Volume 71 l May 2022
 
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President's Edition & Promotions
From the President's Desk...
President’s Report
******Welcome to May! The month when Florida unofficially kicks-off its summer season. We celebrate Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Weekend and anxiously prepare for the annual tropical storms’ marathon.
******Looking back, April was a whirlwind for your Chamber. Coffee an’Networking, new member presentations and a business ribbon-cutting brought many of us together. And, after a two-year hiatus, we held our signature Springtime Expo. The reviews were great! Thanks to everyone who participated. We’re looking forward to our Autumn/Halloween themed Business Showcase in October.
******In a couple of weeks – May 18 – we’re holding our City of Largo Outlook Breakfast at Pinellas Technical College. The program will include a look at the new Horizon West project featuring Largo City Hall.  Information/registration link is below.
******Coming soon, additional education sessions through our new ChamberSMART! initiative and a Women’s Leadership Committee program/breakfast on inclusion & diversity. We also have a Chamber Casino Night in the planning that will be fun for all. Reach out to me if you’d like to help with that.
******I hope to catch up with you soon at one of our events or committee meetings.
******All the best for a happy and prosperous month!
Tom Morrissette 
Even More Photos from our 2022 Business in Springtime Expo!
Thank you everyone for being a part of our Expo! A special thanks to our Passport Partners: Piper Fire Protection, Spectrum Reach, Fly High Business Builders and Professional Systems Printing & Promotions.
Check out the video here. Shout out to Advanced Video Systems for the photos!
Piper Fire Protection - FootGolf Next Friday!
The City of Largo is hosting a Career Fair on Friday, May 13 from 10am-2pm at the Largo Public Library (120 Central Park Drive) in the Jenkins Wing. 
The event will feature several City departments seeking talented candidates in a variety of areas from public safety to recreation leaders, custodial to utilities team members and everything in between.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume and contact information. Computers will be on-site to apply online during the job fair or to sign up for job alerts when new positions open.
Admission is free. Visit Largo.com/Jobs to view current job openings. For questions or more information, please contact Largo Human Resources at 727-587-6716 or hrinfo@largo.com.  
Current Summer Job Openings in Largo Recreation, Parks, and Arts. New hires who complete the entire 10 weeks of summer are eligible to receive up to $300 in incentives. Job opportunities available for 16+ (lifeguards) and 18+ (camp counselors).
Summer jobs include hosting field trips, playing sports and games, exploring the outdoors, and providing safe atmosphere for summer camp kids. Apply at Largo.com/Jobs.
New Member Plaque Presentation
(From left to right: Gamal Megherfi of First Citizens Bank, Wendy Swertfeger of LegalShield/IDShield, Brandon Seigel of Fly High Business Builders, Kay McKenzie of Check Before Hire and Shelby Davis of Fly High Business Builders)
Last week your Chamber and the Ambassadors' Team welcomed new member Fly High Business Builders with a Member Plaque presentation! Visit their office located on 10225 Ulmerton Road, Suite 8B, Largo. For their contact information check out their business listing in our Business Directory.
As COVID-19 testing continues to recede in Florida, it is far behind other states in tracking the virus with promising technology that relies on wastewater.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it will “immediately” increase staffing at a major air traffic control center in Florida to handle airlines’ surging numbers of flights to the Sunshine State.
Workplace safety is more important now than ever. Between 2011 to 2018, Florida ranked 34th in the nation with 1,950 workplace fatalities, and nearly 28% of those fatalities occurring in construction alone.
In the intervening months since Russia invaded Ukraine, oil prices have risen, inflation has increased, and the state of Florida has reportedly lost millions due to investment in Russia.
After providing more than 200,000 pounds of lettuce to starving manatees because of depleted seagrass beds in state waters, efforts are already underway to prepare for next winter.
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
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