Panama City Beach Chamber News
HYPE Tours GCSC Advanced Technology Center
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals committee, HYPE, toured Gulf Coast State College’s new Advanced Technology Center on Monday, May 20th. Dr. Stephen Dunnivant, the Interim Dean of the ATC, led the tour that consisted of a state-of-art culinary facility, hack-a-thon classrooms, production studios, and ...(Read More
"Sharpen Your Business Skills" Small Business Conference
The Small Business Development Center at Gulf Coast State College presents “Get to the Point... Sharpen Your Business Skills "Small Business Conference with your Congressman, Steve Southerland on May 30th located at Gulf Coast State College in the Student Union East Conference Center.
During National Small Business Week, business owners ...(Read More
4th Annual Women’s Work-Life Symposium
Ladies, save the date for the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Women’s Work-Life Symposium on Friday, June 14th, at Florida State University Panama City’s Holley Academic Center from 7:30-3:00 PM. The Symposium will feature six empowering speakers from across the country where ...(Read More
Literacy Simulation Projects at Rutherford & Rosenwald HS
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee partnered with Innovations Federal Credit Union to collaborate a project on financial literacy called MAD CITY MONEY. This event will be on Thursday, May 23rd at Rutherford High School , and on Wednesday, May 29th at Rosenwald High School. These events ...(Read More
Southwest Airlines Features Ideacamp
Southwest Airlines is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Panama City Beach Chamber’s monthly “think-tank” event, IdeaCamp. The airline has proudly featured IdeaCamp in its spring 2013 community outreach publication, Mosaic, which covers Southwest’s community affairs and grassroots efforts in metropolitan cities across the country.
Mosaic ...(Read More
Bay Point Wyndham Resort Welcomes New General Manager
Bay Point Wyndham Resort is proud to announce Gary Johnson as the new general manager. Johnson comes to Bay Point Wyndham Resort from the Four Points Sheraton in Destin, Florida. “I am excited to join this team of dedicated hospitality professionals and such a great local community,” Johnson said. “Bay ...(Read More
TDC Gives Frank Brown Sports Update
Summer continues! June and July were two record breaking months for sports especially when it involved girls fastpitch, boys baseball or UCA cheerleading camps. The number of participants in each continues to show that Panama City Beach is the destination of choice for travel ball teams and cheer groups. Over ...(Read More
iSirona Expanding in Panama City
On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, iSirona, a medical software company, is expanding its location into Downtown Panama City the Bay County Economic Development Alliance announced at today’s press conference. The new location will be at 430 W. Fifth St., sharing the space with the Allied Research Associates.
iSirona has ...(Read More
Chair Derrick Bennett Receives Kentucky Colonel Designation
Pictured is Beach Chamber Board Chair Derrick Bennett receiving the Kentucky Colonel designation from Beach Chamber President/CEO Lance Allison on behalf of Kentucky State Representative Kenny Imes. The highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky is that of Kentucky Colonel. “I am honored to deliver this special recognition ...(Read More
Covenant Hospice Celebrates 30 Years of Compassionate Care
Throughout 2013 Covenant Hospice will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with various events and celebrations in memory of the more than 60,000 patients that the not-for-profit organization has had the honor serving. Beginning with the original vision of the founders and extending to today, Covenant Hospice remains a not-for-profit, charity ...(Read More
Bay EDA Announces the Location of GPD Pathology; 83 Jobs
The Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) announces the location of GPD Pathology, a life sciences company, to Bay County, Fla. GPD Pathology, an independent laboratory that processes and diagnoses patient tissue specimens, is projected to hire 83 employees over three years at an average annual wage of $68,000, more ...(Read More
Beninate named Partner at Harrison Sale McCloy
Harrison Sale McCloy is proud to announce that Nicholas A. Beninate has been promoted to Partner in the Firm after practicing as an Associate since 2006. Mr. Beninate’s experience in transportation and environmental matters, as well as creditor’s rights in bankruptcy are invaluable to the Firm and its ...(Read More
Home Place Furniture to Change to Hank’s Fine Furniture
Hank Browne, the Arkansas born-and-raised owner of Hank’s Fine Furniture, the parent company of Home Place Furniture, has announced big changes for the Home Place Furniture stores.
