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Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Makes 2020 Candidate Questionnaires Available to Public

We are pleased to announce that the completed questionnaires received from 2020 candidates are now available below.

City Council Candidates

Brenton Goodman

Delarian Wiggins

Jennifer Brahier

Ron Helms

Teniade Broughton

County Commission

Jeff Bergosh

John Reading

Jonathan Owens

ECUA

Calvin Avant

Clorissti Shoemo

Debra Brusso

Kevin Stephens

Larry D. Williams

Vickie Campbell

Larry Walker

Sheriff

Chip Simmons

David Alexander

 

For questions related to the 2020 Great Pensacola Chamber Candidate Questionnaire, please contact Sara Lefevers, Director of External Affairs at slefevers@pensacolachamber.com.

Greater Pensacola Chamber Partners with BRACE and Hillcrest Baptist Church to Offer Continuous Drop Off Site for Medical Supply Donations

By Sara Lefevers | April 10, 2020

The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is excited to be partnering with BRACE (Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies) and Hillcrest Baptist Church to offer a continuous site for medical supply donations. Donations can be made from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday at both Hillcrest Baptist Church Campuses (800 E Nine Mile Rd, Pensacola, FL 32514 or 3960…

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By Sara Lefevers | April 3, 2020

The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is excited to be hosting a final effort to show in person support for our community. Although we had hoped to have more time to plan for this event, given yesterday’s Stay-at-Home Order issued by Governor DeSantis that is scheduled to go into effect on Thursday at midnight, tonight…

Virtual Baby Shower for Military Moms

By Sara Lefevers | March 31, 2020

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Human Trafficking Task Force

By Sara Lefevers | March 18, 2020

The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our strategic partnership with the Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force through the Chamber Foundation. In 2014, House Bill 7141, which promotes the development of identification and assessment tools to assess potential victims of human trafficking, was passed by the Florida Legislature. The bill required…

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By Sara Lefevers | March 18, 2020
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The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our strategic partnership with the Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force through the Chamber Foundation.

In 2014, House Bill 7141, which promotes the development of identification and assessment tools to assess potential victims of human trafficking, was passed by the Florida Legislature. The bill required DCF and other lead agencies to participate in local task forces, coalitions, or similar organizations to work in coordination to local responses in human trafficking. These task forces work in conjunction with the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking.

The Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force is focused on continuing to enhance partnerships with community-based organizations, businesses, state and local agencies as well as all levels of law enforcement. "The cohesiveness of these relationships will enable us to be proactive in recognizing human trafficking through prevention, allow a therapeutic response to these unique victims, and help seek justice through the courts by prosecuting the traffickers for their egregious acts. As one task force acting in unison, we can make a positive impact on these victims and our communities." - Task Force Chair, Gretchen Busbee

Currently, at least twenty-five business industries are required by the state of Florida to receive annual human trafficking training, including every school district in the state. Through this partnership, the Chamber will be able to offer this training and education as a member benefit.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has shown its full support of this partnership stating, "Businesses confront a host of logistical, financial, legal, and cultural challenges to ensure that they do not make the problem worse. And the strategies of traffickers are constantly evolving. Actions on their face that may appear legitimate can merely be fronts that disguise trafficking. Companies with global operations and business partners develop detailed and effective programs to address human trafficking. Specifically, companies are concerned about labor trafficking, where individuals perform work through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Businesses, like Walmart and UPS, have proved to be an invaluable resource for combating this problem." They have formed a national campaign to eradicate human trafficking by partnering with A21, a global anti-trafficking organization. https://www.uschamber.com/issues/labor/task-force-eradicate-human-trafficking

The task force meets quarterly and has opportunities for involvement in various initiatives and campaigns through their subcommittees.

For more information on involvement please email SLefevers@pensacolachamber.com or call 850.471.8481 ext. 242.