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
PGD Surpasses One Million Passengers
In the first 7 months of 2018, Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) has surpassed the one millionth passenger, as well as the six millionth passenger since commercial service commenced in 2007. This July 2018 saw a 24.5% increase in passenger traffic over July 2017. “This is another milestone for PGD, and it demonstrates the success of our low-cost airport model,” said PGD’s CEO James W. Parish. PGD is Allegiant’s 4th largest operation.
New Arts Gallery in Port Charlotte
Visit the Town Center Mall to see a new gallery of local art. While PG has several, PC had none. Opened July 18, it was spearheaded and now is maintained by the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County and several local artists.
Watch our education system grow!
It is the time of the summer when Charlotte County Public Schools is looking to hire – almost 100 new teachers needed! You can make a difference in the future of Punta Gorda, teach HERE.
Spring Hill Suites is open for business
Punta Gorda now has 104 new hotel suites available for let – a boon to downtown businesses during festivals and weekends with activities that attract people from out-of-town. Welcome Spring Hill Suites by Marriott!
PG City “Business Community Workshop” - part 1 of 3
The June PG City “Business Community Workshop” was well attended by business owners and residents alike. A wide spectrum of ideas and concerns were voiced. The encouraging outcome was the appearance of a common middle ground and a desire to understand issues that affect both residents, visitors and business owners equally.
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Ideas from a small survey of downtown business owners - Part 2 of 3
- All business agree that something needs to be done with the old shopping center on Marion, such as a central focal point of a food store to attract people.
- Downtown businesses can support each other with recommendations; including restaurants / retailers reciprocation.
- Residents need to support the local merchants. PG would be a very different city if they closed.
- Merchants need to support the local residents with products and service that entices them to shop the stores instead of online. —see more next slide->
Ideas from a small survey of downtown business owners - Part 3 of 3
- Encourage a younger retail customer base to balance an aging customer base
- Discuss the success of PG with those that simply want to disrupt discussions of the future of our City. End the name calling. Foster positive discussion and brainstorming.
- Educate yourself about efforts to improve and manage growth within the downtown area.
“Let’s get to work – and work smarter and closer together.”
Real-Time On-the-Harbor Weather
The first and only near real-time weather reporting site has been installed on the Peace River by the Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance. The weather sensors were placed on Peace River Marker 4, approximately one-half mile off Gilchrist Park, and will provide near real-time wind, temperature, and barometric pressure data. A second site will be established on Peace River Marker 2 in the fall of 2018.
Growing the Workforce in Punta Gorda
Cheney Brothers, in partnership with Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW), has been awarded a $524,000 grant, which will be used to hire and train onsite up to 330 new employees. Working closely with the State of Florida Economic Development Office, FSW has been successful in securing $2.6M in Quick Response Training funds to train over 1,400 new hires since July 1, 2017.
America's first solar community coming to life in Florida
Sales are brisk at the new city of Babcock Ranch. Fox News recently broadcast a Special Report: “Urban Future, Babcock Ranch billed as first solar city” – See the Video
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.)
Nov. Mindi Abair concert updates
Favorite at the Wine & Jazz Festival, Mindi’s blues/rock sound will be featured in her own concert Nov 17, 2018. Tickets for Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers are on sale now! Lineup also includes Keb’Mo’, Dumpstaphunk and The Greg Billings Band. Make Punta Gorda YOUR destination for a weekend of incredible music, wine, food and much more, since this is also the culminating week of Punta Gorda Restaurant Week 2018.
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.