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  • RECAP -- Yesterday's Local Chamber Federation Zoom Call with State Representative Blaise Ingoglia

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    January 15, 2021
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    Key Takeaways from Yesterday's Local Chamber Federation Zoom Call with Special Guest State Representative Blaise Ingoglia, House Commerce Committee Chair
     
      "Even though we are in a much better situation and managing things better than other states, we still need to push to make sure our businesses are able to function. Part of that is Covid liability. We are working on a bill right now that we expect to pass the House and that will make it very tough to file lawsuits against businesses when it comes to Covid. It becomes very difficult as a business owner to allow people inside your business for fear that a person or perhaps an employee will turn around and sue. We believe this will shut the spigot off on lawsuits that would have normally happened without a bill like this."
    - State Representative Blaise Ingoglia to Local Chamber Leaders
     

    We were honored to have State Representative Blaise Ingoglia, House Commerce Committee Chair join us for our Florida Chamber call yesterday afternoon. If you were unable to join, you can view a recap and download yesterday's meeting below.
     
    Key takeaways from the webinar:
     
    • On Florida's Day 318, daily average new cases of COVID-19 and weekly percent of positive cases are increasing since our first confirmed COVID-19 case. Florida currently sits at 12.65% of COVID-19 tests being positive. Please keep following Governor DeSantis' and Surgeon General Dr. Rivkees' guidelines to wear masks, practice physical distancing and avoiding large crowds.
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    • Mark Wilson, President and CEO, delivered his President’s report as well as discussed Florida Chamber campaigns including the Florida Chamber’s New “Open for Business Campaign,” click here to find out more. Mark also discussed the Florida Chamber’s Coalition uniting local chambers of commerce in support of COVID-19 liability protections, to find out more or to sign up click here.
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    • State Representative Blaise Ingoglia, House Commerce Committee Chair discussed challenges Florida is facing from the COVID-19 pandemic which affects the state budget as well as much needed COVID-19 liability protections and how the non-collection of online sales tax by out of state vendors puts our small businesses at risk.  
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    • Frank Walker, Vice President of Governmental Relations, provided a 2021 Session preview and provided insight into the new Congress & administration in Washington, D.C.
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    • Dr. Jerry Parish, Chief Economist of the Florida Chamber Foundation, reported that the unemployment rate is currently unchanged in Florida, and stands at 6.4%.
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    • Mark Wilson also discussed scheduled Florida Chamber Safety Council trainings that are scheduled as well as the progress being made by the Florida Institute for Political Leadership (FIPL) campaign schools being scheduled in 2021.
     
    Click here to view yesterday's recorded webinar and the key slides from our Zoom call.
     

    My best,

    Mark

     
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    • January 28, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m EST
      Join our Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish for the Economic Outlook & Jobs Solution Summit where he will provide an in-depth analysis on what we can expect in 2021, along with special appearances from other key leaders and economists. REGISTER HERE

       
    • February 10, 2021 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST
      Make plans to join us for our next Statewide Business Leaders Zoom call. Click here to register.
     
     
     
     
     

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