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





Governmental Affairs Update, January 30th
January 30, 2013

Chamber Makes Trip to State Capitol


            Members from your Bay County Chamber Governmental Affairs Committee traveled to Tallahassee on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, to meet with our legislators and decision makers at the State Capitol.  The team members were:  Larry Carroll, Chairman-Elect of the Chamber; Rob Jackson, Government Affairs Chairman; Dan Rowe, TDC Director; Neal Wade, EDA Director; Pam Anderson, Captain Anderson Marina; and, Carol Roberts, Chamber President/CEO.  They went to Tallahassee to highlight the legislative issues important to Bay County and our business community.  


            The meetings went very well.  The group met with Senate President, Don Gaetz; House Speaker Pro-tem Representative Marti Coley; DOT Assistant Secretary Brian Blanchard, and District Secretary Tommy Barfield; DEP Assistant Secretary Mimi Drew and her Restore Act team; our own Representative Jimmy Patronis; and Speaker of the House Will Weatherford. Northwest Florida is represented very well in leadership positions in both the House and Senate this term.  These next few years could be a unique opportunity to ensure that issues important to the Chamber and Northwest Florida are considered by our Legislature and governmental agencies.


            The Chamber's legislative agenda was well received.  The legislature and agency leaders asked excellent questions that showed they were aware of issues important to us. We acquired plenty of feedback and direction. Bottom line, we anticipate good things coming out of this Legislative Session, especially in the areas of transportation and job creation.  Click here to view the 2013 Legislative Agenda.

FDOT To Make Announcement


The Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad will be making a special announcement about their strategic transportation investments in Northwest Florida.  Senate President Don Gaetz and Representative Jimmy Patronis will also be present.  The public is cordially invited to attend.


Thursday, Jan. 31st

8:30 a.m.

NW Florida Library Community Room

898 W. 11th St.

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Capitol Days

March 6-8, 2013

Tallahassee, Fl


Join Florida's top elected leaders, business owners and leading executives to review the 2013 Florida Chamber Business Agenda and discuss ways we can work together to unite the efforts of Florida's business community.


Register at   

Hotel Information:  Hotel Duval at (800) 224-6000.

Be sure to ask for Florida Chamber rate.


If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact one of our staff members.




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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