Welcome to the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

The Punta Gorda Chamber invites you to explore our city and discover why Punta Gorda, FL has continuously been chosen as one of the best places to vacation, live and work!

“A friendly community with a remarkable past and an exciting future.”

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Welcome to Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is an historic small town, a hidden treasure on Charlotte Harbor.

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The Punta Gorda Chamber is committed to improving the local business climate.

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Welcome to Punta Gorda

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce invites you to explore our city and discover why Punta Gorda has continuously been chosen as one of the best places to live!

“A friendly community with a remarkable past and an exciting future.”

We invite you to share with us a little of the incredible charm of this historic, yet thriving, small city. Nestled on the shores of Charlotte Harbor in sunny Southwest Florida, it is rapidly becoming the IN destination for visitors, residences and businesses alike. You will also find an abundance of local information in our Friday Facts newsletter, where you will find all of our members’ events and promotions. <click here for a Calendar of Events>

“A small city with a very big heart welcomes you! IT’S HAPPENING ON THE HARBOR!”

Punta Gorda on the Rise

Educating Charlotte County's Workforce: A Valuable New Program at FGCU

We love PG High SchoolsStarting Spring 2019, the university will be offering “FGCU Complete,” a program providing a Bachelor’s degree path for candidates who have earned some college credits and want to “complete” their degree. A skilled labor force is the #1 most important factor in site planning for business relocation and expansion.

Get acquainted with CCEDP

The Charlotte County Economic Development Partnership promotes development of business and workforce opportunities in our Punta Gorda area. Their mission is to help facilitate a strong local economy. You can stay apprised of their activities by getting their newsletter.

Punta Gorda listed again in “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire”

Published in November 2018, the book is “your gateway to 100 cities hand-picked by the experts at Where to Retire magazine, the authority on retirement relocation.” You have to buy the book to see where we place! Available on Amazon.

Tourism Sets a Record

Charlotte County tourist development tax collected for fiscal year exceeds $4 million for the first time. During the year 10/1/2017 – 9/30/2018, over $4.1M TDT revenues marked a 4.8% increase over the previous fiscal year. Says the Punta Gorda Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau, “October through June exceeded last year’s TDT collections, however, there was a drop in collections July through September compared to last year which is most likely due to the red tide bloom.”

Relaxing & "Real Friendly"

Punta Gorda is #10 on the list by Travel+Leisure magazine as an affordable winter travel destination. The weather, exciting and relaxing attractions, proximity to larger city areas, and more, bring to our city an ever-growing number of winter visitors. Kudos to the many businesses and Chambers for working to make this happen!

New City Council sworn in

City of Punta Gorda, FL logoAt the PG City Council meeting the day after elections, the new council members were sworn in. Congrats to incumbents Jaha Cummings & Lynne Matthews; and to Debbie Carey, new council member. Our new mayor is Nancy Prafke, former Team Punta Gorda head and 6-year council member. Vice mayor is Lynne Matthews.

Sunseeker News

Micah Richins, executive VP & COO of the Resort, announced that current plans call for construction of ~500 hotel rooms in a main resort building and another 160 – 180 condominium units in two towers as part of the $420M Phase 1. Vertical construction is anticipated to start in February.

Speaking of Bugs…

air-potato-leaf-beetleUniv. of Florida has found a beetle that eats the highly-invasive Air Potato plant that is suffocating landscaping and natural areas of vegetation here in Southern Florida. The Air Potato Leaf Beetle, from Nepal, eats only air potato leaves, decimating the plant and self-managing its population with the level of its food source.  You can request the beetles from UF or USDA. For more information, visit http://bcrcl.ifas.ufl.edu/airpotatobiologicalcontrol.shtml

Charlotte High Earns Silver

We love PG High SchoolsWe are proud to announce that CHS has earned a silver ranking in the US News & World Report Best High Schools. This ranking awards top high schools with gold, silver & bronze medals, indicating the school’s overall level of student college readiness.

We’re Flying Now!

From Punta Gorda Airport, Allegiant now flies to 4 new locations. Now you can fly into Appleton (Oshkosh/Green Bay area) WI, Omaha Nebraska, Syracuse NY & Buffalo NY. How convenient is that!

Punta Gorda Library Construction

According to news sources, the library is ON TARGET for it’s July 2019 opening!

More studies now possible at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Mote_Marine_LaboratoryThe Red Tide Institute at Mote will now be able to expand its research of Florida red tide, thanks to an endowment by the Andrew & Judith Edonomos Charitable Foundation. Based now in Sarasota, the marine research institution got its start in 1955 studying our Charlotte Harbor estuary. Note: The Aquarium is a great place to visit!

The fast-growing field of aviation starts right here in Punta Gorda.

Thanks to the partnership with highly regarded Aviation College at Western Michigan University, advanced degrees in flight training, airport operations and management, and aviation mechanics (Airframe and Powerplant, or A&P) will soon be offered at the local campus of Florida SouthWestern State College and the newly renovated Punta Gorda Airport. (Approval from the Higher Learning Commission is in the works.)

We Welcome Visitors in Your Language

Willkommen in deutcher Sprache    Bienvenido en Espanol    Bienvenue en francais    Добро пожаловать в Россию    Ласкаво просимо на українській мові    flag-uk

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In relocating any business, crime statistics are incredibly important to consider, Click here to see just how safe Punta Gorda is!

DINING: Did you know Punta Gorda has over 50 varied culinary destinations for you to explore and almost ALL are independently owned and operated? Click here to visit those that are proud supporters of the Chamber of Commerce.

For all the latest “What’s On In Punta Gorda” news, simply click on the Friday Facts link on the right and you’ll never again be without something to do!

What Our Members Say
As a funeral home director, I received a death call the other night. A man had died at his home and had not designated a funeral home prior to his death.His friend was on the scene and had the deputy ...
Rick Tuss, Managing PartnerCharlotte Memorial Funeral Services
The Chamber is a family of business oriented people that strive to look out for the best interests of small businesses in the area. I am so glad to be part of the family!!
Sue Randall, Village Fish Market
The Chamber is important to our business for a number of reasons. It actively markets our community, attracting visitors, some of which become residents, to our area. They work at joining the business community as well. We only grow through ...

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Claudia Bruce, Peace River Distributing
The Punta Gorda Chamber, to me, is like family ...both business family, as well as social family. Not only have I met people through the chamber who have supported the work that I do, but I have also given business ...

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Keith Callaghan, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation
The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is a tremendous resource to Gettel of Charlotte County.  The Chamber provides awareness, credibility and knowledge about our business to the other businesses in our community. Our continued success and growth depends on the Punta ...

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Cherie George, Palm Auto Mall
The Punta Gorda Chamber plays an important role in my business.
When I transferred to our Punta Gorda banking center, I didn't know a soul. My involvement in the Chamber has made me a part of this community. I have made ...

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Stacy Cruz, Busey Bank

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Mindi Abair's Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival

Mindi Abair’s Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival 2019

Rockin’ Wine & Music with Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers November ...
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Wine & Jazz Festival, Punta Gorda Chamber Sale

14th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival 2019

14th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival will be held on February ...
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