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Legislative Session Ends

2018 Annual Legislative Breakfast

Seats are filling up fast!! Register online at our 'Events' page. Contact Darryl Henderson or Melissa Reddington at the Chamber office if you have any questions, or have any issues with registration.


2018 Legislative Session down to the wire; Budget deal reached

Florida lawmakers have reached an agreement on an $87 billion budget, leaders for the House and Senate said Wednesday afternoon.

Six Months Later, Irma by the Numbers

Florida recovery from Hurricane Irma continues to progress six months later due to private and public partnerships—and the hard work of survivors.

Private entities and different levels of government have joined together to advance recovery many ways. Accomplishments include cleaning up, creating solutions to keep displaced survivors near home, developing recovery plans with communities and advancing financial help so Floridians could start repairing and rebuilding.

Much has been accomplished but the recovery partnership will continue working together for the long haul.

Coalition of Tampa Bay leaders taking $20 million transit ask to Washington, D.C.

Representatives of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority are heading to Washington, D.C. later this month to lobby federal officials for help funding the proposed Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit line connecting downtown St. Petersburg to the Gulf beaches.

Tech Data muscles past Publix for the No. 1 spot among Tampa Bay companies

Tech Data Corp.  posted a record $36.8 billion in sales in its just-ended fiscal year, a 40 percent increase from a year earlier.

The gain elevated Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD) to the No. 1 spot among Florida public companies based on revenue.

Tech Data also surged past  Publix Super Markets  Inc., the Lakeland-based grocery that had  $34.8 billion in total revenue in 2017  and has been the longtime largest company in Tampa Bay.

Bloomberg favors North Carolina, Florida metros over Atlanta for new Apple campus

While Atlanta is considered a favorite — if a  bit less so  in recent weeks — to land  Amazon’s  (NASDAQ: AMZN) $5 billion HQ2, the city might be a long-shot in the Apple campus horserace.

Apple Inc . (NASDAQ: AAPL), in January announced plans for a new U.S. campus as part of a broader plan to create 20,000 jobs in the U.S. The new campus, part of a planned $30 billion in capital expenditure over the next five years, will initially house customer tech support employees.

That  positions Atlanta  — the Bangalore of the U.S. — as a contender.

Bloomberg, however,  doesn't think so .

Based on factors, such as human capital, tax incentives, transportation, existing Apple offices and data center, the company “seems likely to choose among northeastern states such as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and upstate New York; North Carolina and Florida in the Southeast; and Midwestern states like Illinois and Wisconsin,” Bloomberg noted in a joint analysis with Moody Analytics.

2018 Public Policy & Business Development Schedule

The meeting schedule remains the same - the third Tuesday of each month. Please note that there will be no meeting in the months where we have major events scheduled.

Your assistance and input in planning these events and providing sponsorship is greatly appreciated. Contact Darryl Henderson for more information.

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

March - 2018 Legislative Breakfast (no meeting)

April - Forward Pinellas – Rt. 60, Causeway Dedicated Lane, etc.

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

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

July - Politics in Pinellas: SPC Clearwater (no meeting)

August - Candidate Forum/Town Hall: “Regional Transportation” (no meeting)

September - Candidate Forum/Town Hall: “[whatever the hot issue is]” (no meeting)

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

November - Joint Tourism Partners/PP-BD meeting

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

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?

 Next Public Policy/Economic Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday April 17, 2018 7:45 am, CRCC Boardroom