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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!”
Where’s John this week?
Each week our Chamber President visits a local business to showcase for all of you what they do. Enjoy your visit!
Punta Gorda on the Rise
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Welcome back to our Canadian friends and neighbors!
CCSO a community partner
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office partners with the community in helping those with addictive disease disorders through their Drug Addiction Recovery Initiative. Sheriff Prummel recently published a letter from a local person who was helped. “I would like to thank your office and officers for helping to save and protect my life.” Kudos CCSO for a job well done!
Job fair & your chamber
The PG Chamber is again helping to host a local Job Fair to help bring employers and prospective employees together. October 27, 3 – 6 PM at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center. Many of our business members have said they are looking to fill employment positions, a typical conundrum throughout the country. Your Chamber is working to bring employees back to the area. Businesses can contact TZajas@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-693-3720 for more details.
Tech jobs top 10
The Punta Gorda metro area, which encompasses Charlotte County, recently earned a top-10 ranking in a recent study by FinanceBuzz, listing the best places in Florida for tech jobs. Charlotte County ranked 8th for Florida metro areas in the website’s top-10 tech hubs. The rating is based on job competition, average salary, cost of living, average rating of tech companies, number of available tech jobs, and the strength of our local internet connectivity. Scores were tabulated “without adjusting or factoring in population demographics.”
America in Bloom awards go to…
Publix opens in Babcock Ranch
Babcock Ranch now has their own grocery store & pharmacy in their Crescent B Commons shopping center. Previously shoppers traveled to Fort Myers or Punta Gorda. Other retailers, including Pi Local Pizza, Vet at Babcock, M’xuma Tacos, Burger Fi, U. Yee Sushi, Stellar Vision, Encore Nails, Postal Pack & Ship, & Royal Paw Grooming/Day Care, will open throughout the remainder of 2021.
1st-time jobless claims at pre-COVID pace
Those seeking unemployment in the state of FL dropped by approx. 40%, from 9,700 the last week of Aug to 5,814 the first week of Sept. Not only did 2 federal assistance programs recently end, but the number of job openings available in FL is strong. The state had a July 2021 unemployment rate of 5.1%.
13 students received the Cambridge AICE Diploma
The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma is an international curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of broad and balanced study. Students who earn the AICE Diploma and complete 100 hours of community service qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars (Bright Futures) which pays for 100% of tuition and fees at a Florida University or College. Kudos to our local teen recipients!
Punta Gorda Airport interactive map
Looking for ideas for an Allegiant or Sun Country weekend “somewhere”? Try the new PGD map https://www.flypgd.com/arrivals/destinations-map/ Click on each destination and you’ll find links to the airport and local visitor centers, driving distances to nearby notable cities, and spotlights on attractions and popular things to do during your visit.
Charlotte Schools rank high
Our schools showed remarkable improvement in the recent 2021 statewide, standardized assessments. An historic jump from 33rd to 13th of the 67 school districts in FL, this is the highest rank since 2009. Kudos!
Home Sales & Rentals & Building, Oh My
Home sales in Charlotte County remained very strong in July & August, the average home price now over the $400K record. Single homes, condos & townhouses were selling for 100% of the asking price. Average sale prices in August were higher than June/July and 34.9% higher than July 2020. Vacation rentals had a strong summer, a record-breaking July. New-home building and sales remained high, even as building supplies still trickle in.
Sunseeker construction swings into action
3 of the 6 cranes were swinging Sept 1 at the Sunseeker Resort construction site. After 17 idle months, Allegiant Travel restarted the $510M project, presumably having closed on a $350M loan mentioned in August.
Aviation maintenance facility at PGD
A Fort-Myers based aviation company is close to signing a lease to build a mechanics facility on 66 acres on the northeast side of the PG Airport. Blackbird Aviation & PGD spokesperson Kaley Miller have confirmed the negotiations.
The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce follows all relevant COVID-19 protocols.
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.