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Florida's Future: Insights into Florida's Economy with Dr. Jerry Parrish

  • September 22, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Webinar


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Florida's Future:  Insights into Florida's Economy
with Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Dr. Parrish will be presenting information on Florida's economy and sharing insights important to counselors, educators, business leaders, and job seekers.  Dr. Parrish is a highly regarded expert in his field and an engaging presenter.  Here is a link and excerpts from a recent article  "We should invest in our people" written for Evolve magazine discussing the need for skills, creating entrepreneurs, breaking the cycle of generational poverty and more in order to remain economically sustainable.


According to our recent Less Poverty, Through More Prosperity report, Florida is home to nearly 870,000 kids under age 18 who live in poverty.  Nearly 1 in 5 Florida high school students will not graduate from high school this year. 

"If you could only give me two data points to predict the future of any county in Florida, I would pick the high school graduation rate and the under-18 poverty rate. The reason I chose those two data points is that improvements in these two numbers will predict improvements in many other numbers including, but not limited to, education levels, poverty levels, disability numbers and future workforce readiness."    

The Florida Chamber Foundation has dedicated the past two years to research known as Florida 2030. This project, led by Florida’s business community, is a once-in-a-decade strategic plan for Florida that goes beyond our state’s immediate needs and instead asks, what does Florida need to do between now and 2030 to remain competitive, to continue to grow and succeed, and to protect our state’s unique quality of life?  

Please note, no continuing education hours are offered.

erry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation

Dr. Parrish previously was the Chief Economist and Director of the Center for Competitive Florida at Florida TaxWatch. Prior to that position, he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University and has many years of experience in the private sector in management roles at international manufacturing companies.  

Dr. Parrish is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University.  He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes research reports and articles on the Florida economy and Florida’s competitiveness.  

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