Get some perspectives at Focus on 2018: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast. This annual signature event is presented by the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce. It features Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis and Visit Florida CEO Ken Lawson along with business experts who will share predictions and provide insight on significant global, national and regional issues destined to impact the Tampa Bay economy.
This year’s Focus panelists and their topics include:
State of the State Forecast
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Construction Industry Forecast
” src=”cid:image006.jpg@01D38E0F.19DE77A0″ alt=”image006.jpg” align=”left” hspace=”12″ v:shapes=”Picture_x0020_5″ class=”Apple-web-attachment Singleton”>• Steve Cona III, President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, leads the commercial construction trade association serving over 400 member companies on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The association’s mission is to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC serves. Known as the voice of commercial construction, ABC is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 members across the country.
Energy Industry Forecast
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Tourism Industry Forecast
” src=”cid:image010.jpg@01D38E0F.19DE77A0″ alt=”https://www.frla.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Lawson-headshot_edit.jpg” align=”left” hspace=”12″ v:shapes=”Picture_x0020_3″ class=”Apple-web-attachment Singleton”>• Ken Lawson, President and CEO of Visit Florida, is responsible for leading the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, which serves as Florida’s official source for travel planning to visitors across the globe. VISIT Florida has 136 full- and part-time positions in Florida and an international team of contracted staff covering Canada, China, India, Germany, Latin America and the United Kingdom. Mr. Lawson is a former federal prosecutor and Marine Corps captain, Assistant Secretary of Enforcement for the U.S. Department of Treasury, and Assistant Chief Counsel for Field Operations at the Transportation Security Administration. He was also was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal Division for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa.
Presenting sponsors of the program are Regions Bank, Duke Energy and Sheraton Sand Key Resort.
Cost to attend is $48 for open seating which includes breakfast or reserved tables of eight for $360. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office at 801 West Bay Drive, Suite 602 or online at www.CentralChamber.biz . For more information, call 727-584-2321.
The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1952, is the official voice of the Central Pinellas County business and professional community representing more than 500 companies