Web site takes users to city and county links

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 30, 2007

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled its new Web site: www.largochamber.org. It features links to chamber businesses as well as important city and county links.

Cindy Paquin, chamber communications and events director, calls it "a work in progress and we're anxious to know what the community thinks." One new service under the business directory link allows visitors to view and print a map leading to the business location.

As part of its ongoing branding campaign to more accurately reflect its role as a unified business organization, the chamber has also changed its office e-mail address to info@largochamber.org Other staff addresses can be found on the Web site.

Largo city candidatesto speak at two forums

Largo residents and business owners will have the opportunity to hear how Largo City Commission candidates stand on issues affecting the community at two city candidates forums presented by the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce.

The first takes place during the monthly business luncheon on Oct. 16 at East Bay Country Club from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for lunch is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To make reservations, call Sherry at the chamber at 584-2321.

The second is the Get Out and Vote Forum at City Hall on Oct. 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will take place in the City Commission chambers and will be televised live on LTV Channel 15. It will be repeated several times before the election day, Nov. 6.

If you have a question or issue you would like to be consider during these forums, e-mail tom@largochamber.org

New board of directors, executive committee

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2007/2008 executive committee and board of directors. They were elected this summer in accordance with the organization's bylaws.

-Executive committee:

Richard "Ricky" Satcher, chairman of the board; Derri Davisson, chairman-elect; George Glover, immediate past chairman; Joe Falanga, treasurer; Dan Flynn, vice chairman, Government/Public Affairs Division; and Laurie Bunce, vice chairman, Economic Development Division.

-Board of directors/first two-year term

Elaine Ebaugh, Health South Rehabilitation Hospital; T. Gene Evans, Colonial Bank; Scott Fagersten, Raymond James & Associates; Darrell Lentz, Sun Coast Hospital; Nancy Loehr, Progress Energy; and Steve Markiewicz, Knology.

-Board of directors/second two-year term

Bonnie Bollenback, Smith & Nephew; Derri Davisson, VIP Market Watch, Dan Flynn, Dan Flynn State Farm Insurance; George Glover, Bay Star Hotel Group; and Sue Osborne, Tampa Bay Newspapers.

Florida CFO Sink part of 'Focus on 2008' program

Got what it takes to be Tampa Bay's economist of the year?

Find out when the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and Greater Largo Library Foundation presents "Focus on 2008: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast" on Nov. 15 at the Largo Public Library Jenkins Community Wing. It runs from 3 to 5 p.m.

Among the featured industry panelists is Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. The state's second highest elected office holder, Sink will provide a look at the state of the state's economy.

Other panelists will offer predictions on "green" energy trends, health care, real estate and the national and world financial markets. Presentation of the 2007 Economist of the Year Award and surveys for the 2008 honor will also take place.

Cost to attend is $25. Only 300 seats are available, so purchase your tickets by calling the chamber at 584-2321 or the library foundation at 586-7398.