Member News

Florida Chamber of Commerce member press releases/updates.

  • May- 2021 -
    25 May

    Joe Waggoner, Executive Director and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Announces 2022 Retirement

    May 25, 2021 (Tampa, Fla.)  – After four decades in the transportation industry, Joe Waggoner, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), has announced his intention to retire in February 2022. THEA’s Board of Directors accepts this news with regret – and with gratitude for Waggoner’s 14 years of remarkable service to the agency. Waggoner has built a legacy of organizational leadership, fiscal acumen, and innovation throughout his distinguished…

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  • 17 May

    Wells Fargo launches Banking Inclusion Initiative to accelerate unbanked households’ access to affordable transactional accounts

    Wells Fargo today announced the Banking Inclusion Initiative, a 10-year commitment to help unbanked individuals gain access to affordable, mainstream, digitally-enabled transactional accounts – a meaningful entry point to fully participating in the economy and achieving financial stability. The initiative will focus on reaching unbanked communities and, in particular, helping remove barriers to financial inclusion for Black and African American, Hispanic, and Native American/Alaska Native families, which account for more than half of America’s 7 million…

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  • 12 May

    Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces Florida’s ‘Return to Work’ Initiative

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Florida’s ‘Return to Work’ initiative. This initiative is focused on encouraging Floridians to return to the workforce, helping employers attract job seekers, and continuing to fuel the state’s economic growth. Governor DeSantis recently issued Executive Order 21-102, which lifts all local COVID-19 restrictions and mandates on individuals and businesses. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida remained open for business, and this action reinforces the Governor’s commitment to helping…

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  • 6 May

    PNC Bank Celebrates 11th Annual Women In Business WEEK

    PITTSBURGH, May 6 2021 – PNC Bank is proud to announce its 11th annual Women in Business Week, which will be held virtually May 10 – 14, 2021. Through this annual event, PNC provides female financial decision makers – from business owners and executives to women who may be managing their finances for the first time – with an opportunity to glean valuable insights for themselves, their families and businesses. The events will be all…

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  • 6 May

    JAX LNG Tripling Liquefaction, Doubling Storage Capacity

    JACKSONVILLE, FL – May 6, 2021 – The JAX LNG facility located along the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida, is expanding its capacity—tripling liquefaction to 360,000 gallons a day and doubling LNG storage to 4 million gallons. The expansion is expected to be placed in service by early 2022 and will support a new long-term LNG supply agreement with a major maritime company for its dual-fueled ships. JAX LNG began operations in 2018 and is…

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  • 6 May

    Florida Chamber Foundation & Florida Prepaid College Foundation Announce New Program to Provide Path to College for Florida’s Children Living in Poverty

    Path to Prosperity Scholarship Program is part of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s mission of breaking the generational poverty cycle through its Florida Equality of Opportunity Initiative. Program seeks to raise $10 million in matching funds from Florida businesses, organizations and private donors for college scholarships. The Florida Prepaid College Foundation will match those contributions dollar-for-dollar. Total impact of $20 million will benefit more than 2,500 students. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As part of the Florida Chamber…

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  • 3 May

    Gas South Becomes Natural Gas Leader in Florida Commercial Market

    ATLANTA  – Gas South, the largest retail natural gas provider in the Southeast, announced today the final stage in the transition of its Infinite Energy customers in Florida, as they officially became Gas South customers on May 1, 2021. The transition began with the acquisition of Infinite Energy in December 2020, with the Gainesville, Fla.-based energy provider operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Gas South since the deal was completed. “This is a day…

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  • Apr- 2021 -
    29 April

    Enrollment at Florida Virtual School Full Time to Open on May 3, Flex Kindergarten-12 Options Also Available

    With the end of the 2020-21 school year approaching – for many students, the first full school year attending virtually – parents are facing the decision on how to move forward. Beginning May 3, students can apply for the full-time program at Florida Virtual School (FLVS), while families that would like to incorporate one or more online courses as part of their education plan for the upcoming school year, can enroll in FLVS Flex year-round. As school districts across Florida continue…

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  • 29 April

    Boeing’s 1st Core Stage for NASA’s Space Launch System Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida — A Boeing-built [NYSE: BA] rocket core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System was unloaded from a barge today at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center and moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building. The 212-foot (65-meter) core stage will be stacked with a Boeing/United Launch Alliance Interim Cryogenic Upper Stage, two solid rocket boosters, a Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter and the Orion spacecraft. Teams will prepare the SLS to launch Orion on…

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  • 28 April

    FPL arborists help keep lights on for customers while caring for trees on Arbor Day and year-round

    JUNO BEACH, Fla. – With National Arbor Day approaching on April 30, Florida Power & Light Company is highlighting the important work of the company’s team of specially trained arborists, who help ensure reliable service for customers while caring for the health of trees. Trees and vegetation blowing into overhead power lines are a leading cause of power flickers and outages. To keep lines clear so the company can keep the lights on for its…

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  • 27 April

    EFSC Launching ‘Technician Boot Camp’ for Local Industry

    April 27, 2021 – Eastern Florida State College along with the Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida’s Space Coast and FloridaMakes is launching a new hands–on training program called “Technician Boot Camp” designed for the Space Coast manufacturing industry. The 32–week intensive training course will begin this fall on EFSC’s Titusville and Palm Bay campuses and is offered through Brevard Schools Adult Education. “This program is another example of how the college is working closely…

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  • 27 April

    PNC Announces $88 Billion Community Benefits Plan

    The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) today announced a Community Benefits Plan to provide $88 billion in loans, investments, and other financial support to bolster economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income (LMI) individuals and communities, people and communities of color, and other underserved individuals and communities over a four-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2022. The Plan – developed in connection with the anticipated regulatory approval and closing of PNC’s pending acquisition of BBVA USA Bancshares, Inc., including its…

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  • 26 April

    $11.2 million in grants awarded to address food security, mental well-being and health equity by Florida Blue Foundation

    A behavioral health program to help child trauma victims. A food pharmacy program that provides prescriptions for healthy food. A cultural and linguistic educational curriculum to enhance medical provider-patient interactions. These are just a few programs in Florida that are sharing more than $11 million in grants from the Florida Blue Foundation to improve food security, mental well-being and health equity. The Florida Blue Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the state’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, announced grants to…

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  • 22 April

    SeaWorld Joins Group of Leaders to Establish the Florida Coral Rescue Center

    In response to an impending environmental crisis sweeping across the Florida Reef Tract, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is proud to join a leading group of coral reef management and conservation leaders in establishing the Florida Coral Rescue Center. The nation’s largest state-of-the-art facility is being utilized for gene banking and to care for rescued coral not yet affected by stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD). Under the guidance of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums…

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  • 20 April

    Leading US hospitals team up to promote COVID-19 vaccination

    CLEVELAND, Ohio, and ROCHESTER, Minn. — A coalition of 60 top hospitals and health care institutions have joined forces in a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Led by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, the campaign “Get the Vaccine to Save Lives” is designed to reassure the public that vaccines are safe, effective and necessary to achieve herd immunity and return to normal activities. “We’re asking people to talk to their health care providers if they have…

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