Browne recently decided to completely revamp the Home Place stores with lots of new merchandise, new displays, new price points and a ...(Read More
Training at NSWC PCD All about Mine Warfare Expertise, Locat
One of the only two MH-53E helicopter squadrons to fly mine warfare missions in the U.S. Navy’s Fleet continues training at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) until mid-March for reasons: Mine Warfare Expertise and location. Home ported in Norfolk, Va., HM-14’s detachment ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Wins Four ADDY Awards, Including Two Gold
On Saturday, February 23, 2013, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce was presented four awards at the local ADDYs, American Advertising Awards Dinner, at the St. Andrew’s Yacht Club. The Beach Chamber was awarded two Gold ADDYs and two Silver ADDYs in recognition of our exceptional advertising capabilities.
Beach Chamber Hosts Second Financial Literacy Simulation
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee partnered with Innovations Federal Credit Union to collaborate a project on financial literacy called MAD CITY MONEY. This event took place on Tuesday, March 19 at Deane Bozeman High School from 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM. Around 60-70 ...(Read More
New PCB Walmart at Pier Park Marks Construction Milestone
Construction is nearly complete on the new Walmart at Pier Park scheduled to open this spring. Associates will now begin stocking shelves in the approximately 155,000-square-foot store with a full line of groceries and a wide assortment of merchandise in preparation for the grand opening of the new store, ...(Read More
Workforce Education Summit to Launch Bay Academies
Local workforce and education partners have joined forces with the Ford Motor Fund’s Partnership for Advanced Studies, the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company, to host the second Workforce Education Summit.
This year’s Summit theme is “Launching Bay Academies,” and will provide a venue for local businesses ...(Read More
$30K in 30 Days to Fight Child Abuse
Children's Home Society of Florida is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the children of Bay and surrounding counties. We serve children with special needs, children who are neglected and abused, children who need a permanent and loving home, and children who are in need of mental health counseling. Our ...(Read More
Ken Floyd Joins The Resort Collection of PCB
The Resort Collection is proud to announce the appointment of its new vice president of technical operations, Ken Floyd.
“It is a tremendous opportunity to have someone with Ken’s experience and knowledge join our team,” said Paul Wohlford, vice president of sales and marketing at The Resort Collection. "Ken’...(Read More
Beach Chamber Names Lance Allison New President/CEO
After almost five months of applications, interviews, and decision-making the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce has finally elected its new leader. The search committee, staff, and Board of Directors chose Lance Allison from Murray, KY, to direct the Beach Chamber in its future endeavors.
Mr. Allison, who had been ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Friday at the Beach September 13th
Save the date! The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting Friday at the Beach on Friday, September 13th from 7:30-9:00 AM. This breakfast networking meeting will take place at the Palms Conference Center, located next to the Sleep Inn on Front Beach Rd. The master of ...(Read More
Bay Point Wyndham Resort Receives 2013 Editor’s Hot Pick
It is with great honor that the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South, present Bay Point Wyndham Resort with a 2013 Editor’s Hot Pick For South’s Top All-Around Value Resort recognition.
“ConventionSouth magazine believes that meeting ...(Read More
Rep. Jimmy Patronis Receives Kentucky Colonel Designation
Pictured is Florida State Representative Jimmy Patronis receiving the Kentucky Colonel designation from Beach Chamber President/CEO Lance Allison on behalf of Kentucky State Representative Kenny Imes. The highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky is that of Kentucky Colonel. “I am honored to deliver this special recognition to ...(Read More
Resort Collection Travel Surpasses $1 Million in Travel
The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach is proud to announce that Resort Collection Travel has secured over $1 million in trips booked to destinations across the United States.
