Volume 29 l July 2021
Weekly eConnection
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Economic Development Edition
12th Annual Inspire Awards: Nominations deadline July 30th!
The Nomination form is available for download here. Tickets are available for purchase here.
New Member Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Last week we celebrated new member Serafyn Salon with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony! Check them out on their website: serafynsalon.com. The video of the ceremony is up on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98VQxHq0nMg
Thank you everyone for coming out to celebrate with us!
New Largo City Hall moving forward
Rendering of new Largo City Hall
*****The City of Largo has purchased three properties on West Bay Drive for $2.84-milllion completing a multi-parcel assemblage of a city block that will serve as home to its new city hall.
*****Adjacent to five other lots already owned by the City, the newly acquired properties are located at the northwest corner of West Bay Drive and 4th Street NW. Chamber member Paula Clair Smith, CCIM, and Christine Daly of Colliers represented the City in the transaction.
*****“A project of this magnitude represents the city’s willingness to invest in its downtown, indicating confidence in the market and visions for a dynamic and sustainable area,” said Paula, Managing Director at Tampa Bay Colliers. “This site perfectly aligns with the city’s goal to invest in the redevelopment of the West Bay Drive corridor while promoting business growth in downtown Largo.”
*****The City expects to break ground on the project next year. Once completed, the 82,500 square foot building will house every city department, as well as 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Plans also include a parking garage to serve city workers during the day and patrons of downtown businesses after hours.
*****City officials estimate the project at $38.25 million. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2023 or early 2024.
2021 Annual Chamber Community Awards: Nominations now open!
*****Throughout our community and within the organization are many individuals worthy of acclaim.
*****To spotlight their contributions in helping to make our community a better place to live and work, the Chamber each year presents its “Citizen of the Year” and “Mac Norcross Small Business Person of the Year” awards.
*****These distinguished honors will be presented at our 68th Annual Awards Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. It’s with much pomp and circumstance that we add these two individuals to the celebrated company of past recipients.
******Use this link for Awards Criteria, Nomination Form and list of past recipients: https://www.centralchamber.biz/annual-chamber-awards
******Please take the time to consider if there is someone you know who embodies the characteristics of these honors, and submit your nomination(s) by Friday, Sept. 3. If you have any questions, call Tom at 584-2321 or email tom@CentralChamber.biz.
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Join us for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Largo Glass and Budget Blinds!
When: August 11th @ 4:30 p.m.
Where: 1765 Clearwater-Largo Rd. Unit 1 & 2
Register here.
B2B Coffee An' Networking
When: August 24th @ 7:45 a.m.
Where: BioLife - 2178 East Bay Drive, Largo.
Start off your day with some informal networking and a fun “getting to know you” group round robin. Registrations are required in advance.
Register here.
Thank you to our event host and sponsors!
Stop by the office and pick out an ornament!
The coronavirus is surging in Florida in ways not seen since the pandemic summer of 2020. The number of new cases in Florida has nearly doubled in the past seven days.
Employers in Florida hired nearly 70,000 workers in June, doubling May’s job growth despite a marginal increase in the state’s unemployment rate, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).
Last year, the legislature passed the Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act, which is now law. Among other things, the law recognizes a range of out-of-state licenses and reduces or eliminates licensing requirements for more than 30 professions.
In a win for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal appeals court has granted a hold on a U.S. district judge’s ruling that backed Florida in a fight about the cruise-ship industry.
With low home prices, low taxes and a low cost of living, Georgia is an increasingly attractive draw for retirees.
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