For Immediate Release
November 30, 2020
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), Florida Retail Federation (FRF), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA)’s RESET Task Force today released its final report, which highlights executive and legislative policy recommendations aimed at helping the state’s economy rebound from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and any similar future economic slowdowns.
“This report is the culmination of a dedicated group effort to closely examine the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on businesses and industries in our state, thoughtfully discuss the difficulties they have experienced, and carefully craft sensible solutions to the issues impacting Florida’s employers,” said Dr. Ed Moore, executive director of the RESET Task Force.
The RESET Task Force’s final report is available here.
“I would like to thank the members of the RESET Task Force for the significant amount of time they committed to this effort over the last six months and the valuable ideas they each brought to the table,” said Brewster Bevis, AIF’s senior vice president of state and federal affairs and co-chair of the RESET Task Force. “Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida is open for business and the economy is beginning to recover. It is our hope that this RESET report will serve as a source of ideas to assist in furthering that recovery and preparing our state for the future.”
“Florida businesses – both large and small, across our state’s top industries – have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. They need our support, now more than ever, to keep their doors open, get Floridians back to work and put our economy back on track,” said Bill Herrle, executive director of NFIB and co-chair of the RESET Task Force. “This report highlights important lessons learned and actions that can be taken to support Florida’s business community during this critical time, as well as in the future.”
The RESET Task Force established ten working groups to focus efforts and identify recommendations by subject area. The working groups included Agriculture, Healthcare, Hospitality/Tourism, Large Employer/Workforce, Small Employers, Legal Liability/Legal Reform, Manufacturing/Supply Chain, Retail, Taxation, and Transportation and Infrastructure. The findings and recommendations of each working group are included in the RESET Task Force’s final report. Several key recommendations were identified by multiple working groups and include:
“The RESET Task Force brought together some of the brightest minds from Florida’s top industries to share first-hand experiences and spark important discussions,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of FRF and co-chair of the RESET Task Force. “The result is a comprehensive assessment of the needs of Florida’s business community and a blueprint for tackling top issues and strengthening Florida’s economy.”
“The coronavirus pandemic has been a crisis like we have never seen before. Florida’s businesses, particularly in the tourism and hospitality industry, have been significantly impacted,” said Carol Dover, president and CEO of FRLA and co-chair of the RESET Task Force. “This report identifies important potential changes to state laws and regulations that can make a real difference and improve outcomes for Florida’s business community.”
The RESET Task Force was formed in April to focus on providing industry-specific policy recommendations to the Florida Legislature and bringing forth initiatives that will seek to help all of Florida’s economy rebound from the effects of COVID-19 and future economic slowdowns. The task force is comprised of more than 60 organizations, more than 30 large and small employers, including most of the largest employers in Florida, and more than 130 direct participants. An alphabetical list of participants is included below.
RESET Employer Advisory Group Members
Dr. Ed Moore, former President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, serves as the task force’s executive director and Craig Fugate, former FEMA Administrator, serves as a senior advisor.
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Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state. For more information on AIF, please visit AIF.com and follow @VoiceofFLBiz.
The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. For more information on FRF, please visit FRF.org.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses, and remains so today. For more information on NFIB, please visit NFIB.com.
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association, representing more than 10,000 members including independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, household name franchises, theme parks, and suppliers. The association’s mission is to protect, educate and promote Florida’s $111.7 billion hospitality industry, which represents 1.5 million employees. For more information on FRLA, please visit FRLA.org and follow @FRLAnews.