Chamber News

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 […]

Tallahassee’s economic growth outpacing other Florida cities

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area has the fastest growing economy per capita for any Florida city, officials said Wednesday during the City Commission retreat. Commissioners praised the 3.8 percent economic uptick driven by 95 proposed or under-construction developments in the pipeline within the city limits, and a few dozen in outlying […]

Tallahassee Chamber Pans State House Proposal To Move The Capital

From WFSU A plan to move the state capitol away from Tallahassee is being met resistance from Tallahassee. The local chamber of commerce issued a statement Tuesday. The bill to move the Capitol to is from Republican Rep. Bill Hager, who says Tallahassee is just too difficult to get in and out of easily. But […]

Major Tallahassee projects in the works for 2018

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – You’ll notice big changes to Tallahassee’s skyline in 2018. Some major projects are in the works, and some are already underway. Brick by brick, dollar by dollar, Tallahassee is expanding. Jay Revell, the vice president of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, says 2018 will be the Capital City’s biggest […]

Tallahassee Chamber chides Rep. Hager for ‘dangerous, disruptive idea’ to move capital

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce said Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, doesn’t know much about history. Chamber President Sue Dick, Tuesday called out Hager for pushing a “damaging, disruptive and dangerous” idea. The South Florida Republican wants to move the state Capitol from the sunny, southern charms of Tallahassee closer […]

Tallahassee economy projected to grow more in 2018

From WTXL LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) – The year 2017 saw numerous records in the stock market, and a soaring job market. The nation’s economy added two million jobs, with nearly 150,000 new jobs added just last month. According to labor department, figures released today say December was the 87th straight month of job growth, the […]

Learning From Nashville

From 850 Business Magazine In May 2017, a group of around 80 Tallahassee business and community leaders traveled to Nashville on a fact-finding tour organized by the local Chamber of Commerce. Much like prior trips to Boulder, Austin, Chattanooga, and Madison, the goal was to understand how a city navigated the transition from under-developed to […]

Chamber selects Coral Gables consulting firm for consolidation study

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce hired Coral Gables-based Washington Economic Group Inc. to lead its study on the consolidation of local government functions. Last month, the chamber announced its plans for a deep analytical dive into the potential economic benefits of a consolidated local government in Tallahassee and Leon County. The Washington Economic Group is […]

Footy Training startup wins $1,000 seed money grant

From the Tallahassee Democrat A Tallahassee startup geared toward helping soccer players won a $1,000 seed grant from Centennial Bank during a Tuesday entrepreneurial forum sponsored by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. Footy Training is an app-based business that helps soccer players train on their own, against teammates and other players in an effort to […]

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce requests independent airport authority

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is requesting the City of Tallahassee to consider acquiring an independent airport authority. This comes more than a month after the previous aviation director resigned for a job in another city. The chamber is calling on the city to conduct a consultant-based study […]