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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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The City is Growing
Congratulations to two businesses whose properties have recently been annexed into the City limits. Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant and U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer, both on Cooper Street Ext., requested annexation last year. The process, slowed by COVID shutdowns, is now complete.
Boat Industry Continues Big Growth
While boating sales and the chartering industry declined in March-May, when Florida re-opened, boating has been on a strong and steady increase in sales growth. Area brokers, boat surveyors and charter services report healthy sales this past July/August (year over year) and predict a good Season.
Allegiant is Growing Again
Allegiant Airlines has added new routes to their PGD lineup. Seasonal flights starting Nov 20: Houston will be the first PGD route into the Texas market; and Midway/Chicago will open our area of Florida to the Chicago-area markets. With fare sales, super clean airplanes and COVID-19 measures in place, Allegiant is bringing back safe flying to our area. Kudos to PGD for their super clean airport efforts, as well!
Charlotte County building-starts outpace the state
July building permits in Charlotte County were up this year from last year by more than 14%. While July is usually a busy month for builders, the value of homes came in at $58.5 million, a $9 million jump from the previous 2 July’s. For this fiscal year (10/2019 through 9/30/2020), building permits are up by 22.7%, with a value of $487.9 million.
Kudos to the PGD CEO, James Parish, P.E.
Local airport CEO James Parish was selected for the Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class Member for 2020-2021. A 9-month educational program will focus on issues critical to Florida, leadership skills, & Florida life/opportunities. James is “committed to making FL a better place in which to live and prosper.”
Local Business Supporting Local Businesses
Business owners in Charlotte County can support area businesses by posting about each other. A shout-out on Facebook does as much to lift your own business as it does for others. The PG Chamber continues to post and promote to lift all. We will bounce back, stronger than ever!
The City wins an American Public Works Association Projects of the Year Award
Each year, APWA presents these awards to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements. The City of Punta Gorda won the category of Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair, $25 million-$75 million for the Seawall Recover Project after Hurricane Irma. Kudos!
Welcome Greg Murray, new City of Punta Gorda Town Manager
Punta Gorda welcomes Greg Murray. Former county administrator in Washington County, Maryland, he and his family return to Florida, looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of the area. He will start August 24th, working with Howard Kunik, until his October retirement.
“We’re looking at a rebound sooner rather than later”
Dave Gammon, Director of Charlotte County Economic Development states, “Many of our residents have certainly experienced their share of tough times, but in comparison to other communities, Charlotte County is well positioned for a strong recovery.” Government funding, County demographics help. Crucially, “it’s also due to the strategic way the County has planned for economic growth and needed infrastructure.”
Punta Gorda Airport continues its $6-million renovation
Renovation and relocation of the general aviation area continues with the help of an additional $24-million in CARES funding. The current project will free up space for development of commercial aviation, helping to kick start growth in avionics and aerospace, with flight school opportunities as well.
Punta Gorda (MSA) Named Top Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Forbes reported that an analysis from think tank, Heartland Forward, identified 20 top entrepreneurial ecosystems across America, based on the share of employment by small firms, and the number of college-educated employees in those firms. Punta Gorda (MSA) ranked #7! It’s thanks to YOU, our hardworking and innovative business community, that we achieved this prestigious recognition!
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.
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