State of Construction

ABC Central Florida

This first annual State of Construction event is an opportunity to educate our elected officials about the shortage/lack of skilled tradespeople in the construction industry and the impact that this will have on the economy.


Guest Speaker

Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D.

Chief Economist and Director of State and Local Policy Analysis at the Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University

Dr. Parrish is a Faculty Adjunct in the Masters of Applied Economics Program at Florida State University and serves as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Haas Center at the University of West Florida.  He also serves as the economist for Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and is an economic consultant for The Able Trust. 

He previously was the Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation.  During that seven-year period, he was responsible for conducting in-depth analyses on the Florida economy and on solutions to help secure Florida’s future.

Previous to that position, Dr. Parrish was the Chief Economist and Director of the Center for Competitive Florida at Florida TaxWatch.  Prior to that position, he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University.  He has many years of experience in the private sector in management roles at international manufacturing companies.

He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, and M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. 

Event Details:

October 26, 2022

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Maitland Civic Center

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