Flagler County Creates 245 Jobs, Unemployment at 4.4%

Flagler County’s unemployment rate remained at 4.4%, according to the latest data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This is the second consecutive month that Flagler’s unemployment rate remained below the pre-pandemic low of 4.5% in February 2020. Greg Blosé, President & CEO of the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce said, “FlaglerContinue reading “Flagler County Creates 245 Jobs, Unemployment at 4.4%”

Charter Communication, Flagler County Work Together to Expand Broadband to Western Flagler

For several months, a group community stakeholders, including Charter Communications and the Chamber, have been working together to identify ways to help extend broadband services to residents in Western Flagler County, which do not currently have access. Expanding access to broadband/internet services in Flagler County is a priority of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee andContinue reading “Charter Communication, Flagler County Work Together to Expand Broadband to Western Flagler”

TABLE IT: School Impact Fee Paused for 60 Days

Flagler Schools and the School Board failed to convince the Board of County Commissioners that “exceptional circumstances” exist that support doubling the School Impact Fee to over $7,000 per newly-built home. The BOCC asked the school system and the Flagler Home Builders Association to continue to work together to resolve their differences. Hoping to makeContinue reading “TABLE IT: School Impact Fee Paused for 60 Days”

WNZF: Flagler’s Economic Outlook on the Right Track

Flagler County has finally recovered the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. WNZF NewsRadio recently shared the Chamber’s perspective on the latest job growth numbers (click video below to hear the radio report):

Flagler County Creates 300+ Jobs in September 2021

4.4% Unemployment Rate is Lowest in Flagler Since Pandemic Started Flagler County has officially recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, at least from a job’s perspective. According to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: Flagler County created 304 jobs in September 2021, Flagler County’s unemployment rate declined to 4.4%, the lowest sinceContinue reading “Flagler County Creates 300+ Jobs in September 2021”

Chamber Launches Small Business Program

First Phase: Identify 10 Small Business Owners That Want to Grow/Strengthen Their Flagler County Business If you own a small business, home-based business or are an entrepreneur that wants to start a business in Flagler County, we’re looking for you. The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with CareerSource Flagler/Volusia, is proud toContinue reading “Chamber Launches Small Business Program”

County Commissioners Appoint Heidi Petito as Permanent County Administrator

Interim no more. The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to appoint Heidi Petito as the permanent Flagler County Administrator via a 5-0 vote today at their County Commission meeting. Mrs. Petito has been serving in the “Interim” role since the retirement of Jerry Cameron (the previous County Administrator). Commissioner Greg Hansen tookContinue reading “County Commissioners Appoint Heidi Petito as Permanent County Administrator”

Boston Whaler Has 20 Jobs Available in Flagler County, Hiring Fair Next Week

Boston Whaler is hosting a job fair on Friday, October 1st at their Flagler County facility in an effort to fill open jobs available at the boat manufacturing company. With more than 20 local jobs available, Flagler County residents are encouraged to review this website or visit the upcoming job fair:

Flagler BOCC Approves Solar Farm in West Flagler

The Chamber applauds the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today, which unanimously approved a solar farm to be built on the Flagler/Putnam county border. The Chamber has advocated for the approval of the FPL/FRP (Florida Renewable Partners) solar project, which will include hundreds of thousands of solar panels that will help diversify Florida’sContinue reading “Flagler BOCC Approves Solar Farm in West Flagler”

Employers/Job Seekers Hit Pause in Response to COVID-19 Delta Variant Surge

Flagler County Adds Just Three Jobs in August 2021, Unemployment Declines to 5.3% The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce last month shared its concerns about the COVID-19 Delta variant impacting job growth in Flagler County. Today, the concerns were confirmed as just three jobs were created in Flagler County in the month of AugustContinue reading “Employers/Job Seekers Hit Pause in Response to COVID-19 Delta Variant Surge”

BOCC Hears from Flagler Schools

The Flagler Board of County Commissioners met in a workshop today to discuss implementing the proposed doubling of school impact fees by the Flagler County School Board from approximately $3,600 per home to approximately $7,200 per home. Flagler Schools Superintendent Kathy Mittelstadt began the presentation to the BOCC to justify, not only the proposed doublingContinue reading “BOCC Hears from Flagler Schools”

Flagler County Behind on Job Creation

Flagler County still has 95 fewer jobs than before the COVID-19 panemic hit and continues to lag behind surrounding counties (Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia) in job growth. WNZF NewsRadio covers the latest from the Chamber, including some good news (click below to listen)… To view the full unemployment report from the Chamber, click here.

