Chamber News

Greenville-inspired community conversation draws attention to update downtown master plan

From the Tallahassee Democrat Last month’s delegation trip to Greenville, South Carolina, made local movers and shakers take a hard look at Tallahassee’s downtown. It’s missing some key connections between emerging districts and destinations, several attendees said at Wednesday’s trip-inspired community conversation. For example, some said there isn’t an easy, pedestrian-friendly way to get from […]

Chamber puts on community conversation event based on trip to Greenville, South Carolina

From the Tallahassee Democrat The first of three community stops inspired by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s delegation trip to Greenville, South Carolina, takes place on Wednesday. Private and public sector leaders agreed more could be done to spotlight the city’s economic assets and the momentum taking shape to capture the evolving story of Tallahassee businesses. […]

Beautiful Greenville opens eyes to Tallahassee potential

From the Tallahassee Democrat Trivia time. How many Greenvilles are there in the United States? 36. Which one do you think of when you think of Greenville? If you said South Carolina, winner winner chicken dinner for you. I had the opportunity to join the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership mission to Greenville and I […]

Tallahassee leaders come back inspired after trip to Greenville

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tallahassee leaders say they’re inspired after coming home from a three-day trip to Greenville, South Carolina. The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce has organized trips like this in the past. It’s all about learning what other cities are doing well and how Tallahassee can learn from them. More than 80 […]

Takeaways from Greenville: Lessons & Inspiration for Tallahassee

From Sachs Media Group As one of 85 Tallahassee community leaders who learned about Greenville, South Carolina’s inspirational turnaround story on a Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce-led discovery trip, I came home inspired, encouraged, and motivated. This trip was surely worth the investment of time and resources given the relevant takeaways for our community, including: […]

Incoming Chamber leader says it’s time for a Tallahassee community trip

From the Tallahassee Democrat GREENVILLE, S.C. — The next business leader to head the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors wants a community fact-finding trip to explore Tallahassee assets. Beth Corum, co-chief operating officer for Capital City Bank, was struck with the idea during this week’s three-day Chamber sponsored trip to Greenville, South Carolina. The city […]

Airport envy? Chamber tour of Greenville highlights debate at Tallahassee International Airport

From the Tallahassee Democrat GREENVILLE — Several business leaders say they’re convinced a new approach is needed at Tallahassee International Airport after touring Greenville’s airport, which saw record numbers in passengers and cargo loads last year. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, despite competing against four major airports within driving distance, moved more than 118 million pounds of cargo and […]

Tallahassee Chamber visits Greenville to learn best practices

From WCTV TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce has packed up and gone north. The Chamber is visiting Greenville, South Carolina, where it hopes to learn more about how the city has redeveloped economically. “Everything they do is very intentional,” said Chamber Vice President Jay Revell. Greenville was once built around the […]

First impressions of Greenville offer insights, challenges during Tallahassee Chamber trip

From the Tallahassee Democrat GREENVILLE — When Sue Dick, president and CEO of Tallahassee’s Chamber of Commerce, asked first-time trip members on Monday to stand, more than half of room was on its feet. It was a statement. With newly elected city and county commissioners, a new mayor and fresh executives and developers, the group was eager to dive […]

Chamber eyes Greenville for ideas on getting the biggest bang for Blueprint bucks

From the Tallahassee Democrat This week’s trip to Greenville, South Carolina, was timed to drum up ideas on how to maximize millions in Blueprint sales tax funds that will begin to surface next year. Tallahassee business leaders and officials think they can learn something from Greenville’s come-back story. Once dubbed the “Textile Capital of the World,” Greenville […]

Chamber trip redux: How visits to thriving cities inspired Tallahassee innovation, efforts

From the Tallahassee Democrat Nearly 20 years ago, Tallahassee’s top brass flew to Austin, Texas, roughly 13 hours and 870 miles away from Florida’s capital. It was the first fact-finding mission organized by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, which hoped to showcase the economic potential of another capital city with college town roots. Austin’s size dwarfed Tallahassee but to […]

Roll call: See who’s going on the Chamber trip to Greenville, South Carolina

From the Tallahassee Democrat A fact-finding trip organized by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is bringing more than 80 public and private sector Tallahassee officials to Greenville, South Carolina. The invitation-only, three-day trip, which begins Monday, is a chance to see a progressive city 400 miles away that’s maintained its charm, attracted manufacturing industries and made […]

Greenville can teach us how to create a breakthrough for our community | Opinion

From the Tallahassee Democrat Tallahassee is on the verge of something big. In only five years, our community will celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of becoming the capital city of Florida (you can follow the countdown at Two hundred years is a long time and across those two centuries, our community has never stopped evolving. […]

Chamber Chair Issues Letter to City Commission Regarding Proposed Municipal Broadband Utility

In preparation for the City of Tallahassee Commission meeting, Chamber Chair, Mark O’Bryant issues the following letter regarding the proposed municipal broadband utility. Dear Mayor Dailey, On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, I would like to share a few thoughts regarding the City Commission’s ongoing discussions on […]

Southern Living Magazine Names Tallahassee One of The South’s Best Cities for 2019

From Leon County TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time ever, Tallahassee has earned a coveted distinction from national magazine Southern Living. Tallahassee was named the No. 9 South’s Best City as part of the magazine’s third annual South’s Best Awards, and is the only city in Florida to be recognized in this category. “Southern […]

Next stop Greenville, South Carolina: Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce sets latest trip

From Tallahassee Democrat Two years ago, local power players went on a fast-paced tour of Nashville, Tennessee. The country music mecca with a vibrant year-round tourism base and a burgeoning start-up scene also is a capital city, but that’s about where its similarities to Tallahassee begin and end. In two months, the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is taking another band of […]

Building Tallahassee: Updating major projects

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – If you drive around town, you’re bound to notice some sort of construction going on. You’ve probably wondered what’s being built or what’s coming down. For the past three years our ‘Building Tallahassee’ series has explored new development in the Capital City. WTXL ABC 27’s Stephen Jiwanmall took a look […]

Federal government workers in Tallahassee send their thanks | Opinion

From the Tallahassee Democrat After 35 days of the government being shut down, federal employees can now breathe a sigh of relief. A possibly short breath, but a breath nonetheless. The direct effects of the shutdown were felt right here in the city of Tallahassee, which is home to nearly 1,800 federal workers. These include TSA officers, air traffic controllers and federal […]

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce group: Table local government consolidation discussions

From the Tallahassee Democrat Recent talks of consolidating local government should be deferred until pressing community issues are resolved, a committee commissioned by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce found. The committee on Friday released findings from its Local Government and Community Study. While dormant for years, the controversial idea to consolidate functions within the city of […]

Federal Reserve official talks jobs, interest rates at Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce event

From the Tallahassee Democrat Business leaders on Thursday heard an optimistic but cautious forecast during an annual economic forum hosted by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. More than 200 attendees gathered at the Florida State University’s Turnbull Conference Center to hear an economic forecast from Chris Oakley, vice president and coordinating regional executive for the Federal […]

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