Since its inception in the summer of 2012, Resort Col lection Travel has specialized in assisting travelers with business trips, church ...(Read More
NSWC PCD, USMC Partner to Understand Effects of Motion
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Human Systems Integration Team is supporting the U.S. Marine Corps in better understanding the effects of amphibious vehicle motion on human performance by conducting a 13-week-long Habitability Simulation Test (HST). Presently, the test is in week eight, and is ...(Read More
Oaseas Resorts Poised for Success with Strong Exec. Team
Oaseas Resorts, a resort and hotel management company based in Panama City Beach, Fla., has built an executive team focused on growing and continuing to expand the company's vision. After four successful years, the company sees tremendous opportunity over the next several years and is poised to capitalize on it. ...(Read More
GCSC Office of Marketing & Communications Earns Top Award
Gulf Coast State College is proud to announce that its Office of Marketing & Communications recently earned a total of 14 awards from the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC). The annual competition among Florida’s 28 colleges rewards excellence in marketing, public relations and advertising. The marketing office also won the ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Holds Annual Dinner & 25th Anniversary
Once a year, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce recognizes several local citizens for their passionate dedication and significant accomplishments to our community. This year’s Annual Dinner was held on Thursday, February 23rd at Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, taking the form of a spectacular celebration that also commemorated ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Launches Ideaworks
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its continuing partnership with Southwest Airlines. On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 the Beach Chamber will hold a press conference from 10:30 to 11:00 AM in the Dean’s Conference Room at Gulf Coast State College (in Student ...(Read More
Government is Largest Employer in Most Florida Counties
A government entity is the largest employer in 51 of the state's 67 counties, and in every county in Florida government is at least one of the top five largest employers, Florida TaxWatch reported in a study out Tuesday.
The study – which comes as Gov. Rick Scott has repeatedly argued ...(Read More
Navy Engineers Help Teachers Make Learning Science Fun
Navy engineers are helping local teachers pique students’ interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to solve problems by using STEM skills. Florida State University Panama City (FSU PC) and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) partnered to host the 2012 STEM Summer Institute from ...(Read More
4th Annual Run for the Redfish Reaches Twenty-One States
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted the 4th Annual Run for the Redfish half-marathon, 5K, and kid’s fun run was last Saturday, December 1, at Pier Park. The event boasted over 750 runners from 21 different states. A portion of Run for the Redfish proceeds benefitted the ...(Read More
Gulf Coast Medical Center Appoints Carlton Ulmer as CEO
Gulf Coast Medical Center, an affiliate of HCA, announces the appointment of Carlton Ulmer to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2012. Ulmer brings 16 years of healthcare administration experience to the role, most recently serving for six years as Chief Operating Officer at Redmond Regional Medical ...(Read More
Group Travel Made Easy with The Resort Collection of PCB
Traveling in large groups can be stressful. Keeping up with your whole extended family, business associates, youth group or sports team is tough even for the most experienced travelers. This is why The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach has launched Resort Collection Travel, a website developed to meet the ...(Read More
Franklin Harrison Elected Board of Trustees Chair of NCBE
Franklin R. Harrison of Panama City, Florida, was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) at an August meeting of the Board held in Burlington, Vermont. NCBE develops the tests that are used as part of the bar examination in virtually every ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Presents 7 Awards at 2013 Annual Dinner
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce will hosted its celebratory Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, February 21, 2013, with the theme “Fire & Ice.” This night of celebration took place at Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort from 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM.
This prestigious recognized Beach Chamber members for ...(Read More
PCB Chamber Accepts Grant for 2013 Seafood & Music Fest
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce was awarded $485,000.00 at a press conference on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, from the Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund. The event took place at Ocean’s Restaurant at Edgewater Beach Resort. The funds are to be allocated solely towards the ...(Read More
Trustmark Completes Merger with BankTrust
Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) (“Trustmark”) announced the completion of its merger with Mobile, Alabama-based BancTrust Financial Group, Inc., effective as of the close of business on February 15, 2013, as well as the merger of BankTrust with and into Trustmark National Bank.
