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
Local university ranks high recently by US News & World Report
FGCU ranks 29th among area public institutions, 78th among all regional schools. Bringing students to the area helps create a more highly educated work force, which is good for business in Punta Gorda.
A good growing Summer good for area Agribusiness
After Hurr. Irma decimated the local citrus crop and sod farms last year, both have benefited from good growing conditions in 2018, especially this summer. Growers are “cautiously optimistic” about this year’s crops.
Third Thursday Wine Walk
Alive After Five is now the Wine Walk – complete with wine tastings and specials at local merchants. Purchase a wine “passport” for a samplings map, then go enjoy! 5PM – 8PM, the first is Sept 20. Next is Oct 18!
Development in the Bird Section moves forward
With Army Corps of Engineers permit in hand, PG City Council voted to move forward with the purchase of the land for the Bird Cut, now officially named Buckley’s Pass. The pass will offer residents and marine businesses faster & safer entrance/egress to Harbor waters from that area of town. Assessment & construction specs now in the works.
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.
Kudos Again to Allegiant Air
The Punta Gorda Airport and Allegiant Air continue to build the repertoire of destinations served, announcing services to 4 new cities: Omaha NE (OMA), Appleton WI (ATW), Syracuse NY (SYR) and Albany NY (ALB). Welcome to new visitors!
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.
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!
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.)
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.