Panama City Beach Chamber News
5th Annual Run for the Redfish
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce has been diligently working to host the 5th Annual Run for the Redfish on Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Runner’s from across the country will participate in this combined half-marathon, 5K and kid’s fun run to start/finish at Pier Park. A ...(Read More
Pier Park Joins Effort to Collect & Recycle Cigarette Waste
Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s premier open-air shopping destination with more than 125 popular retail and dining choices, has joined a national effort to keep cigarette waste out of area landfills, waterways and off Panama City Beach streets. The center has teamed up with TerraCycle, a recycling pioneer, to ...(Read More
Dave & Buster’s Set to Open Spring 2014
Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s premier open-air shopping destination with more than 125 popular retail and dining choices, recently announced that it will enhance its celebrated mix of entertainment offerings with the addition of Dave & Buster’s, set to open during spring 2014. Recognized as the ultimate combination of ...(Read More
2014 Beach Chamber Annual Dinner
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its celebratory Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort. This year’s theme is “Red Carpet Affair” and will take place from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.
This prestigious event will recognize eight ...(Read More
TROY Offers Community College Scholarships
Two new Troy University scholarships aim to pave the way for community college transfer students to earn a four-year degree at any TROY campus locations.
Students transferring from an Alabama Community College, or other select community colleges in the TROY service area, will be able to apply for either a ...(Read More
Sterling Resorts Named Among Best-Reviewed on Expedia
Sterling Resorts is proud to announce Ocean Villa has been named to the Expedia Insiders’ Select™ List for 2013. This is an annual ranking of best-reviewed hotels as determined by the world’s leading full-service online travel agency. The Insiders’ Select List recognizes the top-ranked hotels available in the Expedia ...(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
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
NSA-PC Recognized for Installation Excellence
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the 2013 winners for the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. Winning the Navy category was Naval Support Activity Panama City. The Installation Excellence Award is given to the “best of the best” military installations that exemplify ...(Read More
Pier Park To Extend Mall Hours
Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s premier open-air shopping destination with more than 125 popular retail and dining choices, recently announced that it will be extending its hours this summer to meet shopper demand. Area visitors and locals will enjoy extended hours Mon. through Sat., from 10 a.m. to ...(Read More
Oaseas Resorts to Cease Operations/Visitor Information
During the transition to cease operations, Oaseas Resorts has reached out to several management companies to help find accommodations for guests with advanced reservations. “We are very thankful for the management companies in the community, including The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach, who have stepped up to the plate ...(Read More
GCSC President Jim Kerley Announces Decision to Retire
Gulf Coast State College President Dr. Jim Kerley announced today that he will retire effective July 31, 2014. Kerley made the announcement at the annual “Welcome Back” meeting for all college employees. “The faculty and staff are the heart of the Gulf Coast family, and I felt that they needed ...(Read More
6th Annual Grills Gone Wild
The Rotary Club of Panama City Beach presents the 6th Annual Grills Gone Wild, annual signature fundraiser, as a means to raise funds for local charitable organizations in Bay County. Grills Gone Wild is an event where local and regional grillers join together at Gulf Coast State College to share ...(Read More
Innovations FCU New Business Development Manager
Innovations FCU is pleased to announce that David Powell has recently joined our team as Business Development Manager. Prior to joining the Innovations’ team, Mr. Powell was the Commercial Account Representative for Brown & Brown Insurance and has over 15 years of experience in the financial institution industry. He received a ...(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
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
Four NSWC PCD Civilian Employees Earn GWOT Award
Four Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) civilian employees were recently named as Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) medal recipients.
Three of the four GWOT recipients are from the Expeditionary and Maritime Systems Department (Code E) and one is from the Littoral and Mine ...(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
VBA Design, Inc. Hires New Employee
VBA Design, Inc. is proud to introduce Emily Thomasee as our newest addition to our team. Emily will perform the duties of Architect Intern as she continues the process to obtain her Architectural License with the State of Florida.
Emily is a 2010 graduate of Florida A & M University with ...(Read More
Pier Park's 6th Annual New Year's Beach Ball Drop
Ring in the New Year in true Panama City Beach style during the 6th Annual Pier Park Beach Ball Drop! Thousands are expected to gather on the Emerald Coast to welcome 2014 with an evening of live entertainment, fireworks displays, giveaways and more. ...(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
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
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
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
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
Education Committee Hosts Literacy Simulation at Rutherford
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 was held Thursday, May 23rd at Rutherford High School. About 60-70 students participated in this unique experience. Innovations Federal Credit Union ...(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
Regions Bank Names Ryan Davis Panama City President
Regions Bank has named Ryan Davis to the position of City President in the Panama City area. In addition to the City President responsibilities, he will also continue in his role as Commercial Banker for Bay County. Davis will be replacing Michael Menk, who will be relocating his family to ...(Read More
Girl Scouts Honor 2013 Women of Distinction
The Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle honored ten Women of Distinction on August 23 during the Awards Gala at the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort.
“The 2013 Women of Distinction are women who embody the mission of Girl Scouts,” stated Donna Pilson, gala committee chair and a 2012 Women of ...(Read More
Sterling Resorts Wins Top 2013 Flagler Award
Sterling Resorts is the proud winner of the prestigious 2013 Flagler Award, the “Henry”, presented by Visit Florida during the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Orlando, Florida. Sterling Resorts is being honored for their Black Friday e-blast direct marketing campaign as the best in the state. ...(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
"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
Training at NSWC PCD All about Mine Warfare Expertise
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 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
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
Sterling Resorts Adds Rental Property to Mgmt. Portfolio
Sterling Resorts recently signed a contract with WaterCrest Condominiums in Panama City Beach, Fla., to direct onsite operations and rental management duties for the Northwest Florida property.
Joining Sterling’s impressive collection of luxury vacation rentals, WaterCrest Condominiums offers Gulf Coast visitors an ideal setting for family vacations, a couples’ ...(Read More
Laketown Wharf Awarded Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence
Sterling Resorts’ Laketown Wharf property has been honored with TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence. This esteemed award recognizes hospitality superiority and is bestowed to TripAdvisor establishments that consistently receive outstanding customer reviews.
“We owe this award to our amazing staff,” notes General Manager, Gene Murphy. “I’m incredibly proud ...(Read More
Panama City Beach Chamber Recognized Twice by FACP
On Thursday, September 12, 2013, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce was recognized by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) for their hard work and the polished structure of their membership and CVB communication pieces. The Beach Chamber’s in-house publication, The Circuit Magazine, and partnered publication with ...(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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