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Florida Chamber Foundation forms Econometrics Council

The Florida Chamber Foundation ( has established an Econometrics Council. Comprised of economic experts from across the state of Florida, the Council will discuss and make recommendations on pressing economic trends and issues facing the state of Florida.

The Council consists of economists and subject experts including Jennifer Chapman, Director of Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments; William Christiansen, Chairman, Department of Finance, Florida State University;  Charles “Skip” Cramer, Executive Director, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.; Rick Harper,  Director of the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development at the University of West Florida; William Seyfried, Professor of Economics, Rollins College; Sean Snaith, Director, Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida; Gary VanLandingham, Director, Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability; Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities.

“Florida is moving toward its next economy, and the Foundation’s new Econometrics Council will provide invaluable guidance to help get us there,” said Jane Adams, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and Vice President of University Relations at the University of Florida. “I would like to personally thank the volunteers who have been selected to serve on the Council for their time commitment and offering their invaluable expertise towards our future economy.”

The Council will hold its first meeting in early December in Tallahassee, to refine Florida’s newest county-by-county assessment tool, the Florida Scorecard. Version 3.0 will be unveiled in February during the Florida Chamber’s Capitol Days event.

“This Council will provide the Foundation the expertise needed to move Florida to its next economy,” said Dr. Dale Brill, president of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “We have never had such a group to solely focus on economic trends and issues facing our great state so we are very excited to see the recommendations they make.”

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