Chamber News

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 […]

Chamber to Tallahassee: Consider independent airport authority

From the Tallahassee Democrat Business leaders want the city to relinquish its role as primary management for Tallahassee International Airport and pursue an independent airport authority. The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s board wants the city to consider the major change after director Chris Curry took a job last month to head the Mobile Airport Authority in […]

Chamber to Commission Consolidation Study

From WFSU The organization that represents the Capital City’s business community is urging the consolidation of City and County governments as a possible solution to crime and corruption. Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Heidi Otway said the question first came up back in May when a Tallahassee delegation visited Nashville. “One of the […]

Leaders react to Chamber’s consolidation study

From the Tallahassee Democrat Plans by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to study consolidating local government received mixed reviews from political insiders, business and community leaders. It’s a touchy topic. Voters rejected the notion in the past, but the idea won’t die. On Tuesday, it was resurrected after a Tallahassee-based survey revealed a snapshot of what residents think of […]

Our View: The painful way forward: Chamber’s call for study on consolidation is the right move

From the Tallahassee Democrat If it happens someday in Leon County, consolidation will be extremely difficult. It will pit friend against friend and make friends out of foes. It will be messy, painful, complicated, emotionally taxing and intellectually draining. It will, at various times, seem not worth the time and effort. Oh, by the way, […]

Chamber calls for study on government consolidation

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)– The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is taking a sharp stance on the future of Tallahassee and Leon County. On Tuesday, the Chamber announced that it plans to fund an independent study to look at the impact of consolidating local government. Chamber Chair Heidi Otway said the idea came after the […]

City of Tallahassee vies to become Amazon HQ

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Could Amazon find a second home in Tallahassee? The Capital City is one of more than 200 cities and regions in North America vying for the attention of the business giant. Amazon says it’s looking to invest $5 billion in construction and provide up to 50,000 jobs to add a […]

Local leaders suggest consolidation of city and county governments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Local business leaders say, Tallahassee’s reputation is negatively affecting how the city wants to brand itself. They’re calling for a study to look at possibly consolidating city and county governments. The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors met this morning and unanimously approved the start of an independent study examining […]

‘Climate of Crisis’: Chamber calls for study on consolidating city, county governments

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce plans to conduct an independent study on consolidating Tallahassee and Leon County governments. Chamber board members unanimously voted to underwrite the study during its meeting Tuesday. Its results will be shared with the community upon its completion, expected by mid-January. “The Tallahassee community is suffering through a climate […]

Survey shows rampant public distrust of Tallahassee, Leon County governments

From the Tallahassee Democrat More residents are losing trust in city and county government, especially in the last two months, results from an independent survey show. Tallahassee’s crime rate — the highest in the state for three consecutive years — and an ongoing federal public corruption investigation are two factors responsible for the erosion of public confidence. Sachs Media Group released […]

Participants at Opportunity Tallahassee learn how to engage the community

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – A special program took place in the community Thursday. Opportunity Tallahassee is an annual, day-long gathering. Participants get an overview of the city, traveling around town to learn about the social, economic and educational structures that help Tallahassee thrive. Some are long time residents who want to learn more about […]

New partnerships create new opportunities at FSU

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Some students at FSU now have a unique opportunity to learn about their careers in a real world setting. The opportunity is all thanks to a new partnership between the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and the new Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship aimed at helping students thrive. This school […]

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Announces New Partnership with Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a new partnership with the recently founded Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. The partnership will provide students “courtesy” Chamber memberships so they can connect more easily with local business leaders. Students will be paired with mentors, who will offer business advice […]

Local business leaders gather for annual breakfast

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Tallahassee business leaders gathered Tuesday morning for the annual “Chamber of Commerce” breakfast. This gathering consists of the chamber hitting on pressing matters, including the fact that the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 80 years, and jobs are up by nearly three percent. This includes the […]

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Releases 2016-2017 Annual Report

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