Great Debate Series- Clerk/Comptroller

Don't miss the Sanford Chamber Great Debate Series today!!
Hear your Clerk/Comptroller at 6 pm. 
Located at: Sanford Chamber of Commerce
400 E 1st St, Sanford, Florida 32771

John Orlando on The Housing Market Growth and Commercial Development Highlights 12 Consecutive Months in the Greater Orlando Markets

He writes:

If you've read the news or driven around the Greater Orlando Area, there's no denying the fact our city is growing rapidly. What's fueling our extensive growth? Well, there are several factors and it would take too long to list. However, we can highlight such factors as local economic development commissions, public officials, local corporations, and developers have invested a significant amount of time into the foundation and development of the 24th largest city in the US. Now that we are completing the perimeter freeway, an additional airport concourse, expanding the Sun Rail, and widening I-4, I'm willing to bet the 20th largest city ranking in the US is within reach.

Looking Back a Few Years:

During the recession, we suffered greatly in the Orlando markets as the "Big Short" on Wall Street put us in a pickle with excess inventory of delinquent housing & commercial space. It didn't matter if you were a young professional or the most experienced investor, you felt the impact. We all knew coming out of this recession was inevitable... The big question was were local public officials and economic development organizations placing the right foundation, platform, and tax incentives in place to attract big business for future growth. The answer is YES, as our city is one of the leading cities in the country as new industries to our market evolve, tourism surges, educational institutions thrive, and construction jobs grow weekly.

What Industries are Evolving or Growing:

Orlando is the world capital of Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) and the top producing region for engineers in the Aviation, Aerospace & Defense industry. As the nation’s newest hub for Advanced Manufacturing, Orlando is home to the world’s first international consortium for advanced manufacturing and research. Life Sciences & Healthcare are growing here at exponential rates with more than 92,000 jobs and growing. Orlando's Innovative Technologies industry, with an ecosystem that includes the Southeast’s largest tech meetup, is comprised to 2,600 companies with an average wage of $70,000. Source:

Major Housing & Retail Projects: Seminole County & Lake Nona

Lake Nona captures headlines every week as existing neighborhoods are full of new construction. Plus, more than 10,400 homes are slated within two developments in the area over the next year. Retail projects such as Lake Nona Landing is building just under 1/2 million square feet of retail shoppes, restaurants, and office space. Not to mention other development groups working on numerous projects. Lastly, the USTA (Tennis) is building their headquarters at Lake Nona and the Medical City is full in stride towards its' vision.

Seminole County is also seeing significant housing, retail, office space, and even emergency care development. Within the Sanford and Lake Mary areas, you can see pockets of woods being prepped for new home development, existing shopping plazas renovated to bring in popular retail establishments, new construction up and down International Parkway, land developed adjacent to the Sun Rail, large pieces of land off 17-92 being cleared for new large housing project, and the list keeps going... As a resident, the most notable for the Lake Mary/Sanford Area is the thousands of professional jobs continuing to arrive on International Pkwy as Deloitte, CNA (Insurance), Jeunesse Global, and other companies sign long term leases.

The Future of our Economy:

Any economist can tell you that the health of the economy is dependent on deregulation, tax incentives, and the international markets impact on the US. That's a very broad statement as well as the fact that everything in life is cyclical ranging from happiness to the economy. Given the infrastructure, development of diverse industries and appeal to world travelers for our theme parks, you can feel comfortable that Orlando is a solid long term investment and a great place to call home.

Any questions or suggestions can be submitted to:

This just in: Local Veterinarian wants to buy Sanford' s sewer facility!

The Bokey, a wonderful Sanford and Seminole County blog by Dan Ping, has reported that a local veterinarian, Ashley Ansara, has approached the Sanford City Commission about BUYING the sewer plant for $3 million! 

For full story visit:

Diabetes Education for Patients, Friends and Family

On Wednesday, August 17th from 2:00-3:30 pm, you have an opportunity to learn about the latest technology and medications available for diabetes management. You can even get tips on how to improve health and learn of strategies to bring blood sugars under control.

Refreshments will be provided, admission is FREE to the public, come join us in health. 

RSVP is open till 8/12. Call: 386-530-4247


Sanford Art Walk

Calling all artists!
Sanford is hosting their "Art Walk" and there's nothing better than some "COOL ART" on a "Heat Wave". This Art Walk is an art gallery tour, winner of both a "Best Show" award and "People's Choice" award, that goes around Downtown Sanford occurring every third Saturday of the month from 6-9 pm. Public attendance is FREE so don't miss out on this amazing event!

This month's theme is "Anything goes". So its up to you, artists of Sanford and beyond, let's see some "COOL" art!!

Deadline for submissions is: Tuesday 16th , 2016.
Submit YOUR art here:


The Hob Nob is tomorrow!

Sanford, come join the biggest event of the political season tomorrow!

From 4-7 pm at the Sanford Civic Center in Historic Downtown Sanford, this “old-fashioned” political rally will give it's attendants an opportunity to meet the candidates, take part in a “straw Poll” and discuss campaign issues all the while enjoying the sweet deserts of fellowship and company! Don't miss out, come one, come all!

Get a FREE entry with the donation of one canned food item or a $1 donation.

