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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!”
The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce follows all relevant COVID-19 protocols.
Punta Gorda on the Rise
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Charlotte County Schools named District of the Year by Cambridge International Assessment Program
Formed by the University of Cambridge, students who earn the Advanced International Certificate of Education from Cambridge and have 100 community service hours will automatically receive a Bright Futures Academic Scholars Award. BFAC awards grant students 100% of tuition & fees at a Florida University. Our students’ success is our community success!
Welcome to Business in Paradise
The Economic Development Office launched their latest marketing campaign in February 2021 with: “Thrive in Paradise”, targeting entrepreneurs and small businesses in states with less-friendly business climates. Using social media and Google ads, the campaign highlights the benefits of doing business in Charlotte County. Last May 2020, Punta Gorda MSA was ranked a top metropolitan entrepreneurial ecosystem in America by an analysis from thinktank Heartland Forward.
Pickleball Championship Success Wrap-up
Global World Pickleball Championship was held at the PicklePlex of Punta Gorda, Feb. 3-7, 2021. This 2nd year event hosted over 500 athletes competing for a total of $100,000 in prizes. More than 1000 spectators watched throughout the 5-day event. Estimated economic impact to the area: just under $1-million; generated 1,400 room/nights.
Punta Gorda, FL is 44th of 379 "Most Dynamic Metros"
Punta Gorda & Charlotte County small business performance ranks high. SmartAsset, a financial technology company that analyzes data to determine the best counties for young firm, small business owners, ranks Charlotte County 30th of the 67 FL counties. A Heartland Forward study, which analyzed the share of employment by small firms and the number of college-educated employees in those firms, ranked Punta Gorda #7th (Naples #8, Cape Coral #10.)
Charlotte County Justice Center
The final phase of the Justice Center Renovation project is almost complete. This project included fourteen phases of construction, starting in August 2018, including enhanced security improvements, expansion of the secured entry pavilion, enclosing the exterior colonnade and other security enhancements, remodeled and expanded spaces for various departments, and 2 new courtrooms.
Home Sales Still STRONG
By the end of Feb 2021, 560 residential properties closed in Charlotte County, which was 18% higher than Feb 2020. Contracts waiting to close was up 60% YOY, numbering 1509. Inventory of homes is at it lowest, 1.1 months. (Thank you Della Booth of TIME Realty Services, Inc.)
New Source for What To Do in PG
Our Board and designers have been hard at work revamping the “Daytripping in Punta Gorda” website resource. Locals and members can find a ton of ideas on what to do for a day in our city. There are even a few “itineraries”. Want to be a tourist for a day? Check out the page!
Punta Gorda Chamber has a successful digital footprint
Kim Amontree Honored
On the International Day of Women, March 8, Kim Amontree, a local school board member, will be honored by the Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte Zonta Club for her work to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident to reach [their] limitless potential.”
Mrs. Amontree is the program coordinator for the “Girls on the Go” program in Charlotte County.
100 years of Opportunity Celebrated
Throughout the growth of our city, opportunities for Punta Gorda citizens have existed side-by-side. These are depicted in our area’s murals and museums. Join these 2 museums as they depict contributions of African Americans in the settlement and development of the community as well as photos, news clippings and writings that tell the story of our African-American heritage.
http://www.blanchardhousemuseum.org/ & https://puntagorda.pastperfectonline.com/
Charlotte County Van Transit service is back
This service provides safe transportation to many Charlotte County locations to help those without transportation get to doctor appointments, banks, grocery and the airport. The fees for now are FREE! To make a reservation with Charlotte County Transit, call 941.575.4000, fax 941.639.7279, email Transit@charlottecountyfl.gov, or use the Charlotte County App.
Airplane Mechanics School Gearing up
A new ‘industry’ coming to Charlotte County, Airplane Mechanics School received preliminary FCC approval recently for the 18-month program that will target high school seniors in a dual enrollment and also older students. An industry of high job growth, the A&P program (Airframe & Powerplant) students can earn licensing in either or both. Classes will start in Fall 2021.
Punta Gorda is a Work-ation Destination
Punta Gorda & Charlotte County have what it takes to be a great work- or study-away from home location. The availability of High Speed Internet service plus current (and open) tourism activities make our area great. And did we mention the weather!
Our commitment to diversity and representation for all
In these difficult times in this country, we, at the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, want to express our very own commitment to diversity and representation for all. Regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation and religion, our membership is open to ALL. We work towards total inclusion and integration of our business community, with zero judgement of any individual business or person. Our Chamber is a family, made up of a wide range of social sectors and we never discriminate. United and diversified, we work better together for the good of our businesses and our community at large.