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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!”
Charlotte County School Board votes to delay the start of school to August 31st
Our students have an important role to play in keeping our community safe and I have no doubt that they will take this responsibility seriously. We need the Communities help to minimize the spread of COVID 19 so that we can reopen schools. Please:
- Minimize social contact if possible
- Wear a face covering when you do need to go out.
- Be a positive example for our students. When you are out in public and you see a child wearing a mask say “thank you for keeping me safe”
Punta Gorda on the Rise
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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!
Punta Gorda Food Scene places 2nd in national contest
Punta Gorda ranks 2nd in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards Contest for Best Small Town Food Scene. Criteria: a population of 25,000 or less, a big food scene with chef-driven restaurants, local flavors and plenty of variety. Your voting throughout June helped us with the win. See more here.
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.
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!
Charlotte County’s economic news
…Is actually good and the forecast strong. Read on…
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.
Allegiant Air maintaining most routes
While federal rules allowed airlines to reduce routes up to 90%, #Allegiant maintained 70% of its routes, cancelling only 18%. And with $174 million in #CARES funding, along with substantial tax credits, the airline, like the County, is well-positioned to weather the pandemic’s effects, especially given the strength that leisure travel has shown.
“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.”
How has Education Been Working in Charlotte County?
6,000 Chromebooks distributed, 1,000 hot-spots donated to families in need, over 95% of our students are logging in every day to complete their school work! In person graduation ceremonies tentatively planned for the week of July 14. School opening in the Fall to be announced by the Governor’s office. KUDOS to our school district leadership, teachers, staff, families and students who have come together to make student success a priority this Spring. Happy Summer!
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!
Cheney Brothers continues expansion
Despite COVID-19 impacts, Cheney Brothers is continuing the $8.6 million 80,000-sq.-ft. expansion of its food service distribution operation, and creating innovations like new packaging to accommodate a higher level of restaurant takeout business.
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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