Member News

Florida Chamber of Commerce member press releases/updates.

  • Apr- 2021 -
    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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  • 19 April

    FPL takes smart technology underground

    For more than a dozen years, smart technology used on the traditional overhead energy grid has played a key role in Florida Power & Light Company’s efforts to provide America’s best energy value. Energy that is not just clean and the most reliable in the country – but also affordable. With more than 5 million smart meters and over 155,000 intelligent devices installed along the grid since 2006, FPL has achieved a nearly 40% improvement…

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  • 19 April

    THEA Donates $2 Million to the City of Tampa to Rebuild Waterfront Parks Along Gandy Corridor

    Tampa, Fla.  – On Monday, April 19, 2021, during the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Selmon West Extension, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) presented a check to Tampa Mayor Jane Castor for $2 million that will go towards the rebuilding of two waterfront parks on the north and south side of Gandy Boulevard near the Gandy Bridge. Both waterfront parks were closed during the construction of the Selmon West Extension and used as a…

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  • 16 April

    PNC Bank Expands its Southeast Florida Region into the Miami-Dade County Area

    MIAMI – PNC Bank announced today the expansion of its Southeast Florida region operations into the Miami-Dade County area. After testing the market in Coral Gables in 2018, PNC will open a 6,000-sq.-ft. office space on the seventh floor of the new Plaza Coral Gables, a 1.2 million-sq.-ft., $90 million-dollar mixed-use development project, which PNC helped finance. The new office will house corporate and commercial banking, wealth management, retail and mortgage groups, and this enhanced…

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  • 16 April

    In Need of Rescue: Florida Coral Rescue Center Established to Help Save Florida Reefs

    Orlando, FL (April 14, 2021) – A diverse group of coral reef management and conservation leaders has banded together to respond to an environmental crisis and save Florida’s coral reefs. The Orlando-based Florida Coral Rescue Center (FCRC) is a state-of-the-art facility established for gene banking and care of Florida corals rescued from reefs not yet affected by the stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) sweeping across the Florida Reef Tract  (Florida’s Coral Reef). As part of…

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  • 12 April

    L3Harris Technologies Named Among Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For

    MELBOURNE, Fla. — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been named among FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2021. This represents L3Harris’ second FORTUNE recognition this year. The company was named among FORTUNE’s 2021 World’s Most Admired Companies in February. “L3Harris’ success is driven by our 48,000 dedicated employees who are committed to excellence and delivering mission-critical solutions to customers around the globe,” said William M. Brown, Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “We strive to establish…

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  • 9 April

    Fidelity Expands Hiring into New Geographic Areas and Increases Number of Technologists in Continued Focus to Provide Best-In-Class Customer Experience

    BOSTON – Fidelity Investments,® a diversified financial services firm committed to strengthening and securing its clients’ financial well-being, today announced plans for continued hiring that includes increasing the number of technologists creating digital solutions for customers and expanding into 20+ new U.S. markets to further strengthen the company’s ability to deliver the best customer experience in the industry. This announcement comes on the heels of a year of growth, where Fidelity increased the number of client-facing…

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  • 8 April

    Gulf Coast Repeats as a “Best Nonprofit”

    For the second-straight year, The NonProfit Times has recognized Gulf Coast Community Foundation as one of the “Best Nonprofits to Work For” in the country. The national publication ranked Gulf Coast 17th on its 2021 list of the 50 “Best Nonprofits,” which was published in a special report on April 5. The foundation placed seventh among small organizations (15-49 employees) and was the only community foundation selected. “The ‘Best Nonprofits’ recognition is really a testament to our supportive Board…

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  • 8 April

    Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Announces Opening Date of the Selmon West Extension

    Press Contact: Sally Dee sdee@playbookpublicrelations.com (813) 789-7122 (cell) (Tampa, Fla.)  – Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announces its plan to open the Selmon West Extension. This elevated 1.9-mile toll lane will provide a seamless connection and a safe transportation option for drivers traveling from Brandon to Pinellas County. Construction of the $230 million project began in late 2018 and will be open to the public in the afternoon of April 19, 2021. “This project has…

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  • 7 April

    FDC and CareerSource Florida Partner to Provide Inmates Valuable Employment Skills

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections and CareerSource Florida are partnering to provide training opportunities to incarcerated individuals which will enable them to be successful in securing employment upon restoration to their communities. Previously incarcerated men and women have a high unemployment rate, and through partnerships with CareerSource Florida and other support organizations, FDC is working to help returning citizens overcome that statistic and show communities that they are ready to return. The Florida…

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  • Mar- 2021 -
    24 March

    U.S. Sugar to Expand Domestic Sugar Production to Better Serve Customers

    CLEWISTON, FLORIDA— March 24, 2021 — U.S. Sugar announced today it has reached an agreement with Louis Dreyfus Company to acquire the business and assets of Imperial Sugar Company, a port refiner with operations in Georgia and Kentucky. The acquisition returns Imperial Sugar to all-American ownership. “We are excited to combine our operations with Imperial Sugar’s port refinery, consumer brands, and sugar processing capabilities,” said Robert H. Buker, Jr., President and CEO of U.S. Sugar.…

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  • 18 March

    The Boldt Company Earns Platinum Safety Award

    Release date: 3/18/2021 (APPLETON, Wis.) March 18, 2021 – The Boldt Company has received a Platinum Safety Award from ConstructSecure, Inc. This award is presented to companies that register a safety score 95% or greater in the Safety Assessment Program administered by ConstructSecure. ConstructSecure, Inc. is a cloud-based mobile platform used to help clients make smarter risk management decisions by accessing data on safety and financial indicators. The Safety Assessment Program reviews a company’s historic…

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