Chamber News

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 […]

Tallahassee on upward trend based on economic growth

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Economic Forum on Thursday morning, discussing the 2018 year and projections for job growth areas and industries. According to Chief Economist of Florida Chamber Foundation, Dr. Jerry Parrish, Tallahassee has seen tremendous growth from private sector and partnering with public sector […]

Chamber study points to potential economic benefits of a consolidated government

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — According to the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Tallahassee and Leon County could potentially benefit economically by forming a consolidated government. The preliminary opinion is based off a study done by the Washington Economic Group for the Chamber. That study is a comparative study that looks at the best practices […]

Chamber Releases Washington Economics Group Study: Findings Show Unified Economic Vision Could Result in Long Term Growth

Click HERE for the full study. A dynamic new study by the nationally-renowned Washington Economics Group makes a compelling case for the potential merger of Tallahassee and Leon County into a single consolidated governance structure to measurably boost the local economy and significantly enhance accountability of the government to the people it serves. The timely, […]

Chamber study finds consolidation would boost economy

From the Tallahassee Democrat A study commissioned by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce found merging Leon County and the city of Tallahassee could boost economic growth and lead to a more accessible and accountable local government. The study, conducted by the Washington Economics Group and released Tuesday, examined the effects of consolidation in five […]

Time to move Florida capital from Tallahassee? This PBC rep thinks so

From myPalmBeachPost TALLAHASSEE — A Palm Beach County representative thinks it’s time for Florida’s capital to move to new digs. A bill (HB 1335) filed by state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, would require the formation of a committee to study moving the Legislature and the offices of the governor, state attorney and chief financial officer […]

Lawmaker looks to consider relocating Florida Capitol

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — As lawmakers descend on Tallahassee for the annual legislative session, one is suggesting they should be heading somewhere else. Representative Bill Hager filed a bill on Monday, proposing a relocation of Florida’s Capitol. Under House Bill 1335: Capitol Relocation Task Force, Hager is requesting a task force be formed […]

Statement from the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Regarding Proposal to Move Florida’s Capitol from Tallahassee HB1335

A deeply flawed proposal by state Representative Bill Hager (R-Delray Beach) to move Florida’s capitol and many functions of state government from Tallahassee to someplace else should be quickly disposed of by the Legislature this week. No study is necessary to determine that this bad idea would have a damaging, disruptive, and dangerous impact on […]

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