Yet, Florida will soon pass New York and become the countryís third-largest state, and itís still growing. The question for state and metropolitan leaders is how they can make sure the newly created jobs are more production-oriented and better able to withstand the economic shocks of tomorrow.
Thatís why trade and logistics are so important to Floridaís economic future.
Florida is already uniquely positioned from a logistics perspective. Miami International Airport is one the countryís most important international airfreight hubs, operating as the country's chief gateway to Latin America and responsible for moving $68.5bn in international goods just last year. The state boasts 15 deep water ports, and the state will have invested $700m in port infrastructure by the end of Governor Rick Scottís four-year term. The state is also blessed with cutting-edge freight policies, most notably through the regional planning efforts coordinated out of the Office of Freight Logistics and Passenger Operations.