday, December 9, 2011
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
SeaWorld’s Ports of Call at SeaWorld
7007 SeaWorld Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
RSVP to Pam Clancy at pam.clancy@orlando.org or 407.835.2486

"Open for Business" was launched earlier this year by members of the "Open for Business" Organizing Committee: Elizabeth McGee, Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando; Mark P. Wylie, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.; Michael Kidd, Orlando Regional REALTOR Association; Brian Walters, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission; and Jacob V. Stuart, Central Florida Partnership; "Open for Business" is being managed by myregion.org and is being led by Shelley Lauten, Project Director of "Open for Business" and President of myregion.org.

Based on the "Open for Business" Business Climate Survey completed earlier this year, the "Open for Business" Organizing Committee launched three "Open for Business" Regional Work Groups: Streamlining Permitting & Licensing, Reviewing Transactional Fees, and Creating Access to Capital.

Each "Open for Business" Regional Work Group was invited to make specific recommendations on how to best address regulatory and government barriers impacting business growth and employment opportunities in our region, with the specific purpose of helping to create jobs, getting "folks" back to work.

These "Open for Business" Regional Work Groups were geographically-based, representing the public and private sectors, and staffed by members of the "Open for Business" Organizing Committee.  After several months of work, the Co-Chairs of each of the "Open for Business" Regional Work Groups will present their Preliminary Recommendations at the "Open for Business" Regional Business Summit.

To learn more about this effort, you’ll want to be "in the room," at the "Open for Business" Regional Business Summit.  Space is limited, so it’s important for you to RSVP to Pam Clancy at pam.clancy@orlando.org, or by phone at 407.835.2486.

Between now and the "Open for Business" Regional Business Summit, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact Shelley Lauten, President of myregion.org at shelley.lauten@orlando.org; or, if it’s more convenient, you’re welcome to contact a member of the "Open for Business" Organizing Committee.