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Mayors Mean Business Summit

3rd Annual Mayors Mean Business Summit - April 19, 2013 • World Center Marriott Hotel in Orlando, Florida • Orlando
The Third Annual Mayors Mean Business Summit was successfully held April 18-19 in Orlando.  Over eighty Mayors and business leaders from across the state gathered together for a detailed discussion about Florida’s economic climate and opportunities available.

 There were four dynamic workshops including a lunch presentation by Dr. Antonio Villamil of the Washington Economics Group.  Presenters throughout the day included:

• Mr. Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity;
• Mr. Juan Flores, Administrator, Florida Department of Transportation Office of Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations;
• Mr. Wayne Stubbs, Executive Director, the Panama City Port Authority;
• Mr. Jose Gonzalez, Vice President of East Coast Industries;
• Mr. Don McEachern, President and CEO, North Star; and
• Ms. Melissa Medley, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

“The Summit provided all participants an opportunity to learn about our business climate and how we are moving forward together,” stated Gow Fields, Mayor of Lakeland, and President of the Florida League of Mayors.  “It is great to see Mayors and business leaders working together for the benefit of our communities.”

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Anderson at (850) 222-9684 or

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – WORKSHOP I - Investing In Florida’s Future: Florida’s Economic Development Plans and the Role of Mayors and Cities

   JESSE PANUCCIO,  Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – WORKSHOP II - Bringing New Growth Into Your City: The Future of Florida’s Rail, Roads and Ports  

   JUAN FLORES, Administrator, Office of Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations, Florida Department of Transportation: 
power point presentation:  /Assets/Files/JuanFlorespresenatation.pptx

   WAYNE STUBBS, Executive Director, Panama City Port Authority
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   JOSE GONZALEZ, Vice President, Florida East Coast Industries
power point presentation: 

2:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – LUNCHEON
   DR. J. ANTONIO VILLAMIL, Principal, The Washington Economics Group
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1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. – WORKSHOP III - Florida: The Perfect Climate for Business
DON MCEACHERN, President and CEO, North Star and MELISSA MEDLEY, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
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Mayors Mean Business Summit: February 23, 2012, in Tallahassee

conomic development and job creation were at the top of the list of priorities at the Mayors Mean Business Summit, held by the Florida League of Mayors on February 23, 2012, in Tallahassee.

Mayors Mean Business is a collaborative effort between mayors and business leaders from their communities to promote the importance of business growth and investment at the local level.

FLM members were asked to invite a key business leader or partner from their area to visit the Capital city. The goal is to connect mayors, business leaders and state leadership to develop a stronger partnership to foster economic growth in our cities and the state.

More than 60 mayors attended the one day event. The summit featured an opening session, advocacy visits to the Capitol and a Mayors Mean Business luncheon. During the luncheon, attendees heard addresses from Gov. Rick Scott; Dr. Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness; and Melissa Medley, chief marketing and communications officer,  at Enterprise Florida.

Scott spoke about Florida’s “pro-business” and “pro-jobs” stance. “I think we’re changing. There are still issues with the national economy as we know, but this state is heading the right direction,” he said.

Snaith focused on how Florida is rebuilding and gaining ground. “You can’t control the sovereign debt crisis,” Snaith said. “But, we came out of the recession in 2010 and have gradually improved. That is likely to continue in 2012, 2013 and 2014.”

 FLM President Lori Moseley, mayor of Miramar, said the event was a success in many ways. “We not only were able to broaden our horizons as mayors, but this gave business leaders a chance to network with other business leaders from around the state,” Moseley said. “This may improve our business relations in other cities and provide some inspiration. One of the best messages we delivered is how truly close mayors are with their business partners because we have a common goal – the livelihood of our communities.”

FLM President Elect Gow Fields, mayor of Lakeland, appreciated the opportunity to meet with fellow mayors and business partners. “I found it to be very productive two days,” Gow said. “I enjoyed getting updates about what was going on in the Legislature, and particularly hearing from the different industry representatives while getting economic development ideas to take back to my city.”

For more information about the Florida League of Mayors, visit or contact John Thomas ( or Jenny Anderson ( at (850) 222-9684.
 Governor Rick Scott and Mayor Manny Marono, City of Sweetwater
 Dr. Sean Snaith, Director, UCF’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness
 Melissa Medley, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Enterprise Florida
   Carol Westmoreland, Executive Director of the Florida Redevelopment Association
Join us for the Mayors Mean Business Summit in Tallahassee, Florida  - February 22 - 23, 2012
We are pleased to announce this year’s Mayors Mean Business Summit, which is an effort that will highlight the important role cities have in economic development and jobs creation.  We are asking each mayor to invite a key business leader (or leaders) from your area to join you in Tallahassee to meet with members of your legislative delegation. The idea is to partner with our key business leaders to deliver our collective message of how business growth and investment starts at the local level, and to tell the legislators what we need from them to make that happen.  Our state leaders, involving the Governor, Speaker of the House and Senate President have been invited to speak along with the President and CEO of Enterprise Florida.

