Chamber News

Chamber highlights Nashville “brand”

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)— The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce held a three day retreat in Nashville, Tennessee in an effort to find out what makes the economy thrive in the music city. “We wanted to be able to take away some great ideas and see if they work here,” said Chamber Chairman Reggie Bouthillier. […]

Domi, FAMU, Gillum launch Tallahassee-based code academy

From the Tallahassee Democrat Domi, Florida A&M University, and the Office of Mayor Andrew Gillum launched I/O Avenue, a Tallahassee-based code academy Wednesday. The program, created as a part of the larger Tallahassee TechHire Initiative, will focus on rapidly training workers to enter high-paying tech jobs in North Florida. Announced at The Chamber’s trip to […]

Best & Brightest seniors brimming with talent

From the Tallahassee Democrat Throughout their past four years of high school, the 2017 Best & Brightest nominated seniors did it all: They painted murals, volunteered countless service hours, started clubs at their respective schools and excelled on the field, court, in the pool or wherever they competed. On Wednesday night, those 160 seniors were […]

WeatherSTEM startup brings technology to Vanderbilt

From the Tallahassee Democrat NASHVILLE – Ed Mansouri shook off his entrepreneurial jitters in 2014 and turned a hobby into a Tallahassee-based startup that now has a presence at the top of Vanderbilt University’s football stadium. And not just there. WeatherSTEM, a tech-based innovation that provides real-time weather conditions, is now installed at 290 locations, […]

First impressions from Nashville trip

NASHVILLE — By the first day, strong impressions had already formed. Tallahassee business and economic leaders toured Music City Center, located on a 16-acre site in Nashville’s downtown. It’s spectacular not only in appearance, with its 4-acre green roof, dazzling art and sheer panel fixtures. It’s also a huge economic driver. The delegation took mental notes. Some […]

Is Tallahassee better after Boulder?

Two years ago, a delegation of Tallahassee movers and shakers traveled to Boulder, Colorado. Monday through Wednesday, an even larger group is headed to Nashville, Tennessee.  These recon trips happen every few years. The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce acts as the ultimate tour guide. Trip-goers soak up the sights in a daylong itinerary of stops, […]

Cracking Nashville’s secret to success

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce has corralled 80 local movers and shakers — a historic number of trip-goers — to travel to Nashville, Tennessee, for a three-day expedition. These trips are common. Local delegations in the past touched down in cities like Boulder, Colorado, Madison, Wisconsin, Austin, Texas, Raleigh, North Carolina, […]

ATL vs. TLH: Chambers jockey for top talent on social media

From the Tallahassee Democrat Poaching potential talent out of Tallahassee isn’t going to happen without a fight. A tweet from ChooseATL — a subgroup of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce — made a subtle dig at the capital city and other college towns across the nation. The promoted tweet said, “Say farewell to Tallahassee and say hello to […]

Tallahassee Chamber pushes businesses to invest in local college grads

From WCTV.TV TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Chamber of Commerce is working to keep more college graduates in Tallahassee. Wednesday morning, the Chamber hosted a Talent and Workforce Forum. The purpose is to bridge the gap between local colleges and businesses, in order to boost the capital city’s economy. One way the Chamber hopes to […]

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, […]

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