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Florida Chamber of Commerce member press releases/updates.

  • Oct- 2022 -
    6 October

    Rollins College Announces New Board Chair

    Winter Park, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2022) – Rollins College announces the election of Rick Goings ’12H as chair of the Board of Trustees. Goings succeeds the late Susan Whealler Johnston ’75, who passed away in August. Goings was elected to the Rollins Board of Trustees in 2000 and was a member of the College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business Board of Overseers from 1996 to 2000. Rick Goings is Chairman Emeritus of Tupperware Brands. Throughout…

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  • 6 October

    Fifth Third Foundation Donates $500,000 for Hurricane Relief in South Florida; Bank Deploys eBus to Support Local Communities

    Naples — The Fifth Third Foundation has contributed $500,000 to support relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Florida on Sept. 28. Jim Weiss, regional president of Fifth Third Bank (South Florida), said the $500,000 donation to five local organizations aims at bringing relief to the people impacted and the thousands who continue to grapple in the aftermath of the tragedy. In addition, Fifth Third Bank has deployed its Fifth…

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  • 5 October

    Coke Florida, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and The Coca-Cola Company collectively commit $1.65 million to aid those impacted by Hurricane Ian

    TAMPA, Florida– As the local Coca-Cola bottler operating across most of the state of Florida, the impacts of Hurricane Ian are personal to Coca-Cola Beverages Florida (Coke Florida). Associates, customers, and community partners across southwest and central Florida have been directly impacted. “All of our associates are accounted for and safe, but many suffered tremendous personal loss. The road to recovery will be long and have lasting impacts on their lives. Our people are our…

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  • 4 October

    IRSC Enrollment on the Rise, Bucking State and National Trends

    According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, total college enrollment for spring 2022 fell (-4.1%)—marking the fifth-consecutive national enrollment decline. Community colleges were hit the hardest, but college-going among students at four-year institutions also declined. Indian River State College (IRSC) is bucking this national trend. This fall, enrollment is up +8.0 %, and with more students choosing in-person and hybrid options, all of IRSC’s campuses—Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Vero Beach—are…

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  • 4 October

    Take an INside Look at the Florida Coral Rescue Center

    NBC Daytona Beach recently got an inside look at daily operations of the Florida Coral Rescue Center (FRCR), the largest coral rescue center in the United States that SeaWorld biologists help manage. In this 2,000-square-foot facility, there are more than 700 types of coral, and scientists are working around the clock to save various species from Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). SCLTLD has devastated the region’s vulnerable and endangered coral, and scientists hypothesize that…

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  • 4 October

    Fairwinds Credit Union Donates $50K Towards Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts in Central Florida and Statewide

    FAIRWINDS Credit Union has made a $50,000 donation to assist with Hurricane Ian relief efforts in Central Florida and across the state. FAIRWINDS will be directing $25,000 to the Hurricane Recovery Fund established by the Heart of Florida United Way and the Central Florida Foundation. This collaborative effort includes many corporate, individual and Foundation contributors across the region. The fund will focus on the immediate needs of residents in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. The…

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  • 3 October

    Boeing Donates $2 Million to Support Hurricane Ian Recovery and Relief Efforts

    Boeing (NYSE: BA) is committing $2 million to assist with on the ground disaster recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the company announced. This includes a $750,000 donation to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, the state’s lead agency for volunteer and national service that directly manages the Florida Disaster Relief fund. “The destruction left behind in the wake of Hurricane Ian is devastating and heartbreaking. Our thoughts go out to our colleagues and all those impacted by…

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  • 3 October

    UF College of Design, Construction and Planning to break ground on Bruno E. and Maritza F. Ramos Collaboratory Thursday

    The University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the 50,000-square foot Bruno E. and Maritza F. Ramos Collaboratory on Thursday, October 6, at 12 p.m. The Ramos Collaboratory brings generational change to UF and will position the College, its faculty, staff and students for success over the next 100 years. “This innovative facility is critical to the future of DCP and will strengthen collaborative working across…

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  • 3 October

    In October, UF will recognize National Disability Employment Awareness and Disability Pride months

    Robyn Clarke and Meliora Hatcher say the University of Florida’s Disability Resource Center has not only helped them succeed at UF, but to thrive. They are among more than 6,000 students supported by the center, which will lead UF’s celebration in October of Disability Employment Awareness Month and Disability Pride Month – which traditionally takes place in July but is being recognized now since students are back on campus. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is partnering…

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  • Sep- 2022 -
    30 September

    DeVos Family Foundation Donates $1 Million to Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

    The DeVos Family Foundation today announced a $1 million donation to assist with Hurricane Ian relief efforts in Central Florida and across the state. The DeVos Family Foundation (DVFF) and the Orlando Magic organization are working closely with local partners and officials to ensure help is available to those most impacted in Central Florida and throughout the entire region. DVFF is directing $500,000 to the Hurricane Recovery Fund set up by the Heart of Florida United Way and the Central Florida Foundation. This…

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  • 30 September

    Amscot Founder Ian MacKechnie Donates $1 Million to Hurricane Relief Efforts

    Ian MacKechnie today announced that he is donating $1 million for recovery efforts following the devastation caused by the hurricane that shares his name. MacKechnie, founder of Amscot Financial, and his wife Jean are providing their personal funds to boost the work of the Florida Disaster Fund. “I wasn’t born in Florida, but I have spent much of my adult life here. I built a business and we raised our family here, and Jean and…

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  • 30 September

    The Lake City Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Announces Entertainment for Gateway City Craft Beer & Wine Festival For Saturday October 22, 2022

    LAKE CITY, FL., September 30, 2022, – The Lake City – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce announces entertainment for Gateway City Craft Beer & Wine Festival on Saturday October 22, 2022. Local musical artists Seth Dukes, Branford HWY and Black River Harvesters will take the stage to play at the Gateway City Craft Beer & Wine Festival. “One of the best parts of the beer & wine festival is the unbelievable music that plays from…

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  • 30 September

    Florida Blue, GuideWell Pledge $1 Million to Aid Floridians in Hurricane Ian Recovery

    Florida Blue, the state’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, and its parent company GuideWell announced an initial $1 million donation to support relief and recovery efforts across the state of Florida to help communities impacted by the widespread destruction of Hurricane Ian. “While we are only beginning to see a glimpse into the devastation left behind from this powerful hurricane, our hearts go out to everyone impacted along its path,” said Florida Blue and GuideWell…

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  • 26 September

    Sachs Media Again Earns “Agency Elite Top 100” Status from PRNews

    Adding to its decades-long list of honors, Sachs Media has once again been named one of PRNews’ “Agency Elite Top 100” firms in the nation for the 2023 cycle. The annual award recognizes top innovators in the field of communications, marketing, and digital content creation and their dedication to creating, promoting, and maintaining their clients’ positive reputations. “It’s a tremendous honor to be so highly recognized by PRNews as one of the nation’s top firms,”…

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  • 22 September

    Beep Receives 2022 ITS World Congress Industry Award

    Beep Inc., a provider of multi-passenger, autonomous electric mobility solutions, today announced its induction into the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame as the winner of the 2022 Industry Award for the Americas. The award, announced at the annual ITS World Congress event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, recognizes Beep’s continued expansion of its autonomous mobility network in Lake Nona, a 17-square mile master-planned community and advanced district within the City of Orlando, Florida. The…

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