Attached you will find a brochure with more information and how you can get involved. Please do so today!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John Charles Thomas,, or Jenny Anderson, or call (850) 222-9684.

Happy New Year,
Lori C. Moseley
Mayor, City of Miramar
President, Florida League of Mayors
 Mayors Mean Business Summit Registration Form and Information Brochure

Mayors Mean Business Summit in Lakeland, Florida

As part of our continued partnership, the Florida League of Mayors and Florida Business Watch held a Mayors Mean Business event in Lakeland this Monday. Several elected officials from the region came to Lakeland to learn more about this public/private partnership and discuss other efficiencies in government that save dollars and create private sector jobs.
Lakeland showcased a successful public private partnership they have created with NAPA Auto Parts which saved the City money while improving efficiency and service delivery.
This was a perfect example of how Mayors and City governments create successful economic development in their communities and are meeting challenges for their citizens.
State Representative Richard Glorioso joined our Mayors from along the I-4 corridor and Mayor Lori Moseley, Mayor of Miramar and president of the Florida League of Mayors.
You can view a story that aired on Tampa's NBC affiliate Monday night: Mayors from around the state look to City of Lakeland
The Florida League of Mayors is proud of our partnership with Florida Business Watch and we look forward to more events like this in the future.
If you would like more information about how Lakeland was successful you can contact: Gary McLean, City of Lakeland Fleet Manager 863-834-8818 or Josh Peters, NAPA/Integrated Business Solutions 770-818-4696.
 Mayor Lori Mosesly, City of Miramar; President of the Florida League of Mayor

 Mayor Gow Fields, City of Lakeland; President Elect Florida League of Mayors

Mayors Mean Business Summit: April 14th, 2011
 Florida League of Mayors President Mayor Bill Brooks and Governor Rick Scott
Yesterday mayors from around the state came to Tallahassee to deliver a united message to the Legislature… “Mayors Mean Business”.
The Mayors Mean Business Summit provided an opportunity for mayors to come to Tallahassee and bring with them a key business leader to talk about the important role cities have in creating jobs and growing the economy.
The mayors and business leaders met with legislators, and heard from an array of speakers on this important subject.
The activities were kicked off with a networking reception. Mayors from large, medium and small cities interacted with business leaders and learned about the current state of affairs in cities and in private enterprise.
Mayors and business leaders spent the morning at the capitol meeting with legislators and talking about how government and the private sector are working together to help businesses prosper and build quality communities.
At lunch those in attendance heard from Florida Senate President, Mike Haridopolos who provided an update on the legislative session. Dr. Tony Villamil, a noted economist offered an outstanding presentation on the current economic condition of Florida, and talked about the need for cities to take the lead in strengthening our economy and creating new jobs.
Gray Swoope, the newly appointed President /CEO of Enterprise Florida talked about the necessary ingredients for successful economic development in our state and how cities can be at the forefront of this effort. They also heard from Barney Bishop, President/ CEO of Associated Industries of Florida who spoke about Florida’s new effort for economic growth and the partnerships needed to move the state forward.
The day was topped off with a visit to the Florida League of Cities headquarters by Florida Governor, Rick Scott who asked mayors and the business leaders to assist him as he leads the state by offering their thoughts and suggestions.
Thank you to all the mayors and business representatives that attended the Mayors Means Business Summit. Mayors brought a diverse make up of business from many of Florida’s largest employees to entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of Florida. Special thanks to Mayor Manny Marono, Mayor of the City of Sweetwater who was instrumental in making arrangements for the Governor to be with us.
  Senate President Mike Haridopolos
  Dr, Tony Villamil, Prinicipal Advisor, The Washington Economics Group (WEG)
  Gray Swoope, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida Inc.
  Barney Bishop, President & CEO, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF)
  Governor Scott taking a question from Mayor Seevers, City of Destin


