Member News

Florida Chamber of Commerce member press releases/updates.

  • Jan- 2022 -
    21 January

    Four Rescued Manatee Calves Begin Next Phase of Rehabilitation

    Over the past weekend, SeaWorld teamed up with DHL Express and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to help four rescued manatee calves begin their next phase of rehabilitation. The rescued calves – named Lizzo, Cardi-Tee, MaryKate, and Ashley – were moved after more than a year of treatment at SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Center to make room for more manatees in need of emergency care at SeaWorld Orlando, which houses one of only five manatee…

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  • 20 January

    Governor DeSantis Presents Funds for Truck Driving Program

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visited South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Hardee Campus in Bowling Green today to present Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, SFSC president, with a check in the amount of $415,000 toward the College’s Commercial Vehicle Driver Program. Those funds will be used to purchase state-of-the art driving simulators to train students. Gov. DeSantis said he plans to make Florida the No. 1 state for workforce education in the nation by 2030, as well…

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  • 13 January

    SeaWorld & Partners Rescued 1,000+ Animals in 2021

    2021 was a busy year for SeaWorld Rescue. Experts from all three of our parks mobilized to aid more than 1,145 animals including bottlenose dolphins, manatees, sea lions, seals, sea turtles, sharks, birds and more. With conservation at our core, we always strive to return animals back to their natural environment whenever possible. Two of the 1,000+ rescues were a pair orphaned manatee calves. Weighing in at 70 pounds when they were first rescued, our…

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  • 10 January

    Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Selects Greg Slater as its New Executive Director and CEO

    The Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THEA) has selected Mr. Greg Slater as its next Executive Director and CEO. Mr. Slater will begin work on February 1, 2022. Mr. Slater has over two decades of public service, most recently serving as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). At MDOT State Highway Administration, Mr. Slater worked his way through the ranks, starting his career in Plats and Survey operations, advancing to leadership positions in…

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  • 10 January

    Small Business Spotlight: Al Rogers, Executive Vice President Chief Lending Officer, FL & AL with Valley Bank

    Have a Conversation with Al Rogers, Senior Vice President Chief Lending Officer, FL & AL of Valley Bank What does your business do? We partner with businesses and entrepreneurs to provide access to capital and comprehensive banking services to support their growth. What’s your biggest concern as a small business owner/operator? With constant change and challenges in the business world, especially in this pandemic environment, it is critical that business owners have a partner they…

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  • Dec- 2021 -
    15 December

    Small Business Spotlight – Karen Moore with Moore Inc.

    Have a Conversation with Karen Moore, Founder & CEO of Moore Inc. What does your business do? Moore is a globally top-ranked integrated communications agency headquartered in Tallahassee with locations in West Palm Beach, Denver and New Orleans. The firm is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of experts, skilled in branding, advertising, digital marketing, public relations, media relations, advocacy and crisis communications. Representing Fortune 500 companies and small organizations alike, Moore gets results that matter.  What’s your…

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  • Nov- 2021 -
    30 November

    PIFF: Keep the Focus on Consumers

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 30, 2021) – The Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF) today released its policy priorities for 2022. PIFF’s focus remains on addressing challenges in the insurance marketplace, in order to lower rates, expand choices and foster competition. “The greatest challenges in Florida are rising rates in the property market,” said Michael Carlson, president and CEO of PIFF. “These increases are caused largely by roofing claims and litigation. In addition, recent Personal Injury…

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  • 9 November

    Wells Fargo awards StartUP FIU Food grant to help local food entrepreneurs recover from pandemic

    MIAMI (Nov. 9, 2021) — Wells Fargo yesterday awarded an Open for Business Fund grant to Florida International University (FIU) to launch a robust, virtual platform at StartUP FIU Food, a small business incubator that serves food and beverage micro-entrepreneurs in South Florida. The $750,000 grant is projected to offer online resources to more than 1,000 small businesses to help them recover and emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Small business owners who currently participate in…

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  • 9 November

    Helping Save the Manatee with 1,300 Rescues, Rehabilitations and Returns

    As we enter Manatee Awareness Month, the population faces an unprecedented crisis with a record Unusual Mortality Event (UME) that threatens to return these iconic sea mammals to the endangered species list. Manatees play an important role in the overall marine ecosystem and it’s crucial that we come together now to help them before they are gone forever. As the largest manatee rescue operation in the world, SeaWorld has completed nearly 1,300 manatee rescues, rehabilitations,…

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  • 3 November

    Small Business Council Spotlight – Whitney Doyle of Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)

    Have a Conversation with Whitney Doyle, Executive Director of Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) What does your business do? FAAST gives people who have disabilities and employers options to try out and be trained on assistive technology at no cost before they purchase a device to be used in the workplace. FAAST can assist with providing a no-cost, short-term assistive technology accommodation to assist during the interview process, as well as help…

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  • Oct- 2021 -
    28 October

    Nemours Children’s Health Underscores the Importance of Children to Florida’s Future at Florida Chamber Kickoff Event

    Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2021) — Inspiring the business community and policymakers to partner with Nemours Children’s Health was the goal of “The Future of Children’s Health in Florida,” a breakfast event that served as a kickoff to the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s annual Future of Florida Forum in Orlando on Wednesday. At the event, Robert Bridges, Enterprise Executive Vice President and Chief Executive of Florida Operations for Nemours Children’s Health, and a Florida Chamber…

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  • 27 October

    Boeing Breaks Ground for New Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Facility in Jacksonville

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27, 2021 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today broke ground to begin construction of a new 370,000 square-foot maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility located at Cecil Airport that, once complete, will support Boeing’s ability to deliver readiness outcomes for U.S. government customers. The facility will include eight new hangars, additional work space and offices where Boeing maintainers, engineers and data analysts will support U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft. The facility’s close…

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  • 26 October

    PSC unanimously approves FPL’s four-year rate settlement agreement, keeping bills low and accelerating U.S.’s largest solar buildout

    Developed jointly with the state’s Office of Public Counsel, the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Industrial Power Users Group and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the agreement supports FPL’s continued long-term investments in infrastructure, clean energy and innovative technology Directly supports the largest solar buildout in the United States, including 16 million solar panels across more than 50 new sites Typical FPL residential customer bill is expected to remain well below the national average through…

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  • 22 October


    MIAMI – October 22, 2021– CITY Furniture, South Florida’s premier furniture store, is proud to announce the launch of its new CITY Trade program, a members-only trade initiative empowering architectural, interior design and building industry professionals to deliver world-class results while accessing exclusive savings, end-to-end personalized trade concierge services, private events, specialized training, and other benefits. The CITY Trade program is designed for interior designers, stagers, builders, and developers in Florida. Program members will enjoy…

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  • 8 October

    Christina Zorn, J.D., named Mayo Clinic’s chief administrative officer

    ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has named Christina Zorn, J.D., chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic. She will succeed Jeff Bolton, who announced in August that he will retire from Mayo Clinic on Nov. 30. “I extend my sincere congratulations to Christina in her new role as Mayo Clinic’s chief administrative officer,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic’s president and CEO. “She is a values-driven servant leader with a strong track record of contributions to our organization. She brings unique qualifications…

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