MakeMore Manufacturing Summit to Showcase One of Florida’s Strongest Sectors
Florida’s economic powerhouses join forces to host four (4) virtual segments
ORLANDO, FL – The Associated Industries of Florida, CareerSource Florida, Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and FloridaMakes announce the dates for the 2021 MakeMore Manufacturing Summit kicking off virtually on April 27. Launched in 2018, the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit is a statewide initiative providing a platform to exchange ideas about how our state’s resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in the manufacturing sector.
“Florida’s manufacturing sector quickly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by pivoting to make everything from PPE to ventilators to hand sanitizers,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes. “The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit 2021 is the catalyst to plan for the future by fostering a dialogue about how best to leverage our ecosystem resources, shore up our state’s supply chains, identify emerging growth, develop our workforce, and ultimately grow Florida’s manufacturing economy.”
The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit features in-depth discussions that strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging the state’s resources to accelerate the manufacturing sector’s productivity and technological performance.
Flexible Schedule Engages the Ecosystem and Accommodates Diverse and Busy Schedules
The Summit includes four (4) virtual segments to allow for more engagement among the manufacturing sector and to accommodate diverse schedules. Segments will take place every two months as follows:
- Business Growth – April 27-28
- Talent Development – June 22-23
- Technology - Aug. 24-25
- Outlook 2022 – week of Oct. 25
“Florida’s 20,000-plus manufacturers are critical and essential to the state’s business infrastructure and Associated Industries of Florida is thrilled to be a part of the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit,” said Tom Feeney, AIF President and CEO. “Building on shared initiatives like CONNEX Florida, AIF is helping grow and support Florida’s dynamic manufacturing sector.”
"As Florida begins to restart and reimagine a post-pandemic economy, ensuring integrated talent support is key to prosperity for both the worker and employer,” said Michelle Dennard, President and CEO of CareerSource Florida. “The 2021 MakeMore Summit brings together Florida’s industry, economic development and workforce development leaders to strengthen our state’s position as a leading manufacturing competitor.”
“Florida ranks at the top of the list as a job creation destination and is a leading state for manufacturing,” said Holly Borgmann, Vice-Chair of the Enterprise Florida, Inc. Board of Directors. “As more companies increasingly relocate to Florida, the discussions at the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit will highlight why Florida is the best place to do business.”
“As part of the Florida 2030 Blueprint, the Florida Chamber has a goal to be one of the top 5 states for manufacturing jobs by 2030. Florida currently ranks 12th with 393,956 manufacturing jobs,” said Mark Wilson, President & CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The 2021 MakeMore Manufacturing Summit is essential to strengthening the manufacturing sector for Florida’s current and future economic growth and helping meet our 2030 goals.”
Speakers and presenters from across Florida and the country will be featured. For complete event agenda, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, visit FloridaMakeMore.com.