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Governmental Affairs Update April 29, 2016


This periodic update is intended to keep you informed on issues impacting your business and our community. We encourage you to stay in tune on these activities and to communicate with our elected officials. In addition, you will receive "ACTION ALERTS" during session, or on a local level, as issues arise and we need mass communication with our elected leadership. When the time comes, please respond quickly as our officials need prompt input from their constituents. Thank you for making Bay County a better place to live, work and play!


2016 Spring Classic Golf Tournament :: The Spring Classic is a great tournament to network, do business on the course or just relax and play golf with friends or colleagues. There are many sponsorship opportunities available. Even if you’re not a golfer, the Spring Classic is where your business needs to be. Contact Elizabeth at 850.215.3761 or for more information.


June First Friday :: Join us for First Friday on June 3rd. Networking is at 7:15 a.m. with the program beginning at 8 a.m. at FSU Panama City (4750 Collegiate Drive). Thank you to Southern Light for sponsoring this event. Please use the Collegiate Drive entrance from 23rd Street, as the Highway 98 entrance is closed due to construction.


Classic Christmas Markets Trip :: Join us for a free informational luncheon on June 14th, at Noon in Chamber Boardroom (235 West 5th Street). Bay County Chamber of Commerce presents "Classic Christmas Markets" featuring markets in Strasbourg, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Innsbruck and Munich December 2-10, 2016. Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, 11 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners. For more information, contact or 850.215.3761.


2016 Successful Public Speaking Seminar :: Join us for this informative seminar with Dale Carnegie Training. You'll learn how to communicate with credibility, assess your audience and persuade them to action, organize your thoughts and materials with a central theme, lead effective Q&A sessions, and much more. Registration is now open for this event. For more information, contact Elizabeth at 850.215.3761 or


Color Vibe 2016 :: The Bay County Chamber of Commerce announces it will be partnering with The Color Vibe Race Series to bring the Third Annual Color Vibe 5k Race to Panama City, FL, on Saturday, November 19th. The race will take place at the formally known at the Bay County – Panama City International Airport. A Color Vibe Race Series 5k is a fun 3.1 mile run infused with color. Runners start the race with a clean white shirt to pass through four color stations along the course to end up with a bright and vibrant tie-dye shirt at the finish. The point is not to race, but to literally become a canvas of color, be active, and share a life experience with friends and family. The colored powder thrown at the color stations is simply colored cornstarch that is 100% safe and biodegradable. A portion of the funds raised at the event will go to the Bay County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides programs such as Leadership Bay, Junior Leadership Bay, Bay Young Professionals, Education Committee and more. These programs help educate everyone from high school students to business professionals about the great opportunities Bay County has to offer.


Joining a Bay County Chamber of Commerce committee is a great way to get involved in your community and network for your business. For information on each of our committees, see the list below and find out how to get involved!

Bay Young Professionals
Bay Business Connections
Governmental Affairs
Junior Leadership Bay
Leadership Bay


Education Committee
Military Affairs Committee (MAC)
Public Relations Committee
Leadership Bay Alumni
Tourism Appreciation Month (TAM) Task Force
Local First Responders Appreciation Task Force
Industry Appreciation Celebration


See what our members have to say about the vast benefits of Chamber involvement.


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