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Florida Chamber of Commerce member press releases/updates.

  • May- 2022 -
    16 May

    Verizon boosts investment in Florida to accommodate recent massive, pandemic-related influx of people

    TAMPA, Fla., May 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Since the beginning of the pandemic, Florida has seen people flock to the state, drawn to the unbeatable weather and friendly hospitality, the family fun in the many theme parks throughout the state, and the miles and miles of beautiful coastline. Verizon is responding to Florida’s exponential and unexpected population increase by allocating an additional $149 million to its local capital spending to meet skyrocketing demands on…

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  • 16 May

    A first: Scientists grow plants in soil from the moon

    Scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon, a first in human history and a milestone in lunar and space exploration. In a new paper published in the journal “Communications Biology,” University of Florida researchers showed that plants can successfully sprout and grow in lunar soil. Their study also investigated how plants respond biologically to the moon’s soil, also known as lunar regolith, which is radically different from soil found on Earth. This work…

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  • 16 May

    UF first among US public universities in tech transfer for economic return

    The University of Florida ranks first among public universities and second nationwide in a new report that evaluates which U.S. universities are best at moving new discoveries from the lab and into the real world through research commercialization and STEM graduates. The report, “Research to Renewal: Advancing University Tech Transfer,” was produced by Heartland Forward, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that describes itself as a “think and do tank focused on improving economic performance in the…

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  • 16 May

    Boeing Commemorates Second Chance Month

    The White House declared April to be Second Chance Month — raising awareness to the barriers that exist for prisoners reentering society. As you know, Operation New Hope is an organization that works to reduce the time it takes to find work after incarceration by providing workforce development, housing, financial literacy and other social and emotional resources to successfully rebuild lives. Boeing awarded Operation New Hope with a $50,000 grant to continue to provide support…

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  • 9 May

    Florida SBDC Network announces keynote speaker lineup for Small Business Success Summit

    Pensacola, Fla. – The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, today announced keynote speakers for its inaugural Small Business Success Summit, which will take place June 27-28, 2022 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The summit, themed “Contracts, Capital and Connections” will provide opportunities for small business owners from across the state to learn strategies to access capital, win contracts, and make valuable connections. The summit…

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  • 6 May

    Boeing’s Starliner rolls out to the launchpad for OFT-2

    Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) teams rolled out the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft from the factory floor to the Vertical Integration Facility to be mated with an Atlas V rocket ahead of Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2). The company’s second uncrewed flight test for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is targeted for 6:54 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 19, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The uncrewed mission will test the…

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  • 5 May

    Breakthrough Coral Conservation is Critical to Marine Life

    Last month, SeaWorld Orlando and a leading group of coral reef management and conservation leaders announced the successful reproduction of rough cactus coral, a species facing a growing threat of destruction from stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD). The propagation is a momentous leap forward in coral conversation efforts at the Florida Coral Rescue Center, which SeaWorld aquarists help manage. The conservation of coral is crucial as reefs support thousands of species and indicate ocean…

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  • 2 May

    Tampa Maid Foods Appoints Shawn Meaney Its New President & COO

    Lakeland, FL, May 2, 2022. Tampa Maid Foods announced today that Shawn Meaney has been appointed the new President and COO of the company. An experienced business leader, Shawn is succeeding Rod Van Wyngarden and assumes responsibilities on May 2, 2022. Shawn joins Tampa Maid Foods with impressive credentials including 30 years’ experience in the food and beverage manufacturing industries with a strong background in supply chain and manufacturing. He has held senior leadership roles…

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  • Apr- 2022 -
    29 April

    Florida SBDC Network, FloridaMakes Announce Partnership to Aid State’s Small Manufacturers

    Jacksonville, Fla. – The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and FloridaMakes have formalized a strategic partnership to support Florida’s small manufacturers. The partnership will provide greater access to and awareness of Florida SBDC Network and FloridaMakes training and resources for small manufacturers in Florida. The agreement will foster greater communication, cross-referrals, understanding of each other’s services, and collaboration on training and programs for small manufacturers across the state. L-R: Greg Britton, state director…

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  • 25 April

    Small Business Spotlight: Scott Zimmerman, AGPM – A Green Property Manager

    Have a Conversation with Scott Zimmerman, President of AGPM – A Green Property Manager What does your business do? Multifamily Housing – We specialize in the acquisition of general partnership and investor limited partnership, mostly affordably apartment communities with some conventional communities consisting of approximately 6000 units. We also specialize in the acquisition of debt secured by distressed rental apartment communities. We previously served as SEC-registered investment advisors in real estate. What’s your biggest concern…

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  • 25 April

    Member Spotlight: Jacobs Engineering Group

    What does your business do in Florida? Jacobs is a global solutions-provider with a local footprint in Florida. We’ve got over 4,000 multidisciplinary staff in more than a dozen offices and client locations from Miami to the Panhandle. In short, we partner with our clients to solve the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery, and cutting-edge manufacturing. With a global talent force of 55,000 employees, we’ve…

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  • 11 April

    FloridaMakes Enhances Apprenticeship Program with Florida Ready to Work

    Orlando, FL — FloridaMakes has announced a new strategic partnership with Florida Ready to Work, a research-based career readiness program created by Florida law. As a part of this partnership, FloridaMakes will become the first statewide organization to add Florida Ready to Work’s essential soft skills training to their required apprenticeship curriculum. “Apprenticeship programs are integral to FloridaMakes’ mission of improving the performance of Florida’s manufacturing sector, because they help manufacturers find and develop needed…

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  • Mar- 2022 -
    31 March

    Recognizing SeaWorld’s All-Female Vet Team

    To culminate our celebration of Women’s History Month, we want to recognize the incredible work of our all-female veterinary team in Orlando. Whether it’s administering life-saving cancer treatments for a beloved penguin or inspiring the next generation of young women to pursue a STEM career, we can’t understate how fortunate our organization is to have such strong and brilliant veterinarians and technicians on our team. Don’t miss this FOX 35 Orlando story on their work as we…

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  • 25 March

    SeaWorld Orlando is Doubling Efforts to Care for Manatees in Critical Condition

    In response to the ongoing Unusual Mortality Event (UME) impacting manatees, SeaWorld Orlando is expanding its rescue facilities which will effectively double the size of our critical care space, creating the largest capacity in the state of Florida and in the U.S. Once finished, our team will be able to help more than 60 manatees in need of emergency veterinary care. The news was announced at a press conference hosted by SeaWorld in Orlando on…

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  • 23 March

    Small Business Spotlight: Barbara Wilson with Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad, LLC (FGA)

    Have a Conversation with Barbara Wilson, President & CEO with Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad, LLC (FGA) What does your business do? FGA is a freight railroad based in Tallahassee with over 400 miles of track running between Baldwin in the east and Pensacola in the west. Our railroad parallels Interstate 10 and is critically important to serving industries that need to transport bulk materials. FGA moves about 30,000 railcars of freight each year, effectively…

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