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Florida Chamber of Commerce member press releases/updates.

  • Jan- 2023 -
    24 January

    Polk State receives $1.45 million for nursing education

    Polk State College is thankful to the state and healthcare partners for providing $1.45 million for nursing education through the Linking Industry to Nursing Education (LINE) and Prepping Institutions, Programs, Employers, and Learners through Incentives for Nursing Education (PIPELINE) programs, which are designed to mitigate Florida’s nursing shortage. Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced the awarding of $79 million to high-performing nursing education programs across Florida. “These awards will meet a critical need of our state…

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  • 24 January

    UF achieves No. 1 ranking for online bachelor’s degree programs

    For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Florida as the top institution in the country to offer an online bachelor’s degree. The rankings organization also named UF as the country’s No. 1 university for veterans and active-duty service members to earn an online bachelor’s degree. The top veterans ranking, achieved for the first time, recognizes student retention and graduation rates, faculty credentials and UF’s certification for…

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  • 23 January

    Polk State collegiate high schools exceed state graduation rate

    Polk State College’s three collegiate high schools exceeded the state’s average graduation rate for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, with Chain of Lakes Collegiate celebrating a 100% graduation rate compared to Florida’s 87.3%. Lakeland Collegiate came in at 99.4% and Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate saw a 95.2% graduation rate for the last school year. Polk State’s charter high schools allow students to simultaneously complete requirements for their high school diplomas while earning college credits. In…

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  • 18 January

    New analysis shows Florida Poly majors prep grads for top-paying careers

    Florida Polytechnic University’s slate of all-STEM majors and areas of study was shown to prepare graduates for some of the country’s highest paying early-career fields in an analysis released by CBS News. LAKELAND, Fla. –  A recent analysis linking college majors to high-paying careers concluded that technology-driven and engineering positions are among the most immediately lucrative. As the only state institution with an all-STEM curriculum, Florida Polytechnic University is preparing its students to enter the…

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  • 17 January

    Sachs Media Helps Florida League of Cities Unveil New PSA Series

    After six months of planning, preparing, and producing, Sachs Media is proud to share in last week’s launch of a new PSA campaign for the Florida League of Cities (FLC). Since last summer Sachs Media, Florida’s foremost public relations firm, has collaborated with the voice of over 400 Sunshine State municipalities to highlight and celebrate the many services provided to help enhance the quality of life for Florida residents. Sachs Media produced original research to…

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  • 17 January

    St. Joe Company, Tallahassee Memorial and FSU break ground on new health care campus

    The St. Joe Company, Florida State University and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare celebrated the construction kickoff Tuesday of a health care campus in Panama City Beach that will bring together clinicians, researchers and students to meet the rapidly increasing need for medical care in the Florida Panhandle. The FSU Health-Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Medical Campus is located on an 87-acre parcel of land, just minutes from the Latitude Margaritaville Watersound community, a 55-plus community that recently sold…

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  • 10 January

    Swimming Towards a Great Recovery!

    Ridgway, a baby bottlenose dolphin that was rescued beneath Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach last year, is making a swimmingly good recovery at SeaWorld Orlando. The youngster recently hit a significant recovery milestone and was moved to our dolphin nursery pool after months of rehabilitation and round-the-clock care. Ridgway will now be able to socialize with other calves his age, bond with adult females, and learn how to be a dolphin! Clearwater Marine Aquarium experts…

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  • 6 January

    University of Florida names Chris Emmanuel as director of government relations

    The University of Florida has appointed Chris Emmanuel as its new director of Government Relations. Joining from the Executive Office of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget where he served as deputy director of policy, Emmanuel brings more than 10 years of public policy experience in areas including higher education, economic development, insurance reform, appropriations and public investments. Prior to his work in the Office of the Governor, Emmanuel served as director of infrastructure…

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  • Dec- 2022 -
    22 December

    Swimming into Shark Territory: SeaWorld Welcomes Endangered Shark

    Last month, we welcomed Dutch, a critically endangered great hammerhead shark, to our 700,000-gallon aquarium in Orlando. As the largest species of hammerhead shark, Dutch is currently about 7 feet long and expected to reach 10-15 feet! Dutch was transferred from Georgia Aquarium as part of a collaborative effort to care for threatened and endangered shark species in accredited zoos and aquariums. Commercial fishing and fin trade pose a significant threat to the species, and…

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  • 22 December

    Infrastructure Coalition Spotlight: Chesapeake Utilities Corporation | Florida Public Utilities

    Cheryl M. Martin serves as Senior Vice President of Regulatory and External Affairs for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. What does your business do in Florida? Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, is an energy company providing natural gas, electricity and propane to commercial, residential and industrial customers across Florida. FPU owns and operates about 3,200 miles of natural gas distribution mains across 22 counties in Florida and serves approximately 92,000…

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  • 13 December

    Healthcare Partnership Spotlight: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

    Tell us about your company/organization: At Johnson & Johnson Vision, part of Johnson & Johnson, we are working to redefine healthy sight for life. Through our operating companies, we deliver innovation that enables eye care professionals to create better outcomes for patients throughout their lives, with products and technologies that address unmet eye health needs. Johnson & Johnson Vision has been rooted in Jacksonville, Florida for more than 40 years (since 1981) and impacts more than…

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  • 9 December

    Interior Design Students Present Vision for New UF AI² Center

    As the campus focal point for artificial intelligence at the University of Florida, the soon-to-be-built Artificial Intelligence Academic Initiative Center (AI² Center) will create a larger and much broader ecosystem of space that connects UF’s preeminence in AI-related higher education with the student body and public. With this in mind, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and AI² Center Inaugural Director Dr. David Reed challenged UF College of Design, Construction and Planning students from the Department of Interior Design to create the…

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  • 7 December

    Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Recognizes the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce as Chamber of the Year

    The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) recognized Florida’s top chambers of commerce throughout the state for their outstanding achievement and dedication to the industry. The awards were presented at the organization’s Annual Conference, held December 6-8, 2022, at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Ocala. Annually, FACP recognizes up to three chambers of commerce within Florida that have excelled in a variety of areas, including:  financial stability, membership recruitment and retention; governmental relations; strategic planning;…

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  • 5 December

    Saving Florida’s Coral Reef: An Inside Look at the Florida Coral Rescue Center

    Florida’s coral reef plays an essential role in protecting the coast from storm surges, maintaining a safe haven for hundreds of diverse species, and helping protect against billions of dollars in environmental and property damage. However, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD), poor water quality, overfishing, climate change and other factors have created a sharp decline in the health of the state’s barrier reef. Partnering with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Fish and Wildlife…

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  • Nov- 2022 -
    30 November

    Victoria Colangelo Wins Winter Springs, Florida City Commissioner District 2 Election

      Victoria Colangelo had an impressive victory over Kevin Cannon, eight-year incumbent for the Winter Springs City Commissioner District 2 seat, receiving 53% of the votes. In her campaign, Colangelo raised awareness to issues impacting residents like the Parkstone Artesian Well, water infrastructure challenges facing Winter Springs, and the maintenance of ponds and lakes. In addition, Colangelo spoke about the communications from the City of Winter Springs’ social media accounts, which limit the number of comments…

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