The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce has announced it will be partnering with the Florida Chamber Foundation on their Florida Prosperity Initiative. Florida currently has close to 900,000 children living in poverty which is more than 20 percent of all of Florida’s under-18 population. The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cause that number to rise dramatically. Many in our workforce rely on Florida’s tourism, service, and hospitality industries for survival. As those industries effectively closed for months and are just now beginning to reopen slowly, many Lakeland area residents are left with few immediate options and face an uncertain future as to when and if their jobs will come back.
“With several of our Lakeland area zip codes designated as ‘economically distressed’ and many residents under the age of 18 currently living in poverty, the Chamber has made it a priority to address the many root causes of poverty such as education, housing, and access to employment. As together we begin the safe and smart relaunch of our economy, there is no better time to facilitate discussions with our friends at the Florida Chamber Foundation and local stakeholders as to how to implement findings of the Prosperity Initiative to best serve all our residents,” said Lakeland Chamber President & CEO, Cory Skeates.
The work of this Florida Chamber Foundation initiative further supports the Lakeland Chamber’s mission to serve as the catalyst for business success, convener of leaders and influencers, and champion for our thriving community.
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents nearly 1,300 investor businesses in the Greater Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development, and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements:
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of economic growth and quality of life.
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce serves as the Catalyst for business success, Convener of leaders and influencers, and Champion for our thriving community.