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Press Release for Wednesday, January 17, 2007

UNF Hosts 2007 Florida International Business Summit

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Anyone who wants to increase their understanding of the evolving aspects of global trade should attend the 2007 Florida International Business Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the University of North Florida’s University Center. Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton and Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UNF, are among those scheduled to speak.

With the theme of “Trade, Logistics and Transportation,” the summit’s purpose is to provide a forum for key players from Florida’s ports, economic development and transportation agencies, private industry and academia to discuss the impact of international trade and security issues on the state’s infrastructures. In addition, the summit will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about best markets for Florida and the resources available to them to do business internationally.

“Florida’s ability to take advantage of growth opportunities in international markets, as well as its ability to face the logistics infrastructural and other challenges posed by international trade, will contribute to the state’s economic development,” said Dr. Yemisi Bolumole, a UNF marketing and logistics professor. “This event also further emphasizes the strategic fit that exists between UNF’s recently named Transportation & Logistics and International Business flagship programs at the Coggin College of Business and the city of Jacksonville.”

In addition to Peyton and Soderberg, other speakers include John Adams, president of Enterprise Florida, Inc.; Antonio Villamil, Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Economics Group; and Mark Rosenberg, chancellor of the State University System of Florida. Topics will include Florida’s trade boom, regional market development, the evolving global economy and the contribution of higher education to international business.

The business summit is sponsored by AmSouth Bank, Enterprise Florida, Inc., the Grimes Companies, Jacksonville Port Authority, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, UNF and the University of Florida.

To register for the conference go to or contact Ana Portocarrero at or by phone at (352) 846-2769. Registration for the event costs $125 for individuals and $30 for any student with a valid ID.