Gerard R. Host, President and CEO of Trustmark, ...(Read More
Panama City Beach Featured in New York Times Travel Article
As Jimmy Buffett once astutely observed, changes in latitudes necessitate changes in attitudes. Keep that in mind when visiting Panama City Beach on the Florida Panhandle, where the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico lap a seemingly infinite ribbon of white-sand beaches. In this self-styled “Spring Break Capital of ...(Read More
3rd Annual Arts Alive Event Set For April 5
Bay Education Foundation and Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union invite the community to Arts Alive on April 5, 2013, at Edgewater Beach Resort. Created to support fine arts in education, Arts Alive is a talent showcase that supports the fine arts in Bay District Schools and the Bay Education Foundation ...(Read More
2013 Gulf Coast Jam
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, a three-day celebration of sun, fun and country music, recently announced plans to debut its festival on the Gulf Coast shores of Panama City Beach, Florida from Thursday, September 26 to Saturday, September 28, 2013. The first artists to join the concert lineup at this year’...(Read More
PCB Completes $16 Million Beach Renourishment Project
Panama City Beach is commemorating the start of 2012 by celebrating the completion of its three-month $16 million beach renourishment project. Working with the United States Corps of Engineers, the destination pumped 1.4 million cubic yards of sand to approximately 7.5 miles of beach, extending the shoreline by ...(Read More
Panama City Beach Pirates Join United Soccer League
Get ready for soccer at the Beach! The highly competitive soccer team, the Panama City Beach Pirates, have officially joined the United Soccer League (USL) family in November, 2011, as one of eight Premier Development League teams (PDL) within the Southeast Division and will be calling Panama City Beach home. ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Hosted U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted U.S. Senator Marco Rubio for a Chamber Meeting held at the Wyndham Bay Point Resort, from 10:00 to 11:00 am. The event was presented by Harrison Sale McCloy, and sponsored by The Glass Center ...(Read More
"Leave No Trace" Ordinance 2013 UPDATE
Panama City Beach is known for having the "World's Most Beautiful Beaches," and we would like to keep it that way for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike! For this reason, the "Leave No Trace" ordinance was issued for Panama City Beach in 2012.
Please help do your part ...(Read More
Navy Names Suiter as 2011 Top Scientist of the Year
Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) scientist Dr. Harold R. Suiter has been named the 2011 Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientist and Engineer of the Year Award recipient in a letter signed by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition on June ...(Read More
GCSC Celebrates Advanced Technology Center
Gulf Coast State College hosted a topping off ceremony for its new Advanced Technology Center on Tuesday, September 11. Dr. Jim Kerley, president of GCSC, led the event and reflected on the special circumstances that surround 9/11. The ATC construction is scheduled for completion on June 17, 2013 and ...(Read More
The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach Expands Portfolio
The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach is proud to announce the management acquisition of The Summit Beach Resort, an exciting beachfront resort, and all of its amenities. As one of the largest Gulf-front resorts with the best values in Panama City Beach, The Summit is a prime location for ...(Read More
Nye Receives 2012 NAVSEA Engineer of the Year Award
Tracy Nye, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PCD) employee, was named a 2012 Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) engineer of the year. Nye, along with two other NAVSEA Warfare Center employees, Dr. Christine Michienzi of NSWC Indian Head and Shawn McDonald of NSWC Dahlgren, were named recipients of ...(Read More
Beach Chamber & FRLA hosts Health Care Reform Roundtable
As 2013 kicks off and new precedents are taking effect, employers need to begin planning on how to manage the effects of the Health Care Reform Bill. On Tuesday, January 15, the Beach Chamber and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association hosted a Health Care Reform Roundtable at Edgewater Beach Resort. This ...(Read More
Beach and Bay Chamber Tour Tyndall Air Force Base
On Thursday, January 24, 2013 the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and Bay County Chamber of Commerce came together to support our local military base. A daylong tour of Tyndall Air Force Base introduced both local Chambers’ Board of Directors to the world of our Country’s servicemen and ...(Read More
Check Presentations to Three Local Charities
The Krewe of St. Andrews is proud to announce that we are contributing checks to three local non-profit organizations on February 28, 2013 at Scampy’s Restaurant located on Thomas Drive at 11am. The recipients are Girls Inc, Boys and Girls Club, and Margaret K. Lewis School.
The Krewe of ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Classroom Mentoring Program Recognized
The future looks bright for students in Bay District Schools, as the classroom mentoring program continues to grow with support from Naval Support Activity Panama City, Tyndall Air Force Base and the Panama City Beach Chamber.
"The more we can expose students to success stories, to reach out and talk ...(Read More
10 NEW Artificial Reefs Coming To Our Area
Bay County has committed to build at least 10 new artificial reefs by the end of the summer and more are in the works.
