Chamber News

Economic forecast: Leon County lost more than 12,000 jobs in a year, but signs of a rebound

It was a broad-brush look at Leon County’s economy compared to other counties, the state, and the country in a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Annual Report Now Available!

With input from our members, we were able to offer COVID recovery support and special programming for every business in our community.

Chamber chair outlines vision for business success, community prosperity | Opinion

We looked at research, market trends and models from around the country. The result is a refreshed approach that underscores businesses’ role in driving economic growth and creating solutions to our community’s challenges. The strategic plan includes three pillars:

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce lays out goals during virtual annual meeting

The clamor of business leaders filling the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting would be expected instead of the cavernous quiet at this year’s event.

Tallahassee Chamber evolves to meet members’ needs in 2020 — and beyond | Opinion

Today’s Chamber recognizes the value of collaboration. We continue to seek ways to work with other local Chambers of Commerce as well as other business and economic organizations. We’ve also strengthened efforts to ensure diversity among our board of directors. We’re dedicated to ensuring the board is reflective of our diverse community.

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Receives $20,000 Grant from Truist Foundation

The Talent Pipeline Management program will help employers identify and recruit from traditional and non-traditional sources to reach populations who otherwise might be left behind and offer job seekers opportunities to move into high- skill/high-wage jobs.

FL counties keeping mask mandates even though Gov. DeSantis won’t allow penalties for violators

“The Governor has provided a lot of appropriate flexibility for local communities and every family to make informed decisions about what’s best for them. We encourage all businesses and their employees to continue practicing defined safety measures.”

The Ugly, Bad (and Good) in Florida Politics 2020 with FloridaPolitics Publisher Peter Schorsch

In this most difficult year, Peter shares his brutally candid perspectives on the biggest and toughest issues, including the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on the political ambitions and futures of key leaders.

Tallahassee Chamber continues efforts to address skilled workforce gap

The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is pushing dual efforts to address ongoing gaps in creating and finding skilled workers through a new website and initiative called Talent 2030.

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce launches new effort to connect job seekers with employers

What Talent 2030 has done, it has really created the collaboration between all of the resources that are in our community.

June Job Numbers Show a Continued Decrease in the Unemployment Rate for Tallahassee MSA

With so many uncertainties still impacting businesses, it is likely to take some time before Tallahassee experiences a return to pre-pandemic jobs numbers.

2020 Local Candidate Guide

We believe that the 2020 Local Candidate Guide offers valuable insight into the diverse perspectives that will be represented on upcoming ballots.

Achieve the Best of Both Worlds with your Tallahassee Chamber Membership

Carl Fuqua’s Tallahassee Chamber membership combines the best of both worlds, building viable relationships and growing his business.

#TalentLivesHere – Royle King, Leon County and Omega Lamplighters

In 2008, alongside an Omega Psi Phi fraternity brother, Royle founded the Omega Lamplighters – a program designed to empower young men with the tools they need to become active, educated, and responsible citizens.

Gainesville, Tallahassee businesses agree: ‘God help us all if we don’t have football’

“Even the Gator faithful want Florida State football to play,” said Sue Dick, the president and CEO of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.

Point of View: Florida’s talented workforce is key to economic recovery during and after COVID-19

It cannot be overstated: Talent development IS economic development. Communities used to rely on tax incentives to attract businesses, but for some time, we have recognized that a talented workforce is paramount.

Ending Isolation and Precautions for Persons with COVID-19

Growing evidence supports ending isolation and precautions for persons with COVID-19 using a symptom-based strategy rather than a test-based strategy.

Future of FAMU’s Homecoming celebration uncertain after canceled fall football season

From a ghost town at the Eternal Flame to Bragg Stadium going from a place for football to a coronavirus testing site, the signs of coronavirus are everywhere on FAMU’s campus.

Coronavirus a curve ball for proposed Leon County Children’s Services Council, tax

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Our Kids First campaign for dedicated money to improve the lives of local children is facing ups and downs in the coronavirus era. The property tax and Children’s Services Council on the November ballot could be a tougher sell during an unrelenting pandemic. The Political Action Committee pushing the initiative has also […]

Leon County to provide thousands of free face coverings to businesses

“If we want to be open, and we want to have the opportunity to support our business, we all need to put on a mask for a little bit and make sure that we’re creating the safest environment possible.”