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 April 17th
April 17, 2013

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!


Governmental Affairs Update 4/17/2013

Manufacturers Tax Elimination Bill Passes in House Committee

The Economic Affairs Committee passed House Bill 391 yesterday supporting Governor Rick Scott's initiative to eliminate the Manufacturer's Sales Tax. Joe Tannehill, Jr and Wayne Stubbs testified in front of the committee on behalf of Bay County.

The Chamber would like to thank Mr. Tannehill and Mr. Stubbs for their testimony and all the Chamber membership who reached out and contacted Florida representatives. We would also like to thank local Representative Jimmy Patronis for helping the bill move through committee. Their efforts will help create high-skill, high-wage jobs by making Florida's economy more competitive.

We continue to urge the membership to reach out to Florida representatives to make this bill law. For more information on eliminating the Manufacturer's Sales Tax, please click here.

Community Announcement from the Bay County Planning and Zoning Division

The Bay County Planning & Zoning Division, 840 W. 11th Street, Panama City, Florida, provides flood zone information and elevation determinations on property located within the unincorporated areas of Bay County.  You may request this information by calling (850) 248-8250.  Additional information is available at the Bay County Library.  Digital maps may be viewed at


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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