At their last meeting, county commissioners voted to accept a $60,000 grant from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to construct 10 new artificial reefs ...(Read More
Gov. Scott Urges Employers to Hire Florida's Heroes
Governor Rick Scott today joined business, military, veteran and workforce leaders during the annual Florida National Guard Day at the Capitol to launch a year-long effort aimed at connecting returning National Guardsmen and other veterans with job openings as Florida’s economy continues to improve.
“These courageous men and women ...(Read More
NSWC PCD Employee Earns Award for Technology Transfer
For offering a clearer vision for U.S. Navy divers, a Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) employee was named the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) 2012 Excellence in Technology Transfer award recipient.
Dennis Gallagher, lead project engineer and inventor of the Advanced Diver’s Mask-Mounted Display System ...(Read More
Bay County EDA Redux
Recently, the EDA name has been sullied with mistakes that were made in the past. Deleted emails and incomplete "vetting" regarding a project that was funded and failed have not helped the new image that we are trying to establish for the EDA. But the proof is in the pudding!
Restore Act Press Conference
Representative Steve Southerland, II hosted a press conference at St. Andrew’s Marina in Panama City to highlight congressional approval of the RESTORE Act, legislation Southerland authored directing BP fine money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the hardest hit coastal counties.
“As an author of the RESTORE Act ...(Read More
The St. Joe Company Announces Promotion of Jorge Gonzalez
The St. Joe Company announced today that Jorge Gonzalez has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Development. Mr. Gonzalez is responsible for entitlements, business development and public relations/affairs for the Company, with an emphasis on the Port of Port St. Joe.
Prior to joining St. Joe in 2002, Mr. ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Recognized by FACP for Communications
On Thursday, September 20, 2012, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce was recognized by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) for their hard work and polished structure with their online communication pieces during the Outstanding Communications Awards. The Beach Chamber’s website, www.PCBeach.org, won 1st place ...(Read More
The U.S. Navy Protects America in 2012
This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the role of the U.S. Navy in winning that conflict figures prominently in nearly every American history book used across the United States. Many of the qualities that shaped and helped the Navy win 200 years ago still ...(Read More
ECP Airport Launches Loyalty Program For Travelers
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) has joined forces with Republic Parking System and Thanks Again, LLC to provide travelers from Northwest Florida, South Georgia and South Alabama with the opportunity to automatically earn airline miles from six major air carriers when they park at ECP.
The ECP Traveler Rewards ...(Read More
Pier Park North Retailers Revealed
Investors in the new Pier Park North development have announced the partial lineup for its new venture at the beach. Confirmed retailers will include Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michaels, Pier 1 Imports and Kirkland’s, according to a statement released Thursday by the St. Joe Co.
A spring 2014 opening ...(Read More
Public Transportation (Bay TPO) Announces 2013 Enhancements
The Bay County Transportation Planning Organization (Bay TPO) has wrapped a busy year and continues to roll into 2013 with planned enhancements that will impact both the fixed route and demand response services. Pending funding, planned improvements include:
• Additions to current trolley fleet
• Improvements at trolley stops throughout Bay County
• ...(Read More
Gulf World Marine Park Donates Over $3,000
Gulf World Marine Park held two check presentations on February 7, 2013 at the Palms Conference Center for Girls, Inc. and the Panama City Beach Women’s Civic Club.
This money was raised during two events held at Gulf World Marine Park, The Christmas Magic Show and the Family and ...(Read More
Beach Business Owner Wins National Leadership Award
A local resident has won a prestigious national leadership award. Laurie Olshefski, owner of Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Jake at the Beach-Life is good in Pier Park, as well as The Fitness Fetish Family Sport & Beach Shop and Shimmering Seas Jewelry & Gift Shop in Seaside with her husband John, was ...(Read More
Developmental Testing for Mine Countermeasures Mission
Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) employees and Fleet operators completed the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine countermeasures (MCM) mission package (MP) developmental testing on March 15, 2012.
