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Florida Chamber of Commerce member press releases/updates.

  • May- 2024 -
    28 May

    JAXPORT flexes economic muscle, citing new study

    May 20, 2024 By Drew Dixon, Florida Politics The Jacksonville Port has a far-reaching impact on the Northeast Florida economy not only among the goods imported and exported at the coastal hub, but among statewide jobs as well, according to a new study. JAXPORT commissioned the study that shows the port accounts for $33 billion in annual economic output and is responsible for nearly 207,000 jobs across Florida. The study was conducted by the maritime research company Martin Associates based…

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  • 28 May

    Port Canaveral Plans New Cruise Terminal to Meeting Growing Industry Demand

    May 20, 2024 Port Canaveral recently announced plans to build a new cruise terminal to meet the growing demands of the cruise industry. The strategic decision to build a new multi-user cruise terminal at the Port’s existing North 8 berth provides significant cost savings, operational flexibility, and an expedited construction timeline of approximately two years to accommodate the largest ships in the world across a spectrum of brands. “We have cruise partners with immediate needs…

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  • 28 May

    Seaport Spotlight: #SeasTheOpportunities at Port Panama City

    May 20, 2024 Port Panama City is a growing regional port that handles over two million tons of cargo annually. Located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, the port provides full terminal and handling services for a diverse mix of containerized, breakbulk, and bulk cargoes. The port also supports two on-port heavy manufacturing companies and supports several large manufacturers in the region with vital port services. The port continues to invest in modern port infrastructure, promote…

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  • 28 May

    Publix has donated over 51.6 million pounds of produce to Florida food banks

    Publix reaches milestone, donating 100 million pounds of produce to help feed neighbors in need LAKELAND, Fla., May 14, 2024 — Publix has donated 100 million pounds of produce to Feeding America partner food banks, marking a significant milestone in the company’s ongoing commitment to help feed neighbors facing food insecurity. The company began purchasing produce in 2020 at the height of the pandemic to help struggling farmers and provide additional fresh fruits and vegetables…

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  • 23 May

    Rick Case Honda Recognized as the Most Awarded Volume Dealer in American Honda History and the Largest Volume Honda Dealer in America

    DAVIE, Fla. (May 21, 2024) – Rick Case Honda was recognized as the most awarded volume Honda dealer in American Honda history and is the largest volume dealer in America for 2024. The celebration was led by Rick Case Automotive Group President and CEO Rita Case and attended by 400 associates and 12 America Honda Motor Company executives who came from around the country. They were welcomed to the celebration by the Cypress Bay High…

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  • 23 May

    BankUnited Names Senior Executive to Oversee Consumer and Commercial/Small Business Banking

    MIAMI LAKES, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 20, 2024– BankUnited Inc. (NYSE: BKU) announced it has hired Ernie Diaz as senior executive vice president, consumer & commercial/small business executive to lead the bank’s consumer, small business and commercial banking teams, effective Wednesday, May 29, 2024. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240520190675/en/ BankUnited Senior Executive Vice President, Consumer & Commercial/Small Business Executive Ernie Diaz (Photo: Business Wire) “With nearly four decades of leadership in the banking industry, Ernie is an accomplished, dynamic…

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  • 22 May

    Baptist Health Foundation Announces Historic $50 Million Gift from Kenneth C. Griffin

    MIAMI, FL – March 19, 2024 – Baptist Health Foundation today announced the largest single donation in the nearly 65-year history of Baptist Health South Florida. The $50 million gift from Kenneth C. Griffin, founder and CEO of Miami-based hedge fund Citadel and founder of Griffin Catalyst, will advance neurological care in the region. The gift comes at a critical time, with the incidence of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases on the rise and the need…

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  • 22 May

    Critically Endangered Baby Orangutan Born at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    On April 13th, our team at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay excitedly helped welcome a baby Bornean orangutan into the world! The female newborn, weighing just over three pounds, was delivered via caesarean section and was surrounded by a team of medical and zoological professionals from various organizations. The youngster’s birth is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan and represents a beacon of hope for orangutan conservation efforts as the species…

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  • 9 May

    NASA selects UF mission to better track the Earth’s water and ice

    NASA has selected a team of University of Florida aerospace engineers to pursue a groundbreaking $12 million mission aimed at improving the way we track changes in Earth’s structures, such as tectonic plates and oceans. The mission, titled “GRATTIS” (Gravitational Reference Advanced Technology Test in Space), was the sole proposal selected in a national competition. GRATTIS will demonstrate the performance of state-of-the-art sensors that measure nanometer-scale gravitational changes from space to monitor movements on the…

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  • 7 May

    Coke Florida Names Steve Honorowski as New Leader for Customer Management

    Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) announces the promotion of Steve Honorowski to its Senior Leadership Team as vice president, customer relationship management – retail. In his new role as Vice President, Honorowski will focus on customer development, relationship management, and developing winning sales programs that accelerate the growth of retail customers. He joined Coke Florida, the sixth-largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States, in 2021. Read the Full Press Release: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240507988608/en/Coke-Florida-Names-Steve-Honorowski-as-New-Leader-for-Customer-Management  

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  • 7 May

    Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Recognized as a US Best Managed Company, Third Consecutive Year

    Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2024 US Best Managed company. Now in its fifth year, the award, sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, recognizes the achievements of U.S. private companies and the successes of their management teams. Private companies selected for the US Best Managed recognition are evaluated on four areas, strategy, execution, culture, and governance and financial performance. In 2022,…

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  • Apr- 2024 -
    29 April

    Forbes names the University of Florida a “New Ivy” for its output of outstanding graduates

    The University of Florida has been recognized by Forbes as one of 10 public “New Ivies” for producing exceptional and highly employable graduates. UF is the only Florida institution on the list. “The University of Florida is committed to excellence, and we are producing some of the most incredible graduates in the nation,” said Mori Hosseini, chair of the UF board of trustees. “We know that employers need the kind of skills our students are building here.…

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  • 26 April

    Joe Glover selected as next University of Arizona provost

    Former University of Florida Provost Joe Glover has been named the next senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at the University of Arizona. Following 15 years as UF’s provost, Glover stepped down from the position in July. He continued to serve the university as a senior advisor to President Ben Sasse. He will begin his new role leading Arizona’s academic enterprise on July 1. “Joe is a special guy,” Sasse said. “The important…

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  • 25 April

    UF engineering professor elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected University of Florida computer science professor and National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) laureate Juan E. Gilbert, Ph.D. as a 2024 Academy member. The Academy, founded in 1780 by John Adams and John Hancock, elects leaders from all disciplines that work together to solve the problems that our nation faces and believes in cultivating a membership of innovators across all fields of arts and sciences.…

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  • 22 April

    Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville Appoints Andrew Stec, MD, as Chief Medical Officer

    Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville announces the appointment of Andrew Stec, MD, as Vice President, Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Effective May 1, Dr. Stec will transition from his current role of Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery to CMO. “After an extensive external and internal search, and vetting of the most qualified candidates, we are fortunate to have recruited a leader from within Nemours Children’s,” said Michael Erhard, MD, North Florida Region President, Nemours Children’s…

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