Estimados Compañeros Floridanos:
Infrastructure matters. It’s a term that can mean many things to
different people, but at its core, the term represents the framework on
which we build our cities, our neighborhoods, and our daily lives.
Bridges and roadways most commonly come to mind, but infrastructure
encompasses much more than transportation needs. It’s having an
appropriately-sized power grid to manage the needs of the people, it’s
access to clean water, and it’s having grocery stores full of fresh
foods nearby so that we can feed our families.
As Florida continues to grow, so will the need for updating and expanding our
infrastructure. With more than 20 million residents and in excess of two million
businesses, we will need new ideas, new investments, and new technology to
bridge the gap between today and tomorrow. I’m proud to say that Florida is
succeeding at putting these critical systems in place for the future.
Each quarter, I publish an economic magazine called Florida’s Bottom Line
that examines the impact of current topics like international trade, decreasing
unemployment rates, and changes in the housing market. This quarter, we’re
focusing on how Florida can build for the future. Not only do our in-house
economists analyze the issue, but we also gather the experts in the field, who
evaluate the issue in their own words and from their unique perspectives.
In this edition, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association President Bob
Burleson outlines where we are now and where we’ll need to be with our
transportation systems, and Florida Ports Council President Doug Wheeler who
explains how Florida’s ports can bolster the transfer of goods across our
Space Florida President Frank DiBello illuminates the future of Florida’s
space frontier, and Federal Reserve Bank Vice President Chris Oakley reminds us
that we would be remiss to forget evolving financial systems in our plans for
the future. On the topic of financial systems, Florida PALM Project Director
Melissa Turner lays out how the State of Florida is working to build a new
accounting system that can better meet the payment needs of our
Former Speaker of the Florida House Steve Crisafulli describes that we must
look no further than our fellow states to see how a lack of fresh water can stop
economic growth in its tracks, and the Vice Chair of the Florida Council on
Public Private Partnerships Randall Reid explains how the private market can—and
already does—work in partnership with local, state, and the federal government
to achieve these shared goals in a cost effective manner.
As can you see, growth is good but it must come with great thought. I invite
you to read this latest edition to better understand the impact that
infrastructure has—and will continue to have—on Florida’s economy. I’m proud of
what our state has done to foster this vital framework, and how we are working
to prepare for a bigger, better, brighter tomorrow.
Haga clic aquí to read the latest (and past) editions.
Oficial Principal de Finanzas
Estado de la Florida