Chamber News

Chamber Conference: Market “disrupters” find success in Tallahassee

From AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (WCTV) – As online shopping continues to grow many local businesses are turning to innovative techniques to draw customers into their shops. That includes Midtown Reader on Thomasville Road. Owner Sally Bradshaw, along with leadership from Proof Brewing Company and For the Table Hospitality, spoke about what it means to […]

Tourism industry growing in Leon County

From AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (WCTV) – As more people pack the Capital City, the tourism industry continues to grow in Leon County. According to Leon County’s tourism department, tourism had a $900 million direct economic impact on the county last year. And, it provides 14,000 jobs. With those numbers, and more, the department is […]

Chamber Conference: TPD to move to the Southside

From AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (WCTV) – The City of Tallahassee is moving forward with relocating its police headquarters to the south side of town. City officials discussed their plans with the local business community at the annual Chamber of Commerce Conference. According to Assistant City Manager Cynthia Barber, the move will not only enhance […]

Expert Paul Zikopoulos tells chamber crowd Big Data is the path to big business

From the Tallahassee Democrat AMELIA ISLAND – Tech years are a lot like dog years — they go very quickly, said one of the nation’s top Big Data experts during the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference on Saturday. Companies can transform their delivery services and business models by the “one percent rule” over time and […]

Mid-term election predictions with pollster Steve Vancore at annual Chamber Conference

From the Tallahassee Democrat Steve Vancore, pollster and partner at VancoreJones, leaped right into the “dangerous business” of predicting the mid-term elections at a Chamber Conference session Saturday at Amelia Island. Here were some of his biggest predictions. On Democratic gubernatorial primary, Vancore says things are looking good for a Tallahassee nominee. He says Gwen Graham probably […]

Chamber conference attendees to focus on Tallahassee’s future growth

From the Tallahassee Democrat Tallahassee is poised for more development – a growing population, more jobs and an increase in spending among residents in the post Great Recession era. Cranes crisscross the downtown skyline. Heavy equipment and crews churn dirt throughout the city and around the county. But it’s not always a welcome sight. Restive residents have galvanized neighborhood opposition to […]

Transforming south side among top Chamber conference sessions

From the Tallahassee Democrat AMELIA ISLAND – No single thing is going to transform Tallahassee’s south side. During Saturday’s standing-room breakout session at the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference, panelists rattled off details behind key measures that could make a difference. A $45-million redevelopment is moving forward at the Orange Avenue Apartments, a public housing property. Improvements […]

Chamber Conference: Low supply, high demand driving up home prices

From AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (WCTV) – Buying property in the Capital City may be getting more difficult. That’s according to a local panel of experts speaking on residential real estate during the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference. “There’s high demand, low supply. Prices are going up at the fastest rate I’ve ever seen,” said […]

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce conference underway

From AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (WCTV) — Hundreds of Tallahassee business owners have descended upon Amelia Island for the annual Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce conference. This year, about 520 people are registered for the conference. The idea is to get out of the “bubble,” and get away from some of the day-to-day distractions and dig […]

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce conference begins

From Hundreds of Tallahassee business owners are heading to Amelia Island for the annual Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce conference.

Chamber conference theme focuses on ‘pushing forward’

From the Tallahassee Democrat News of a federal investigation into public corruption in the capital city was fresh at last year’s Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference, with some of the same prominent developers and business-people appearing on the guest list and on a grand jury subpoena list. This year most of those names are absent from […]

See who’s attending 2018 Chamber Conference in Amelia Island

From the Tallahassee Democrat About 500 members of Tallahassee’s private and public sector are registered to attend the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference at Amelia Island this weekend. From bankers, developers, architects, consultants and real estate agents, this will be a once-year opportunity to rub shoulders with the Who’s Who and business elite. Several high-ranking administrators […]

Tallahassee manufacturers brace for impacts from President Trump’s tariffs

From the Tallahassee Democrat Four containers stocked with 20 tons of steel rails arrived on July 6 in the Port of Jacksonville from China. The cargo was bound for Residential Elevators, the nation’s leading producer of home elevators headquartered in Tallahassee. In the ensuing days, the shipment was trucked to the company’s Crawfordville facility for processing. For the 22-year-old manufacturer, it […]

Tallahassee named one of country’s best cities to raise families

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Tallahassee is one of the country’s best cities to raise a family, according to a national housing rental website. The Capital City ranked number five in the nation by the company Zumper. Zumper says one of the city’s strengths is the fact that it has a relatively young population. In […]

Lively Tech Center Partners With Chamber, Builders Group To Recruit More People To Construction Jobs

From WFSU Lively Technical Center is out with a new program to bridge the skills gap in the local construction industry. It follows a recent Florida Chamber of Commerce survey showing employers continue to worry about not funding enough skilled workers. Local builder Bill Kimberl says acquiring the right skills and education to enter the […]

Lively Technical Center launches program focused on construction industry

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – With Tallahassee’s constant development comes a growing demand for work in the construction industry. Monday, Lively Technical Center announced a new program to help Big Bend residents get into those jobs and quickly. The Building Trades and Construction Design Technology program provides students with the certifications needed for construction jobs […]

Lively Tech launches new trade program in construction

From TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)—Leon County Schools has partnered with the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to collaborate on a new program that will help train students for careers in the construction industry. Through the partnership, Lively Technical Institute will offer a new course called Building Trades and Construction Design Technology. It’s intended to help fill […]

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 […]