Under the direction of Program Executive Officer Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS), and the LCS Mission Modules Program Office (PMS420), scientists and engineers ...(Read More
Firefly Restaurant Honored as One of America’s Most Popular
Panama City Beach’s Firefly Restaurant is honored to be placed on Urbanspoon’s list of “America’s Most Popular High-End Restaurants.” With only 250 restaurants chosen out of 600,000, Firefly joins other world-famous restaurants as one of America’s favorites.
“With only 25 Florida restaurants making the Urbanspoon ...(Read More
Local Teacher Receives Award for Excellence from President
President Obama today named 97 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The educators will receive their awards in Washington, DC later this month.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding ...(Read More
Small Business Owners Have Opportunity for Assistance
Many businesses in Florida, and in our area, have suffered from the economic decline. Periods of financial crisis pose special challenges for many small and medium businesses. These entities, once stable, profitable and competitive, have begun to struggle to improve operational and financial performance. Consider the impact for Florida alone, ...(Read More
Gulf Coast Medical Center Announces $29.5 Million Expansion
Gulf Coast Medical Center has announced plans for the largest expansion project since its opening – a $29.5 million project that will add the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the area’s first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and a new Intensive Care Unit.
Gulf Coast Medical ...(Read More
Panama City Beach Breaks World Record
An official adjudicator from the Guinness World Record announced today that Panama City Beach, Florida has set the record for the World’s Largest Bikini Parade, with 450 women lining up to seize the record from Gold Coast, Australia.
The parade took place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:...(Read More
Beach Chamber Awards FSU-PC & GCSC Scholarships
On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce ‘s Board of Directors and Education Partnership Committee presented its Gulf Coast State College Foundation Scholarship to recipient, Brian Hague, and its Florida State University Panama City Foundation Scholarship to recipient, Stephanie Garrett. The Foundation Scholarships are awarded ...(Read More
Chamber D.I.N.E. Luncheon with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
On Wednesday, February 23, 2011 the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to feature U.S. Senator Marco Rubio as its Keynote Speaker for the inaugural Chamber D.I.N.E. Luncheon. This event will be held at the Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa from 11:30 ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Partners With Southwest Airlines
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its new partnership with Southwest Airlines. Under this new partnership that began on August 1, 2011, Southwest Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor for the Beach Chamber’s monthly Lunch & Learn workshops, produced by Navigator, the Chamber’s small business ...(Read More
The Beach Chamber Circuit Magazine Wins Hermes Award
On Wednesday, May 4, winners were announced for The 2011 Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of marketing & communication programs, as well as print, visual and audio materials. The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce received the prestigious Gold Hermes ...(Read More
Beach Warning Flags
The beaches of Panama City Beach use the following flag system to alert beachgoers of surf conditions and keep everyone safe. Flags are posted at all public beach areas and conditions are monitored throughout each day. Please remember that the absence of red flags does not assure safe conditions. Please ...(Read More
PCB Chamber Recognized by Bay District School Board
On June 10, 2010, the Bay District School Board, Superintendent Bill Husfelt, recognized the PC Beach Chamber of Commerce for the participation in the Classroom Mentoring Program. The Beach Chamber, Navy Base and Air Force Base, all recruited community leaders to take part in the Superintendent Mentoring Program. Each mentor ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Establishes Endowed Scholarship at FSU-PC
On Thursday, July 29 a press conference was held for the signing and donation of the Beach Chamber’s Endowed Scholarship for Florida State University-Panama City. A check for $5,000 was presented to FSU-PC, with more money to be donated to the scholarship in an ongoing basis as funds ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Creates GCCC Scholarship, Second for 2010
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce leaders announced the creation of a new Gulf Coast Community College-endowed scholarship Thursday at the college’s regular District Board of Trustees meeting.
The chamber has partnered with the GCCC Foundation to establish the new scholarship endowment, just months after creating a similar ...(Read More
Panama City Ranked #1 for Economic Growth Potential
Business Facilities magazine has ranked Panama City number one in its list of the Top 10 Metro Areas for Economic Growth Potential in communities with populations less than 200,000.
