Volume 64 l March 2022
Weekly eConnection
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Membership Edition
Ambassador of the Month
And the next Ambassador of the Month is... Stacy Gillis of Advanced Video Systems!
She was chosen at the Ambassadors' meeting for her continued support and participation in all of our events and committees. Thank you Stacy, from the Ambassadors' Chairman, Richard Boisvert of Oyova, and from all of us at the Chamber!

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who joined the Chamber during the past month. To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz
Fly High Business Builders
Brandon Seigel
10225 Ulmerton Road, Suite B, Largo, FL 33771
Gulfside Home Health
Kirsty Griffin
2061 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes, FL 35639
Pinellas Community Foundation
Duggan Cooley
17755 US Hwy 19 N, Suite 150, Clearwater, FL 33764
Senior Life Publications
David Moss
8431 Brentwood Road, Seminole, FL 33777
Saluting Chamber Loyalty!
Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who renewed during the past three weeks. Their continued loyalty is inspiring! To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz
Alexander Spine Center, 11-Year Member
Bonham Dental Arts, 37-Year Legacy Member
Chris' Carpet Service & Water Restoration, 9-Year Member
Cribb Philbeck Weaver Group, Inc. 5-Year Member
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Co, 18-Year Legacy Member
Keiser University, 13-Year Member
Largo Coin & Currency, 35-Year Legacy Member
S.S. White Technologies, Inc., 3-Year Member
SPCA Tampa Bay, 19-Year Legacy Member
Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation, 16-Year Legacy Member
The Flying Locksmiths, 7-Year Member
(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)
Largo's Community Conversation
A large group of service organization and non-profit leaders met at the Largo Public Library last week to review the city’s recent resident and business survey findings. That led to discussion on Largo’s use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds it will be receiving. According to the survey, the biggest challenges facing businesses are a decline in sales and shortage of skilled employees. Affordable/workforce housing was a major topic of the community conversation. Chamber President Tom Morrissette represented business interests at this important gathering. 
Click here to register or call us at (727)584-2321 for registration instructions.
2022-23 Business & Community Go-to-Guide
Email Zoe at membership@centralchamber.biz to reserve your ad today!
Email Zoe at membership@centralchamber.biz to reserve your ad or click on the image above to download the form.
Coffee An' Networking - Keiser University
Be our Sponsor for only $150!
Logo placement on promos and time at the mic. Register here.
Start your day off with some informal networking!
FREE for Members; $25 for Non-Members
When: Thursday, April 7 at 7:45 AM
Where: Keiser University, 16120 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33764
Thank you to our host & sponsors!
PSTA Cuts Transit Fares in Half to Help with Soaring Gas Prices 
*******As gas prices skyrocket, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is offering half-price fares from March 21st through May 31st, 2022.
*******“Public transportation is the obvious and number one alternative to being held hostage by high gas prices,” said Brad Miller, Chief Executive Officer of PSTA. “Providing current riders additional savings and inviting new riders the option to dump the pump offers local families a significant way to improve their bottom line.” 
*******While PSTA is already a cost-effective transportation option, it will further discount fares paid through the Flamingo Fares card or app. During the promotion, fares will change to:
*******Regular Fares: Single Rides $1.10, Daily cap $2.50, monthly cap $35
*******Reduced Fares: $0.55, Daily cap $1.25, monthly cap $17.50
Additionally, for new Flamingo Card Users, the $3 card fee will be waived if the user loads more than $20 onto their new card. New app accounts will continue to be free.
*******For more about Flamingo Fares, visit https://flamingofares.com/
With Gov. Ron DeSantis vowing to veto a congressional redistricting plan, a lawsuit filed late Friday asks a federal court to set new U.S. House districts that would be used in this fall’s elections.
The return of office workers to downtown Fort Lauderdale from a COVID-19-induced hiatus can be measured in many ways. One of them: the business lunch.
Finishing most of the work in this year’s legislative session, the House and Senate could not work out differences on high-profile insurance and condominium bills.
The pandemic led many parents and students to re-evaluate their attitudes toward alternative forms of education, including online instruction.
The Florida Legislature is poised to approve more than $706 million for a new H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute campus in Pasco County.
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Business & Family Insurors
Cloud Law Firm PA
Duke Energy
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Instead/Be a Santa
Jackson & Associates CPA
Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
National Aviation Academy
Nova Southeastern University - Tampa Bay
Piper Fire Protection
Platinum Information Services
Regions Bank
Spectrum Reach
The Palms of Largo
Valley National Bank
Village Inn
Wealth Builders
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