Polk Goes Global IV: International Trade Symposium
Former Caterpillar executive and current Executive Director at Trade for America
, Bill Lane, and Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach at the Florida Chamber of Commerce
, will be featured keynote speakers at the fourth annual Central Florida international trade event. In collaboration with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Central Florida Development Council presents a half-day symposium to discuss tariffs and their impact on global trade and local businesses at Polk Goes Global IV: International Trade Symposium. The event will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.
In addition to Mr. Lane and Ms. Ancona, several other speakers will participate in discussions on tariffs and their impact, including two different panels. A panel of Consuls General will discuss effects on international partnerships. Consul General of Canada in Miami Susan Harper, Consul General of Mexico in Orlando Juan Sabines, and Consul General and Trade Commissioner of Spain in Miami Inmaculada Gutièrrez will explore tariffs from an international viewpoint and share export experiences. The discussion will be moderated by Javier Marin, Director of Business Development and Global Trade, at Central Florida Development Council. A second, more local panel will explore the effects of tariffs on domestic companies and consumers. Panelists on the second panel include Alice Ancona, Director, International Strategy & Policy, International Trade and Investment Office, at the Florida Chamber; Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade for America; and Inke Sexton, FTZ/TTB Process Manager, Givaudan Flavors Corporation. Torrey Chambliss, Manager of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #79, at Tampa Port will moderate the discussion.
CENTRAL FLORIDA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
The Central Florida Development Council is Polk County's economic development partnership responsible for recruiting new businesses to Polk County and helping existing businesses expand.
The Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA) aspires to be the prime catalyst for the growth of international trade in Central Florida and to make global initiatives an intrinsic part of Polk County's broader regional economic development strategy.
GREATER WINTER HAVEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization focused on improving and preserving Winter Haven's business climate and quality of life. Our Vision is advance commerce and community. Our mission is serving, representing and enhancing business growth. We have a long history of doing this in Winter Haven, from our founding in 1910 as a Board of Trade and then later our incorporation as a Chamber of Commerce in 1923. The Chamber of Commerce serves as the hub for all information relating to Winter Haven - both for business and community. If we don't have the answer, we will strive to connect you with the right people to help you grow your business or expand your network. We have more than 750 businesses with nearly 2,000 designated representatives that represent our member investors. The Chamber is administered by a Board of Directors who set policy and strategic goals.
LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement - The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland's economic growth and enhancement of quality of life - creating Florida's community of choice. Mission Statement - The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.