Bay County Chamber of Commerce
   
 

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

235 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401

 

Phone: 850.785.5206

Fax: 850.763.6229

 

 

 

 

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Mission Statement

 

To monitor activities of the city, county, state, and federal governmental entities and enhance the working relationship between the Chamber and governmental leaders to ensure a business friendly environment.

What We Do

 

The Governmental Affairs Committee acts as a liaison between Bay County’s public officials and the Chamber’s membership. In addition to following local, state and federal issues and building relationships with different government entities, the Committee also listens to and acts on the requests of the general membership. The committee conducts many functions including:

Trip to Tallahassee: Chamber leadership travels to the state capital at least once during the legislative session to promote the Chamber's state legislative agenda. Small groups also travel to the capital as needed to address issues that arise. Contact with Federal elected officials and, at times, travel to Washington DC helps to promote our Federal agenda.


Roundtable Discussions: Several times throughout the year the Governmental Affairs Committee host roundtables with elected officials and other events that allow our members to learn about and discuss issues important to the business community. Some notable guest speakers have included both national and state congressmen and senators.

 

 

Grassroots Advocacy: Periodically, Governmental Affairs will send out Governmental Action Alerts and Governmental Affairs Updates to the membership to spread awareness on what our officials and the committee are doing for the community and encourage individual action among members. Past alerts and updates are listed in the Newsfeed. In addition, city and county commission meetings are monitored to keep abreast of any issues that could affect businesses.

Legislative Agenda

 

Every year the Governmental Affairs Committee surveys the membership, researches current policy and creates a federal and state legislative agenda for the year. The issues tackled in the agenda are presented to local, state and federal officials and have made an impact on policy in Bay County. 

To download the 2017 Legislative Agenda, click below.


 

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Contacting Governmental Officials


Writing your local officials about issues affecting you and your business is crucial to the democratic process. The Bay County Chamber encourages its membership and citizens of Bay County to be active in communicating with our local representatives.

 

 

Other Governmental Links

 

Bay County, Florida :: http://www.co.bay.fl.us/

The State of Florida :: http://www.myflorida.com/

The U.S. Government :: http://www.firstgov.gov/

The Florida Legislature :: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/

Bay County Supervisor of Elections :: http://www.bayvotes.org/

Bay County Department of Emergency Management :: http://www.co.bay.fl.us/emergency/management.php

Bay County Tax Collector:: tc.co.bay.fl.us

Bay County Clerk of Courts:: baycoclerk.com

City of Callaway:: www.cityofcallaway.com

City of Mexico Beach:: www.mexicobeach.com

City of Panama City:: www.pcgov.org

City of Panama City Beach:: www.pcbgov.com

City of Springfield:: springfield.fl.gov

City of Lynn Haven:: www.cityoflynnhaven.com

City of Parker:: www.cityofparker.com

 

The committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month and is open to all Chamber members.  To become a member of this committee contact Brandi DeRuiter at brandi@baychamberfl.com or 850.215.3759.

 

 

 


 

 

 

The mission of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is to create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.

 

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