July 20, 2021
Today is the special election to fill the Destin City Council seat vacated by Skip Overdier. Thank you and good luck to the candidates - Jim Bagby, John Green and Bobby Wagner! If you live in the Destin city limits, please do not forget to vote.
Florida's Economy Grows to 15th Largest in the World, Up From 17th
COVID changed the world and the global economy, and the new numbers for 2020 are out, showing Florida's growth compared to the rest of the world. While it may be temporary as other world economies are continuing to rebound from the global pandemic, Florida has moved up two slots from 17th to 15th largest global economy - if Florida were a country. It overtook Indonesia and Mexico. This jump can be attributed to the fact that Florida's economy has recovered more quickly than both the US economy and many countries' economies.

Among other diverse economic growth, Florida's economy has added manufacturing jobs (+6.0%), while the U.S. lost them (-1.7%), landing at #2 in total manufacturing job creation over the past 5 years, and #5 in growth rate.
Gulf Power to Host 24th Annual Economic Symposium
Gulf Power will hold its 24th Annual Economic Symposium on Sept. 14 - 15, at the Sandestin Golf and Bech Resort. This year’s symposium will feature nationally-known speakers who will motivate, excite and “change up” the way we think and do business to ensure continued success for the future of Northwest Florida. Register here.
Destin Forward
Last Chance to Apply to Destin Forward Community Education & Leadership Program
Destin Forward is designed to get you out into the community, interacting with city and business leaders, learning about the history and heritage from those that helped shape it, exploring issues with those that are helping to solve them, and hearing from those that are in the trenches improving lives and the quality of place we enjoy. After a retreat in August, the class will meet once per month through April focusing on topics, such as the environment, waterways, history, tourism promotion, real estate, non-profits, transportation, government affairs, entrepreneurship, and more.

For the application and details, please click here. Applications are due now.
Save $ On Office Supplies
Did you know Destin Chamber members save money on office supplies with Office Depot? Click here to print a store purchasing card to use in the Destin location or visit www.mychamberadvantage.com/Chamber_SignUp to sign up online.
Free Business Consulting With Florida SBDC
Wednesday & Thursday, July 21 - 22
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Florida SBDC at UWF Business Consultant Diana Jernigan is available every Wednesday and Thursday at the Destin Chamber for impromptu meetings assisting new and existing businesses with challenges and opportunities. These meetings are confidential and at no cost to you.
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, August 4
12 - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Amanda Negron, Executive Director of the HSU Educational Foundation, will speak.
Free Business Workshop: Starting a Business
Thursday, August 12 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Destin Chamber

We will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business?
Business Before Hours Sponsored by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
Friday, August 13 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

Please join us for our Aug. 13 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and featuring non-profit partner Shoreline Church.
August 5 - Destin High School

August 19 - Cissy's Cafe

October 7 - Renasant Bank

October 14 - BayView Private Wealth
Thank You To Our Renewing Members
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