Florida Chamber Member News

  • Nov- 2022 -
    30 November

    First Federal Bank’s John Medina, President and CEO, to serve as North Central Florida Regional Chair for Florida Chamber of Commerce

    First Federal Bank is honored to announce that their President and CEO, John Medina, has accepted the role of North Central Florida Regional Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce for 2023. John has been active with the Florida Chamber for over 30 years and has served on their Board of Directors since 2010. John joined First Federal as the Chief Banking Officer in 2018, before assuming his current leadership role. Originally from the Dominican…

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  • 28 November

    Polk State College to celebrate 127th commencement on December 8

    Polk State College will host its 127th commencement ceremony on Thursday, December 8, at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, where members of the Fall 2022 Graduating Class will celebrate with their families, friends, and supporters. “It is an honor to recognize our graduates as we celebrate their milestone accomplishments during a momentous commencement ceremony,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “Whether they continue to higher levels of education or enter the workforce, Polk…

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  • 23 November

    Supporting Diverse Species Impacted by Hurricane Ian

    Hurricane Ian didn’t just displace and impact humans but also wildlife, habitats, and organizations that support them. To aid recovery efforts, the SeaWorld Conservation Fund has distributed emergency grants to 10 Florida zoological and wildlife rescue organizations that care for numerous species, including big cats, iguanas, lemurs, seabirds, sea turtles, wolves, and others. Some of the grant recipients include the Naples Zoo, Zoological Disaster Rescue, Response and Recovery (ZDR3), the largest zoological response organization in…

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  • 16 November

    WM Marked America Recycles Day with Announcement of $75 Million Commitment to Build New WM Recycling South Florida facility

          WM (formerly Waste Management) recently announced plans to invest $75 million to construct the new WM Recycling South Florida facility. The state-of-the-art, 127,000-square-foot recycling facility will be built on a 12-acre parcel adjacent to WM’s existing Reuter Recycling Facility in Pembroke Pines. The site is just north of the Miami-Dade/Broward County line and is already zoned for a recycling processing facility. “WM Recycling South Florida is planned to be the largest and…

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  • 16 November

    Boeing-Built Space Launch System Core Stage Powers First NASA Artemis Mission to Moon

    NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, powered by the Boeing [NYSE: BA] -built core stage, lifted off at 1:47 a.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center. Eight and a half minutes into flight, the core stage completed its mission and separated from the upper stage of the rocket, sending NASA’s Orion spacecraft on its first journey around the Moon. “Today, this country now has a super-heavy lift launch capability for the first time in 50 years,” said Jim Chilton, senior vice…

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  • 15 November

    Helios Education Foundation Donates $200,000 to the Florida College System Foundation to Assist Students Impacted by Hurricane Ian

    Tallahassee, Fla., November 14, 2022 — Today, the Helios Education Foundation awarded the Florida College System Foundation $200,000 to assist state college students impacted by Hurricane Ian. The generous donation will provide needed support for students attending Southwestern State College, South Florida State College, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Daytona State College, Seminole State College and Valencia College. The funds are available for currently enrolled students to use for instructional materials, housing, transportation, childcare, utilities…

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  • 14 November

    First-generation UF alumnae reshape the future of education in Haiti

    When UF alumnae Bertrhude Albert and Priscilla Zelaya were undergraduate roommates at the University of Florida in 2009, they never imagined their careers would involve making a global impact together. But the pair, recently awarded the 2022 UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development, have more than achieved their own dreams. Through the non-profit they started together, the two have helped a generation of teachers in Haiti transform their teaching methods into effective, student-centered strategies that cultivate critical…

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  • 14 November

    Jacksonville’s Top Leaders Honored At Annual First Coast Business Hall of Fame

    Jacksonville, November 2022  –  The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) inducted five local business professionals who are “Growing a Better Tomorrow” into its 23rd annual First Coast Business Hall of Fame awards ceremony on November 2, 2022. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Event & Selection Committee Chair, Darnell Smith of Florida Blue, welcomed the class of 2022: HENRY BROWN of Miller Electric Company, RAY DRIVER JR. of Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne…

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  • 14 November

    Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority to Solicit Request of Qualifications (RFQs) for Real Estate Advisory Services

    November 14, 2022 (Tampa, Fla.) – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is soliciting Request of Qualifications (RFQs) for real estate advisory services. Qualified firms capable of assisting the Authority in the evaluation of potential transportation strategies and approaches for the optimal utilization of certain Authority-owned real estate properties throughout downtown Tampa should apply for consideration. It is the Authority’s intent through this RFQ to engage a qualified advisory services team to assist the agency…

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  • 14 November

    Guident Selected to Provide Autonomous Shuttle Services

    Guident Corp. (“Guident”) has been selected by Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) to provide an autonomous shuttle service for a 2.1-mile fixed route with eleven stops within BRiC and connecting to the Boca Raton Tri-Rail station, the most frequented station in South Florida. The service will utilize an autonomous vehicle integrated with Guident’s Remote Monitor and Control Center (RMCC) located at BRiC. Guident’s patented software solution provides an added layer of safety for autonomous shuttle services…

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