April 6, 2018
Hill Ward Henderson has as its cornerstone an obligation and a commitment to our valued clients to provide the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and competence to ensure the timely, efficient delivery of high quality legal services. The dividend to our firm has been the long-term relationships we have developed with our clients and with the Tampa community.
2018 Florida Chamber Legislative Report Card
CONGRATULATIONS to Representative Ben Diamond!
T he Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate award recognizes lawmakers who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-business legislation -- no matter how difficult -- and furthered the Florida Chamber’s goals of securing Florida’s future through job creation and economic development.
“We’re pleased to recognize members of the Florida Legislature with Distinguished Advocate awards who had the courage to put free enterprise principles for job creation above special interest,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

Among this year's award recipients - District 68 Representative Ben Diamond. Congratulations to Representative Diamond on a job well done!

These 24 ideas could be on Florida’s ballot in November
The most powerful committee of the Constitution Revision Commission is meeting this week to decide how to present the 24 ideas that have emerged as their top priorities to voters in November.

The 2017 Economic Census is Coming!
The U.S. Census Bureau measures the nation's population once every 10 years. It also measures U.S. businesses every 5 years with the Economic Census. Companies who receive the 2017 Economic Census are required by law to respond. The due date is June 12, 2018.

Information is available at the link below.

2018 is an Election Year!
Visit the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website for information on candidates, voting locations, and volunteering to be an election poll worker!

SAVE THE DATE - Politics in Pinellas - August 2, 2018
Politics in Pinellas is a Chamber-hosted event, where we invite all candidates for the November Election to Pinellas County to meet the public. This year's event will take place at the St. Petersburg College Epicenter facility on 58th Street North in Clearwater, on Thursday, August 2nd. More information to come - Stay Tuned!!
Sugar Sand Festival 2018
The 2018 Sugar Sand Festival is looking for Volunteers from our Chamber member businesses.

If your company and/or employees would like to volunteer, they should Darryl Henderson or Kristina Alspaw at the Chamber offices (727-461-0011), or Email the Chamber .
A persistent voice at City Hall, Bill Jonson ends fourth term on the Clearwater council
Over four total terms in office, Jonson, 73, has earned a reputation for being unwaveringly devoted to residents and neighborhoods, and attentive to the smallest details of local government, right down to issues like sidewalks, signage and landscaping. His weekly, annotated list of questions became a City Hall routine that regularly sent staff off to chase details about streetlight fixtures, budget reports and other matters .

UPDATED 2018 Public Policy & Business Development Schedule

The meeting schedule remains the same - the third Tuesday of each month.

February - 2018 Legislative Update; Clearwater Ferry; Call To Action

March - 2018 Legislative Breakfast March 15

April - Forward Pinellas – Rt. 60, Causeway Dedicated Lane, etc. Spring Break traffic/transit update

May - Smart Cities/Emerging Technologies/Autonomous Vehicles – Columbus, Ohio

June - Imagine Clearwater – Stantech update, City update, Sports Tourism

July - Politics in Pinellas - August 2 (date tentative, location TBD)
2019 Legislative Agenda

August - Candidate Forum/Town Hall: “Regional Transportation”

September - Workforce Development: SPARK, Business Supplier Diversity, PTC/SPC partnerships

October - Candidate Forum/Town Hall: "Election Issues"

November - Joint Tourism Partners/PP-BD meeting

December - PARTY!! End of the year holiday social: City, PP-BD, Forward Pinellas.

Please note that we have revised the schedule to include PP/BD meetings EVERY month!

We need YOUR business to sponsor events!

Contact Darryl Henderson for more information.

Economic Development Initiatives of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce are sponsored by BayCare Health Systems.

Darryl J. Henderson
VP, Public Policy & Business Development

Questions or comments?

The Public Policy & Business Development Committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 7:45 am, in the CRCC Boardroom.

Next Meeting:

Tuesday April 17, 2018