Hosted by Central Florida Regional Hospital. All donations benefit the Seminole Public School Food Pantry.

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Recently the Sanford Chamber held the first of many debates in our new effort, the 2016 Great Debate Series. Sponsored by Florida Hospital, the series provides a public service for both our members and our broader community across both Seminole and Volusia Counties. The Chamber is an apolitical organization so we do not support or endorse candidates or parties. Our contribution is to provide an apolitical opportunity for business and residents to meet and hear the positions of candidates that will represent them.

Upcoming debates will feature candidates for Clerk of the Courts (Seminole County) on August 3, Seminole County School Board and State of Florida House seats on August 10, State Representatives and Judges in Volusia County on August 17 and District 6 US House of Representatives (Volusia County) on August 24.

Additional debates will be held in October. They include the races for Seminole County Commissioners on October 6 and the US House of Representatives District 7 seat on October 13. Please plan to join us and assist us to spread the word about these debates. You will find specific information on the Chamber’s website at or on the Chamber’s Facebook page.


For many years, the Sanford Chamber has been a strong supporter of education in Seminole County. Currently, the Chamber’s Education Committee, under the direction of Chairman Guss Rahal of Metrovista Printing, is planning its 2016-2017 year. Included in their overall plans are a Teacher and Staff Recognition Breakfast in October, Job Shadow Day in January and the monthly recognition of outstanding students and teachers.

Recently the Chamber sent out a mass request for our members to support their efforts by providing items for the bags each teacher and student receives during their monthly recognition. Thank you to the following companies who stepped forth to participate.

Central Florida Zoo, City of Sanford, Community Legal, Edward Jones - Leigh Ann Lyons, Florida Bank of Commerce, Firehouse Subs, Headquarter Hyundai, Higgins House Bed & Breakfast, Lake Mary Life Magazine, Momentum Marketing, Orlando Sanford Airport, PDQ, Regions Bank, Scentsy, Seminole County Cultural Arts, Seminole State College, State Farm-Gail Williams, True Health and Zoom Air. 

To support the committee, $10.00 from each member company in the Chamber goes to the programs of the Education Committee. If you or a member of your staff would like to be involved in the efforts of the Education Committee, please contact Frank at the Chamber office at 407-322-2212 or email him at

Frank's Focus - August

THANK YOU! I often tell people that those two words do not seem to be enough. That’s how I feel with business members who support our efforts.

Thank you for supporting your Chamber of Commerce, an organization working to improve both business and the greater communities in which we live, work and enjoy life. Support of the Chamber allows us to complete so many initiatives that are important to the overall success of business and the quality of life. With that support, we work hard to accomplish our mission while providing benefits that meet the needs of our membership.

Here in Sanford, just like in so many communities across the country, the Chamber is the organization that leads, facilitates, collaborates and serves in many other roles. Moreover, like in other communities, we do so only with support from our business community.

Over the past few years, the Sanford Chamber has been able to grow in strength and numbers. According to the Orlando Business Journal, your Chamber is now the seventh largest Chamber within Central Florida by total income, fifth in total members and third in numbers of volunteers involved in the Chamber. Growth in both membership and members involved is giving us the strength we need to be successful.

So, thank you! Thank you for support of the Sanford Chamber and for your involvement in our organization.  

Preparing For a Storm: A Guide for Your Business

Preparing For a Storm: A Guide for Your Business

At FPL, we know the impact that a major storm can have on your business. We have a plan and urge you to prepare as well so you and your employees can get back to business safely and as quickly as possible.


FPL has been recognized for building a stronger and smarter electric grid, most recently receiving an Award of Excellence from the International Smart Grid Action Network and the Governor’s Sterling Award for its innovative smart grid technology. These tools are helping FPL improve system reliability year round, and below is a guide that provides more tips to help you prepare for hurricane season:


Plan ahead:

·         Ensure your employees’ contact information is up-to-date and that you have a plan in place to communicate after the storm passes.

·         Determine if your business is in a flood and/or evacuation zone and review evacuation routes; identify an emergency temporary site.

·         Identify what you need to secure your building or office.

·         Review your insurance coverage; photograph or videotape your building or office – inside and out.


Before a storm:

·         Gather supplies to secure the exterior of your office and protect interior furniture.

·         Fully charge all portable electronics.

·         Make multiple back-ups of computer files and data, and store records off premises.

·         Record a special voice message informing employees and customers the status of company operations.

·         Close your offices with sufficient time to allow employees to secure their own homes; inform clients that you’re closing early and when you plan to reopen.


After a storm:

·         Watch for downed power lines. Call 911 or FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE to report fallen power lines that present a clear and imminent danger to you or others. Do not attempt to touch any power lines. Always assume that every power line is energized.

·         Stay connected with us, report an outage and get updates at , which is also accessible on mobile devices.

·         In case of interior water damage, immediately turn off your circuit breakers, disconnect all electrical appliances and turn off all wall switches. Remember, never stand in water while operating switches or unplugging any electrical device.

·         If you use a portable generator, read and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines.


For more storm and safety tips, visit us at


Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts or more than 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2015, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the sixth year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2015 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,800 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2016 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information, visit these,,

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