Yet, Florida will soon pass New York and become the country’s third-largest state, and it’s 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.
That’s why trade and logistics are so important to Florida’s economic future.
Florida is already uniquely positioned from a logistics perspective. Miami International Airport is one the country’s 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 Scott’s 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.
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