Chamber News

Chamber takes stance on urban infill

From the Tallahassee Democrat The shortage of residential lots for redevelopment is prompting the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to push the city of Tallahassee and Leon County for more urban infill on surplus government property. Chamber Chairman and Tallahassee attorney Reggie Bouthillier sent a March 20 letter to City Manager Rick Fernandez and Leon County Administrator […]

CEO Series spotlights Flowers Foods president

From the Tallahassee Democrat Flowers Foods President and CEO Allen Shiver runs a $3.9 billion business that stocks grocery store shelves with bread, buns, snack cakes and tortillas from 49 fresh bakeries and warehouses nationwide. Anywhere from 140 to 160 loaves per minute are produced. “It’s not your corner bakery,” Shiver said. Its growth tells a success […]

Business leaders planning Nashville trip

From the Tallahassee Democrat In two months, a local delegation of business executives and government officials are headed to Nashville, Tennessee, to learn the city’s branding and economic development secrets. The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is planning the trip from May 15 through May 17. It’s been two years since the last recon trip to Boulder, […]

Chamber quarterly report shows private sector job growth

From the Tallahassee Democrat The private sector in the Tallahassee area added more than 3,000 jobs in 2016, while the public sector continued to hemorrhage jobs. A quarterly report from the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce said there was a 2.61 percent net job growth in the private sector a 1.9 percent jump in net job […]

Tallahassee Chamber supports city’s substation plan

From the Tallahassee Democrat Tallahassee business leaders are supporting the city’s proposed plan to boost power in targeted northeast areas that border Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. City officials say the facility, which includes a substation, is necessary to provide power to customers with critical needs, such as the hospital, in times of an outage. It’s also part […]

Member Alert: Telephone Scam Calling Businesses

We received a phone call on March 2, alerting us of a potential telephone scam. The caller indicates they are calling on behalf of “your local Chamber of Commerce”. The caller is asking businesses to provide personal and business related information and will hang up when questioned about their identity. If you or someone you know […]

Leadership Tallahassee Class 35 Application Now Available

The mission of Leadership Tallahassee (LT) is to cultivate a diverse network of emerging & experienced leaders committed to improving the community. This is accomplished through community leadership programs and experiences for adults and youth. On an annual basis, individuals are selected to be a part of Leadership Tallahassee, and we invite you to apply […]

Bouthillier: We are at critical economic development point

From the Tallahassee Democrat My View, by Reggie Bouthillier, Chairman, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors In recent months, there has been debate about the state of our local economy and the path forward. We are now at a critical point in our history, where decisions to be made in the upcoming months and […]

Local High Technology Firm, General Capacitor Provides Tour and Discussion with U.S. Representative Al Lawson (D-FL)

General Capacitor, LLC (GC) and its founder and Chief Scientist Dr. Jianping (Jim) Zheng led Representative Al Lawson on a tour of the Tallahassee facility and introduced him to some of the new research and products coming out of the local start-up company. Dr. Zheng, who is Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the […]

Florida’s economic forecast shows improvement

From the Tallahassee Democrat Florida’s overall economy has improved but has not fully recovered as the state continues to rely on tourism amid some lagging economic indicators. Amy Baker, who heads the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research, shared an economic overview with more than 200 business leaders who attended the annual economic forecast […]

Chamber begins “Grow TLH” business features

From the Tallahassee Democrat A new monthly feature called “GrowTLH” by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce will highlight catalytic projects that are sparking employment and economic development. On Thursday, Bannerman Crossings was the inaugural featured project. The $30-million shopping center is home to locally owned businesses such as New Leaf Market Co-Op, RedEye, Lucky & Charmed, […]

Tallahassee nears 10-year high mark on jobs

From the Tallahassee Democrat My View by Jay Revell, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Vice President Jobs are on the rebound in the Tallahassee area. 2016 is on track to have the highest recorded job total for the four-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA) since before the Great Recession. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of […]

Is Tallahassee ready to meet future job needs?

From the Tallahassee Democrat By 2030, Leon County will need 21,558 new jobs or 128 jobs every month between now and then, according to the Florida Chamber Foundation. The foundation is meeting with business, community and elected leaders to assess what’s needed statewide by 2030. Town hall discussions, such as the one in Tallahassee on […]

Tallahassee’s entrepreneurial evolution on display at Chamber event

From the Tallahassee Democrat Special to the Democrat by Jay Revell, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Vice President Tallahassee has a long history of entrepreneurship. That history has led to an emerging and thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem today. In a talk to the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce that covered the past, present, and future of entrepreneurship […]

Perspectives: Office of Economic Vitality

Segment by WFSU on 88.9 WFSU-FM Leon County’s new Office of Economic Vitality is dedicated to, not only attracting new outside business to the area, but also helping promote local existing and startup business. To talk about is the office’s Director Al Latimer, Jay Revell, vice president of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Lucas […]

Investments in infrastructure paying off

From the Tallahassee Democrat My View by Jake Kiker, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Committee on Entrepreneurship Chair Tallahassee is a city boldly forging its future through the intentional synthesis of infrastructure and entrepreneurship. Over the past half-decade, our city has made sizable investments into the infrastructure needed to lay the foundation for a higher […]

New Chamber plan will strengthen businesses

From the Tallahassee Democrat My View by Reggie L. Bouthillier, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board of Directors Now is an exciting time to be involved in growing Tallahassee’s economy. Our community is poised for success with all the right ingredients: talent, a growing spirit of entrepreneurship and leaders who are committed to […]

Tally Job Hop created to reduce brain drain

From the Tallahassee Democrat Marcus Mobley rode along with several aspiring graduates at Florida State University as they huddled and chatted in a shuttle van. There were two groups and a long day of stops at various businesses specializing in information technology, public relations and marketing. The students were used to Garnet and Gold campus life. […]

2016 Candidate Survey Results Released

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce has released the results of a recent survey of candidates for the City of Tallahassee and Leon County Commissions. The survey was conducted by The Chamber and its Business Advocacy Committee. “The Business Advocacy Committee strives to keep our members informed and educated about the issues affecting business in […]

Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Tallahassee as a Top 50 City for Entrepreneurs

TALLAHASSEE – Tallahassee, Florida has been named a Top 50 City for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur Magazine. The ranking comes in the August edition and is part of a partnership between Entrepreneur Magazine and Livabillity.com. Tallahassee is ranked at 46 and is one of only three Florida cities on the list (Orlando #15 & Miami Beach […]

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