Shoppers’ Critique COO Appointed to Florida Chamber Foundation’s Economic Development Caucus

Congratulations Rich Bradley

(Longwood, FL July 19, 2010) The Florida Chamber Foundation named Shoppers’ Critique International COO Rich Bradley to its expanded research and policy development Caucus system designed to garner the input of local and regional subject matter experts.

“Florida is moving toward its next economy, and the Foundation’s new Caucus system will prove to be an invaluable framework to help get us there,” said Jeff Lyash, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Progress Energy Florida. “I would like to personally thank the volunteers who have been selected to serve on each Caucus for their time commitment and offering their invaluable expertise towards this great cause.”

Caucus members are comprised of the state’s “best and brightest” with commitments aligned to one of the “Six Pillars of Florida’s Future Economy.” Mr. Bradley’s appointment is to the Foundation’s Innovation and Economic Development Caucus, the original caucus created by the Foundation to help envision and direct Florida’s future.

Bradley, who joined Shoppers’ Critique in March 2010, was selected in part due to his varied experiences in the entertainment, broadcasting, healthcare, education and development industries, as well as his significant history of board leadership over nearly 20 years throughout the State of Florida.

“Developing sound plans to ensure the security of Florida’s continued stability, growth and prosperity, is so critically important to me and my family,” explained Bradley. “We’ve enjoyed a great quality of life in this state, and a pro-active approach to nurturing and expanding our economy is vital to making sure that we can continue to enjoy a promising future with our children and beyond. I am grateful and honored to be chosen to participate in the architecture of that future.”

“Each Caucus will provide strategic recommendations, corresponding policy options and white papers on opportunities facing the Sunshine State,” said Dr. Dale A. Brill, President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “These options and recommendations will be shared with the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other partners for further deliberation potentially leading to selection of those policies that become priorities for Florida’s economic agenda.”

As the leading edge of the Florida Chamber enterprise, the Foundation is a problem-solver and research organization, working in partnership with state business leaders to promote a vibrant Florida economy. Last year, the Foundation piloted the Caucus system with the successful operation of the Innovation & Economic Development Caucus. The platform is now being broadened to include a Caucus for each of the Six Pillars.

The product of years of collaboration and more than a million dollars in research by the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Six Pillars identify the critical factors determining Florida’s future: (1) Talent Supply & Education, (2) Innovation & Economic Development, (3) Infrastructure & Growth Leadership, (4) Business Climate & Competitiveness, (5) Civic & Governance Systems and (6) Quality of Life & Quality Places.