Chamber News

Chamber conference theme focuses on ‘pushing forward’

From the Tallahassee Democrat News of a federal investigation into public corruption in the capital city was fresh at last year’s Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference, with some of the same prominent developers and business-people appearing on the guest list and on a grand jury subpoena list. This year most of those names are absent from […]

See who’s attending 2018 Chamber Conference in Amelia Island

From the Tallahassee Democrat About 500 members of Tallahassee’s private and public sector are registered to attend the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference at Amelia Island this weekend. From bankers, developers, architects, consultants and real estate agents, this will be a once-year opportunity to rub shoulders with the Who’s Who and business elite. Several high-ranking administrators […]

Tallahassee manufacturers brace for impacts from President Trump’s tariffs

From the Tallahassee Democrat Four containers stocked with 20 tons of steel rails arrived on July 6 in the Port of Jacksonville from China. The cargo was bound for Residential Elevators, the nation’s leading producer of home elevators headquartered in Tallahassee. In the ensuing days, the shipment was trucked to the company’s Crawfordville facility for processing. For the 22-year-old manufacturer, it […]

Tallahassee named one of country’s best cities to raise families

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Tallahassee is one of the country’s best cities to raise a family, according to a national housing rental website. The Capital City ranked number five in the nation by the company Zumper. Zumper says one of the city’s strengths is the fact that it has a relatively young population. In […]

Lively Tech Center Partners With Chamber, Builders Group To Recruit More People To Construction Jobs

From WFSU Lively Technical Center is out with a new program to bridge the skills gap in the local construction industry. It follows a recent Florida Chamber of Commerce survey showing employers continue to worry about not funding enough skilled workers. Local builder Bill Kimberl says acquiring the right skills and education to enter the […]

Lively Technical Center launches program focused on construction industry

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – With Tallahassee’s constant development comes a growing demand for work in the construction industry. Monday, Lively Technical Center announced a new program to help Big Bend residents get into those jobs and quickly. The Building Trades and Construction Design Technology program provides students with the certifications needed for construction jobs […]

Lively Tech launches new trade program in construction

From WCTV.tv TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)—Leon County Schools has partnered with the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to collaborate on a new program that will help train students for careers in the construction industry. Through the partnership, Lively Technical Institute will offer a new course called Building Trades and Construction Design Technology. It’s intended to help fill […]

Why Tallahassee? Chamber panel talks talent recruitment, retention

From the Tallahassee Democrat Tallahassee may be the place to make a name and a career. More jobs are coming into the market. A report from the U.S. Bureau of Statistics shows 182,700 non-agriculture jobs in May, an increase of 2,500 jobs compared to May 2017. But how do local business owners and CEOs sell […]

Children’s Services Council supporters relish more time ahead of 2020 vote

From the Tallahassee Democrat Now the real work begins. In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, Leon County commissioners committed to a 2020 ballot initiative to create a Children’s Services Council. The move bought supporters time to mount an education campaign and build community support. It also mollified opponents who argued that the process was moving too quickly. A Children’s Services […]

County delays Children’s Services Council, kicks property tax proposal to 2020 ballot

From the Tallahassee Democrat County commissioners decided this isn’t the year to place a Children’s Services Council referendum on the ballot. In a unanimous vote, commissioners bought Leon County time to mount an education campaign and build community support for a 2020 ballot effort — an 11th hour idea that came from community members and business leaders and […]

Grassroots initiative wants to show Tallahassee as retirement destination

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – A local grassroots initiative is trying to reach baby boomers and bring them to Tallahassee. ​It’s called “Choose Tallahassee.” The program hopes to highlight the positive aspects of retiring in the Capital City. ​Seniors we’ve spoken with say they are thrilled about the variety of activities available for themselves as […]

Tallahassee Chamber’s Consolidation Group Convenes; Gillum Skeptical Of Motives

From WJCT The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is undeterred in its quest to explore consolidating city and county services.  Despite high-level opposition the Chamber has moved ahead with a study committee. The Chamber’s Consolidation Study Group is a Tallahassee Who’s Who: Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Major Harding, noted attorney Martha Barnett, FSU Political […]

Committee explores local government consolidation, community economic vision

From the Tallahassee Democrat A nine-member committee will spend four months coming up with a community economic development vision and practical approaches to improving the function of local government, including consolidation. The idea of consolidatingLeon County and city of Tallahassee governments gained momentum after the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce commissioned an independent study by Washington Economics Group. […]

Leon County’s idea of forming Child Services Council meets early opposition

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Funding for a newly proposed Children’s Services Council is meeting early opposition. This is something that could be on your ballot in November and it involves your tax dollars. During a meeting this week, Leon County Commissioners discussed creating the council. The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce issued a statement saying, […]

Local business ventures look promising amidst national chains closing

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – In the midst of several national chain businesses closing, local business ventures look promising. Red coat ambassadors from the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce were on site Wednesday for two business openings. One for a new Red Eye Coffee at Capital Regional Medical Center and another at CAMPUS USA Credit Union. […]

Opinion: Cascades Project is at the right place, right time

From the Tallahassee Democrat It’s an ageless debate in Tallahassee – how do we maintain our charm and beautiful natural environment while promoting economic development and the jobs it creates for the workforce and our children? It’s possible to do both. The Cascades Project, being built in a two-block area near Cascades Park, is a […]

Chamber launches committee to explore local government consolidation

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce continues its push for a local government merger by creating a committee tasked with identifying potential steps to get there. Renewed debate surrounds the consolidation of Leon County and city of Tallahassee governments following the chamber’s independent study by the Washington Economics Group. It examined the effects of consolidation […]

Tallahassee Chamber to Appoint Local Government Merger Study Committee

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, in an effort to continue its robust study of local government structures in Tallahassee and Leon County, will appoint a nine-person committee to examine key considerations and provide a road map that the Board and the greater community should take into account when evaluating a potential […]

Building Tallahassee: Update on Tallahassee developments

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – For the past two years, we’ve watched Tallahassee transform, project after project. “You’re seeing a variety of different types of development starting to come online in the community,” said Jay Revell, the vice president of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. “In particular, you’re seeing a lot of hospitality-driven improvements […]

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