Volume 111 l February 2023

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President's Edition & Members' Promotions

From the President’s Desk…

*****Later in the month, a delegation representing your Chamber will be up in Tallahassee taking part in the Florida Chamber of Commerce 2023 Legislative Fly-in. It’s a great opportunity to address our regional business issues at the state level.

*****Topping the agenda – once again – is a qualified workforce. I hear regularly from many of you about the difficulty in finding the right and, more importantly, reliable employees. It continues to be a dilemma of the times and was a top item of concern cited by those who took our recent Chamber Business Survey. (Look for a report of Survey findings in next week’s E-Connection)

*****While there’s no silver bullet approach to tackling today’s workforce issues, we are taking steps to turn the tide. For the past decade, the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee has been working to connect employers with leaders in public and vocational schools and area colleges. Through these connections, we’re seeing success in educators responding to the employment needs of our businesses.

*****This, of course, does not solve the issue of reliability. Having a qualified employee who doesn’t show up to work defeats the purpose! These so called “soft skills,” – dependability, being a team player, social manners – go beyond book smarts. And it’s another concern we will be addressing with our legislators and other state leaders when we’re in Tallahassee.

*****Wishing you a great February!

*****Tom Morrissette, President 

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Cloud Law Firm

Congratulations to our Chair-Elect, Mia Cloud, on the grand opening of her new Cloud Law Firm office! It is located on 2000 West Bay Drive, Largo. Thank you to Mayor Woody Brown, our Ambassadors and Chamber Members for coming out to celebrate with us! Check out the video of the celebrations and ribbon-cutting here. Shout out to Stacy Gillis, of Advanced Video Systems, for the photos.

B2B Happy Hour Networking

When: Thursday, February 16 at 5:30 PM

Where: Slyce Pizza Bar, 311 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

$15 for Members | $25 for Non-Members | $150 Sponsors

Register here

Thank you to our host and sponsors (to date)

Register for the Mid Pinellas Exchange Club Chili Cookoff here.


The NSU Tampa Bay Regional Campus International Dental Program is now open and ready to provide affordable services to community patients. Thirty-eight experienced dentists and orthodontists, with years of experience and from 17 different countries, were selected to study American dentistry at the Clearwater Campus and provide service to community members. The services provided are ideal for uninsured adults, veterans, and seniors. Learn more at NSU Health's Clearwater Dentistry Office | NSU Health (nova.edu)

DeSantis releases proposed $114 billion state budget, a record

Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a record $114.8 billion state budget for 2023-24 that includes a request to spend another $12 million to move migrants from around the country.

Florida's new strawberry variety is white hot

A new strawberry developed at UF with a distinct pale color becomes a national sensation.

New bill would make it riskier to sue to protect undeveloped lands

Floridians would be on the hook to pay when they lose lawsuits that oppose building new homes on undeveloped lands, under a newly filed bill.

Pass rates continue to fall at Florida nursing schools, data shows

Nursing staffs at Florida hospitals have been plagued by high turnover and a large number of vacancies, with projections that the state will be short nearly 60,000 nurses by 2035.

Governor ‘anticipates’ special session on Disney’s Reedy Creek next week

Gov. Ron DeSantis is expecting a special session next week to consider the proposed state takeover of Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District.

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