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 June 12, 2013
June 12, 2013

Governmental Affairs Update June 12, 2013

May was a very busy month in Governmental Affairs at the Chamber, and will continue to be jam-packed as we tackle on the 2014 Legislative Survey. Watch out for more updates and alerts as we follow the news that affects Bay County.

Bay County Chamber 2014 Legislative Survey

The Governmental Affairs Committee is currently designing the 2014 Legislative Survey and is interested in your input! Please contact Chelsea Hamati at with any political issues or topics you would like to see addressed on the survey. The results from the survey will be used to frame next year's Legislative Agenda and how we promote the Chamber's interests. These are just some of the Bay County strides we have helped achieve based on your input just in 2013:

·          Securing DOT funding for the 23rd Street and Highway 98 Overpass

·          Promoting Florida's safe numeric nutrient water standards

·          Expediting environmental permitting


Roundtable Discussion with Senator Gaetz

On June 5, the Governmental Affairs Committee and Chamber Board of Directors hosted a roundtable discussion with Florida Senate President Don Gaetz. Senator Gaetz spoke about the resurgence of the Florida economy, the new Career and Professional Education Academies to be implemented in Florida high schools, and the impact of federal issues such as healthcare reform and sequestration. To see Senator Gaetz' wrap-up of the 2013 Florida Legislative Session, click here.



Thank you to Senator Gaetz for all your work in representing Bay County's interests in Tallahassee!


Florida Chamber Small Business Index Survey

The Florida Chamber is in need of local Chambers' support in taking their Small Business Index Survey. The purpose of the survey is to obtain the most accurate information about the business climate in Florida to strengthen the 2013 Florida Business Agenda. The deadline to respond to the online survey is Friday, June 28. The Bay County Chamber will forward the results when available for your convenience in July.

To access this short survey, please click here.

Last year's results indicated that the economic uncertainty, implementing ObamaCare, and government regulations were the biggest issues facing Florida's small businesses. The Florida Chamber has been working in Tallahassee and nationally to create a stable and predictable business climate and create jobs.

Disclaimer : The Bay County Chamber is a member of the Florida Chamber but is not directly affiliated with the organization. To learn more about the Florida Chamber, visit or contact Greg Blose at .

Workers' Compensation and Safety Seminars

The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers' Compensation is offering free seminars and webinars for Florida employers through June to September 2013. The seminars are intended to bring valuable safety information to employers. Information and registration forms are attached.

To register for any of the events June through September, please complete the appropriate registration form and email it to or fax it to (813) 233-3742.

Florida House of Representatives - Click here to find and contact your Representative

Florida Senate - Click here to find and contact your Senator

United States House of Representatives - Click here to find and contact your Congressman

Senators of the United States Congress - Click here to find and contact your Senator


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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