Panama City was selected for economic initiatives, including the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and the master planned communities ...(Read More
Panama City Ranked in Strongest Housing Market by 2014
A housing market rebound seems tenuous following the expiration of the home buyer tax credit, and consumer confidence remains weak due to lackluster employment, but David Stiff, chief economist at Fiserv, says the bottom is near. Home prices in the U.S. have declined 29.5 percent over the past ...(Read More
Panama City Beach Featured in Florida Travel+Life
PCB was recently featured in Florida Travel+Life. Here is a glimpse of the article written by Shawn C. Bean: "There is something different in the air, and it isn’t the 800-pound glowing beach ball. It’s 8:30 p.m., Dec. 31, 2009. Thousands have gathered in Pier ...(Read More
Bay County EDA Announces ITT Corporation Expansion
The Bay County Economic Development Alliance (EDA) is pleased to announce that ITT Corporation’s Panama City facility plans to expand its operations to a new, 100,000-square-foot building at VentureCrossings Enterprise Center at West Bay, near the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, in mid-2012. The company will be ...(Read More
USA Today Ranks Shell Island Among 20 Amazing Beaches
Shell Islad in Panama City Beach, Florida was ranked by USA Today Travel as one of the 20 Amazing American Beaches. Sitting in the Gulf of Mexico, this seven-mile-long barrier island is only reachable by private boat or shuttle. Since there are no places to grab a snack on land, ...(Read More
Chamber Board Tours Naval Support Activity Panama City
On December 10th the Panama City Beach Chamber Board of Directors and staff toured Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA-PC) and its tenant commands, including Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Navy Experimental Diving Unit, and Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division's Unmanned Systems Facility, Air Operations hangar, and ...(Read More
CNN.com names PCB area one of five Value Travel Destinations
A recent CNN.com article announced Panama City Beach/Panama City area as one of the five value destinations for winter travel. “With highs in the 60s even during winter, there’s always something to do in the area.“ So what number did Panama City Beach rank among other destination ...(Read More
President Obama & Family Enjoy the Gulf Coast Waters in PCB
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Whether or not he would wade into the water became the question hanging over President Barack Obama’s overnight stay on the Gulf Coast.
Obama answered it within hours of his arrival in Panama City Beach, when he took his daughter Sasha, 9, out for a ...(Read More
Panama City Beach Voted #1 on The Weather Channel
Panama City took the #1 spot in our online poll. With its wide beaches filled with white sand and emerald green waters, there's no doubt why people flock to this small beach town.
Any state that's surrounded on three sides by ocean needs its own category. That's why Florida stands ...(Read More
First Lady Michelle Obama Visits PCB
First Lady Michelle Obama waded a few steps into the gulf Monday (July 12th) and confirmed what she just told the rest of America: This beach is the same paradise it’s always been.
“Truly one of the best ways that fellow Americans can help is to come on down ...(Read More
Beach Chamber Wins Four Statewide Communications Awards
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce was recognized for four 2010 Outstanding Communications Awards at the annual Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) conference in October, held in Orlando. The four categories awarded are in “Tourism Guide” for the 2010 Official Vacation Planner; “Membership Directory” for the 2010 Business ...(Read More
Frommer's Selects Region as One of Top Destinations of 2010
Frommer's Travel Guide, one of the best-selling travel guides in the world with more than 75 million books sold, recently named the Florida Panhandle beaches as one of its top 12 travel destinations for next year.
Other areas that made Frommer's list are Tunisia in North Africa; Hanoi, Vietnam; and ...(Read More
PCB Ranked #5 Best Family Beach in America by Travel Channel
A visit to Panama City Beach is about the best way to stimulate all five senses at once. Smell the salty sea breezes from the Gulf; feel the warm water lap against your bare skin; taste some of the best seafood in the country; listen to local bands or top ...(Read More
Online Review of PCB in L’esprit Sud Magazine
The unique sugar-white sandy beaches of Northwest Florida can easily be compared to the amazing shores of the Greater Whitsundays, Australia. With 27 miles of stunning white sands and emerald green waters that remain warm all year long, Panama City Beach Florida has a lot to offer to anyone looking ...(Read More
Governor Crist’s Visit to the Panama City Beach Chamber
Governor Charlie Crist visited the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. That afternoon the Chamber hosted a roundtable meeting with the Governor and ten community leaders representing a cross section of the Beach Chamber Membership. The group discussed the economy, education, property taxes, offshore drilling, ...(Read More