Florida May Launch the “EDEN America” Proposed Projects

by Bobby Reyes

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Part XLVI of the “EDEN America” Series

Yes, Florida may be able to launch many of the “EDEN America” proposed projects provided their feasibility studies can be ventilated as viable projects by a Floridian aspirant of Filipino descent for the State Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Of course, he must first win the Democratic primary on August 23, 2022. Then the general election this November election — before the Floridians and their leaders can decide if they want to do it. And do it all — with the cooperation and support of the private sector and other American states.

If readers forgot what the “EDEN America” is all about, it stands for “Economic-Development Evolution for North America.” This columnist has been discussing the “EDEN America” ideas with a Democratic-primary aspirant, Ty Javellana, of Filipino descent.

Mr. Javellana is the first Filipino- and Asian-American aspirant for the CFO state-wide position. He may be the man to beat in the CFO contest, as he is the sole aspirant (among all Democrats and Republicans). He has an outstanding track record as a public accountant, tax expert, investment consultant, and auditor. Part of his education was at the Florida International University, where he became the president and Board member (from 1998-to-2008) of the FIU’s Alumni Association. For decades, he has also been active in the Greater Miami’s Chamber of Commerce, Asian-American (and mainstream) business organizations, and the Democratic Party of Florida. To learn more about the academic and professional backgrounds of Mr. Javellana, readers may visit his Facebook Timeline.

This columnist met online with Mr. Javellana, as we are members of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida (PACC-CF). We have been exchanging viewpoints about socioeconomic empowerment as an ideal visionary target for people interested in becoming public servants. Incidentally, the founder and prime mover of the PACC-CF is Numeriano Bouffard, who is also the president of the Federation of Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) Foundation. Both the PACC-CF and the FPACC Foundation are based in Orlando, FL. Mr. Bouffard also invited this columnist to be one of the founders of the Pueblo Filipino, a retirement-and-cultural center situated in Manzanillo City, Colima Province, Mexico. And also to head its Public Affairs Division. Readers may visit and join its Facebook site to learn more about the PACC-CF.

This column has described some of the projects in Mexico that Mr. Bouffard, his Mexican partners, and Filipino-American associates want to do in Colima and Jalisco Provinces. Readers may type in “Pueblo Filipino” in the Search Box of this Philippine Daily Mirror website to read the articles.

The PACC-CF counts among its members Ms. Marie Cunning of Arizona, the incumbent president of the FPACC. Some other FPACC leaders have joined the Orlando-based chamber of commerce, like retired Xerox executive Noel S. V. Omega, a former president of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of San Fernando Valley (CA). And Engr. Efren Abratique established in the Philippines a branch of his Los Angeles-based engineering firm that elevates towns and urban areas into “smart cities.”

“As the ancient Asian proverb says, “A voyage of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Well, the prime movers of the FPACC and its different chapters — from “sea to shining sea — have done so-many baby steps (and actual projects, too) in promoting the economic development of the United States.”

The PACC-CF and interested FPACC chapters can help improve the concepts of doing economic-development projects in Florida and North America. They can help produce pre-feasibility studies that can be the basis of full-blown feasibility studies and environmental impact reports, as may be aided by the state government of Florida. And Ty Javellana, if elected the CFO, can help persuade the other state leaders to consider the formation of “Public-Private Partnerships” that can do the projects.

A CFO, Javellana, can also rally the business communities of the Great State of Florida and its universities, colleges, and other training centers. Once Florida spearheads the proposed consortium, then other public-and-private entities in the other 49 states and U.S. territories can easily be approached by the Floridian state officials to consider joining the EDEN America initiative.

When that happens, as this column has suggested, perhaps socioeconomic development can be driven by “WE, the People” cooperatives. Then businesses can be run as ideal exercises of “Cooperative Capitalism.”

This column suggests that those interested in pushing the ideas in this series should start reading it and select — among the projects discussed in 46 parts (and counting) the projects they want to spearhead or champion.

As the ancient Asian proverb says, “A voyage of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Well, the prime movers of the FPACC and its different chapters — from “sea to shining sea — have done so-many baby steps (and actual projects, too) in promoting the economic development of the United States. Some FPACC leaders like Mr. Bouffard et al. have branched out to Mexico with the Pueblo Filipino project. The Abratique engineers are doing smart-city projects in the Philippines.

By next Wednesday, we will discuss some of the suggested short-term viable projects that they can launch in Florida. And perhaps unleash a cooperative type of a new “Socioeconomic Evolution” the world has yet to experience.

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