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Kirk Wendland Selected to Join Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars Caucus System

The Florida Chamber Foundation announced that Kirk Wendland has been selected to serve on their Six Pillars Caucus System. Wendland will join other leaders from across the state on the Innovation & Economic Development Caucus to help craft the first-ever, state-wide strategic plan.

The Six Pillars Caucus System is a qualitative research program aimed to engage the best and brightest minds in the state to develop a plan for Florida’s future economy that includes high-wage jobs, global competitiveness and vibrant communities by the year 2030. The program launched last year and current members have already begun to construct the foundation for the plan. In this second year, Caucus members’ deliberations will become more focused in order to finalize the first draft.

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

Wendland was named President of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce in September 2010.  Before joining the Chamber, he spent five years in real estate development with the LandMar Group.  Prior to that he was the Executive Director for the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, serving under both Mayor Delaney and Mayor Peyton. “This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of shaping Florida’s future as it relates to Economic Development”, Wendland said. “I’m honored to be selected and I hope to be able to contribute to this very timely and meaningful initiative.”

New Caucus members were selected through a very competitive process. With the development of the strategic plan becoming more focused in 2011, Wendland and other volunteers were selected with specific proficiencies that compliment the collective expertise of the current members. To view a complete list of Six Pillars Caucus members, visit

“The Foundation looks forward to working along-side these thought leaders to refine goals, strategies and tactics that will lead to the state’s first-ever strategic plan for prosperity,” said Dr. Dale A. Brill, President of the Florida Chamber Foundation.

Others interested in getting involved in the discussion are encouraged to join the Six Pillars Collaborative Website. This site is designed to foster discussions surrounding the Six Pillars and will help formulate the recommendations for the strategic plan. The online community is a way to engage in discussions through sharing, evaluating and critiquing of ideas and issues. Those interested should email for an invitation to the site.


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