Podcasts and Summaries

The Economic Club of Florida podcast provides an extended platform for discussion to educate, engage, and empower citizens on important economic, political, and social issues. Major topics include the economy, business, investment, politics, public policy, government, education, entrepreneurship, healthcare, defense, space, and sports. New podcast episodes are published monthly.

The opinions expressed on The Economic Club of Florida podcast are those of its guest speakers and members and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Economic Club of Florida.

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“Cybersecurity: Hacks, Defenses and Foreign Interference” | Cybersecurity expert Jonathan Kilpatrick | September 30, 2020

“We don’t have a good figure on what data is stolen and what it is used for in order to compete directly against our own companies here in the United States.“ Military and corporate cybersecurity risk expert Jonathan Kilpatrick explains why the threat is growing and the practical ways we can prevent, detect, and defend…

“Rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base after Hurricane Michael Devastation” | Tyndall Air Force Base Engineer Brian Stahl | August 26, 2020

“There were 24-inch thick concrete walls that you could put your hand on and feel it vibrating.” Brian Stahl, Deputy Base Civil Engineer at Tyndall Air Force Base, discusses the massive multi-billion dollar rebuilding underway after living through the direct hit of a Category 5 Hurricane Michael, before an August 26, 2020 luncheon meeting of…

“The Path Forward for U.S. International Tourism” | U.S. Tourism Chief Christopher Thompson | August 5, 2020

“Us being able to show people that we’re on top of the health aspect of the pandemic, that we can deliver a safe and healthy experience, is really the biggest challenge we’re going to have.” President & CEO of Brand USA Chris Thompson addresses strategies to bring visitors back to Florida and the United States…

“Cybersecurity in Florida’s 2020 Elections” | Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee | June 23, 2020

“Election hacking is a constantly evolving and never ending threat…but clearly you can’t hack paper.” Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee discusses election security and efforts to keep Florida’s voting systems safe from computer hackers, before a June 23, 2020 luncheon meeting of The Economic Club of Florida.

“How the Jones Act, an Obscure Maritime Law, Undermines Trade, Destroys Ships, and Endangers Defense” | NTELX Found Rob Quartel | June 15, 2020

“Nationally all of us pay about four-cents more per gallon of gasoline because of the Jones Act, because of the restrictions it puts on food and oil around the U.S.” NTELX, Inc. founder Rob Quartel, a former U.S. Maritime Commissioner, discusses the state of the U.S maritime industry and the impact of the Jones Act…

“Immigration and the U.S. Labor Market” | Former Chief U.S. Labor Economist Harry Holzer | November 22, 2019

“A lot of American workers have been hurt by trends in the economy.  They tend to blame trade and immigration more than they should.” Former U.S. Department of Labor Chief Economist Dr. Harry Holzer discusses immigration and the U.S. labor market and the challenges ahead, before a November 22, 2019 luncheon meeting of The Economic…

“The U.S. Place in the World” | Former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez | October 31, 2019

“There are currents that have been present in American history over time, but not always the best ones…nativism, protectionism, and isolationism.” Florida’s former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez discusses the United States’ place in the world, especially as it relates to trade, before an October 31, 2019 luncheon meeting of The Economic Club of Florida.

“The Knight Foundation’s Quest to Save Local Journalism” | Knight Foundation’s Alberto Ibargüen | October 8, 2019

“We do not pretend we’re the mayor, we do not pretend we’re responsible for everything, and we also don’t pretend it’s our programs that matter.” Alberto Ibargüen, CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation discusses its recent $300 million commitment to local news coverage, before an October 8, 2019 luncheon meeting of…