List of attendes for the Mayors Mean Business Summit for April 14, 2011
Mayors and other local officials
Florida League of Mayors President Bill Brooks; Mayor, City of Belle Isle
Bob Apgar, Mayor, City of Deland
David Archie,Mayor, City of Tarpon Springs
Linda Bartz,Vice Mayor, City of Port St. Lucie
Steven Bateman,Mayor, City of Homestead
Darell Bowen, Mayor, Village of Wellington
Gary Bruhn, Mayor, Town of Windermere
Frank Bruno, County Chair, Volusia County
Tim Caddell, Government Relations, City of Pinellas Park
Joann Faiella, Mayor, City of Port St. Lucie
BIll Conrad, Mayor, City of Newberry
Gow Fields, Mayor, City of Lakeland
Helen Franks, Mayor, City of Gretna
Lomax Harrelle, City Manger, City of Belle Glade
Mary Lou Hildreth, Mayor, City of Keystone Heights
Kelly Kirchner, Mayor, City of Sarasota
David Levy, Mayor, City of Palm Beach Gardens
John Maingot, Mayor, City of Longwood
John Marks, Mayor, City of Tallahassee
Manny Maroño, Mayor, City of Sweetwater
Michael Martin, Commissioner, City of Belle Glade
Carol McCormack, Mayor, Town of Palm Shores
Mary Frank Ogborn, Mayor, City of Archer
Frank Ortis, Mayor, City of Pembroke Pines
Kathleen Peters, Mayor, City of South Pasadena
Kurvin Qualls, Mayor, Town of Jay
Roxanna Ross, Mayor, Village of Biscayne Park
Howard Schieferdecker, Mayor, City of Maitland
Sam Seevers, Mayor, City of Destin
Colleen Skipper, Mayor, City of Sopchoppy
Buddy Snowden, Mayor, City of Lake Helen
Harley Strickland, Mayor, City of Orange City
Horace West, Mayor, City of Haines City
Charles Willis, Mayor, City of Midway
Steve Wilson, Mayor, City of Belle Glade
Business Leaders
Karen Allain, Vice President/Director of Government Relations, Alternative Energy Technologies
Brad Avery, Government Affairs, Wastepro
Sylvia Blackmon Roberts,President & CEO, Blackmon Roberts Group
Laura Boehmer,PAETEC, Florida
Missy Casscells-Hamby,Owner, Innovations Springs
Grant Castilow,Board Member, DwellGreen
Helen Cauthen, President & CEO, Team Volusia Economic Development Corp.
Elizabeth Clary, Owner, Clary's Bail Bond
Bob Clifford,President & CEO, Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
Priscilla Dames,President & CEO, Wingspan Seminars
Gregg Eaton, Siemens Industry, Energy & Environmental Solution
Steve Ellis, Board Member, DwellGreen, LLC
Tracy Faison, Regional Administrator, BSN, RN, Pediatric Health Choice
Ramon Ferrer, Area Manager, Florida Power & Light
Brian Flynn, President/CEO, IASIS Healthcare Corporation
Edward Fontanin, Wade Trim, VP Florida
Nicole Guemmer, Regional Director, PAETEC
Fletcher Hope, Manager, Maddox Foundry & Machine Works
Gary Kreisler, Siemens Industry, Energy & Environmental Solution
Tim Kuck, Owner, Regal Marine Industries
Damien Lamendola, President & CEO, WellDyneRx
Kyle Mastronardo, President, Nardo's Natural, Inc
Michael Mitchell, Director of Government Relations, Publix
Shane Moody, President & CEO, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce
Eric Olson, Chief Operating Officer, Wellington Regional Hospital
Larry Pelton, President, Economic Development Council of SLC
Phillip Plastic,CEO, Global Energy Services
Phil Procacci, CEO, Procacci Development Corp.
Bill Randolph, Business Development Director, JCR Consulting
Beth Rawlins, President, Florida Business Watch Hector Samario, Director, USGBC South FL Chapter, Siemens Industry, Inc.
John Wanamaker, Broker, Coldwell Banker Commercial
Upcoming Mayors Mean Business Summit
We are pleased to tell you about a new initiative called Mayors Mean Business, which is an effort that will highlight the important role cities have in economic development and jobs creation in our state. We are asking each mayor to invite a key business leader (or leaders) from your area to join you in Tallahassee to meet with members of your legislative delegation. The idea is to partner with our key business leaders to deliver our collective message of how business growth and investment starts at the local level, and to tell the legislators what we need from them to make that happen. We also have planned a networking reception, breakfast and lunch where the state’s top leaders will be invited. These events will take place April 13 & 14, 2011. Attached you will find a brochure with more information and how you can get involved. Please do so today! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John Charles Thomas,, or Jenny Anderson, or call (850) 222-9684.
Invitation from President Books to Mayors Mean Business