Progress Comes When We’re Selfless and Relentless: Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce


March 4, 2019

New Enterprise Florida chief Jamal Sowell (center) with Watson Haynes, CEO of Pinellas County Urban League (right)

– By Roger Clendening

Jamal Sowell, a longtime member of the Pinellas County Urban League (PCUL), and Florida’s new Secretary of Commerce, last week challenged Tampa Bay residents to stay “selfless” and “relentless” to maintain economic and social progress in their communities.

His challenge was issued to the nearly 300 persons attending the PCUL’s Sixth annual Whitney M. Young Empowerment Luncheon at Banquetmasters on Friday, February 19, among them U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, Pinellas School Board Chair Rene Robinson-Flowers, and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.

Sowell is the Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Florida, the organization he leads in “preparing Florida for the tomorrows that are coming…by expanding and diversifying” the state’s economy.

At the national level, Whitney young, then CEO of the National Urban League, worked on a similar plane, Sowell recalled.

“We remember Whitney Young because he made an impact” through his devotion to the League’s work on economic and social progress, his part in the Civil Rights struggle, and the mark he left on the improved quality of life for African-Americans, Sowell said.

“He spoke truth to power and could walk into the Oval Office knowing thousands of Brothers and Sisters had his back,” Sowell remembered. Visit to read the full article. 

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