WNZF NewsRadio Highlights Monthly Chamber Unemployment Report Analysis

555 jobs were created in Flagler County in July 2021. WNZF NewsRadio, 94.9 FM, highlighted the Chamber’s analysis of the most recent data. Click play below to listen to the news story:

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.3%

555 Jobs Created in July 2021, Labor Force Continues Significant Growth Flagler County job growth got back on track in July 2021, as 555 jobs were created, resulting in the unemployment rate dropping from 6% to 5.3% month-over-month. According to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: Flagler County’s labor force continuedContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.3%”

Why the Chamber is Urging You to Follow New CDC Guidelines

There is a new COVID spike that is significantly impacting Flagler County. The Chamber wants to help make sure your business remains open, your employees remain safe/healthy and your company remains properly shielded from COVID liability lawsuits (SB 72). If you don’t know what SB 72 does and/or you don’t know what last week’s CDCContinue reading “Why the Chamber is Urging You to Follow New CDC Guidelines”

Chamber Urges Businesses to “Mask Up” or Risk COVID Liability Lawsuits

“Flagler businesses should require employees to wear masks in public indoors settings, for now” Because of recent CDC COVID-19 recommendations urging vaccinated people to use a mask when in “public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission,” the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce is urging all businesses in Flagler County to requireContinue reading “Chamber Urges Businesses to “Mask Up” or Risk COVID Liability Lawsuits”

Consultant Recommends $7,000 per Home Impact Fee, District Confirms “Mitigation” Will Continue

The Flagler County School Board met at a workshop on Tuesday, July 20th, in part to hear a presentation from Tischler-Bise, the consultant used to study the Flagler School Impact Fee. The impact fee has not been updated since 2004, and the consultant has recommended a $7,175 school impact fee for single-family homes, nearly doubleContinue reading “Consultant Recommends $7,000 per Home Impact Fee, District Confirms “Mitigation” Will Continue”

Flagler Unemployment Rate Jumps to 6%

Labor Force Continues Significant Growth, Amid Meager Job Creation Only 16 new jobs were created in Flagler County in June 2021, as the unemployment rate jumped to 6%, nearly a full percentage point increase. According to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Flagler County’s labor force continued its strong growth byContinue reading “Flagler Unemployment Rate Jumps to 6%”

Chamber Advocates in Favor of Marinas at County Planning Board Meeting

Flagler County does not have a definition for a “marina” in its Land Development Code. Many waterfront communities do, which signals to landowners what the expectations/regulations are for creating a Marina in Flagler County. The Chamber has been following this issue for several weeks, and last night, urged the Flagler County Planning and Development BoardContinue reading “Chamber Advocates in Favor of Marinas at County Planning Board Meeting”

Chamber Testifies About County Impact Fee Increases

On Monday, July 12, 2021, Chamber President Greg Blose spoke at the Flagler County Board of County Commission workshop on the concerns the business community and construction industry have about six separate impact fee increases the County is considering implementing. Flagler County has not updated its impact fees in many years, meaning they are noContinue reading “Chamber Testifies About County Impact Fee Increases”

CAUGHT-ON-TAPE: WNFZ NewsRadio Airs Audio of Chamber Fighting for Housing Affordability

Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Greg Blose was caught on tape fighting for the approval of an affordable housing ordinance, which ultimately earned unanimous approval from the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners. Listen to the audio of the debate below, which was aired as a part of WNZF NewsRadio’s MorningContinue reading “CAUGHT-ON-TAPE: WNFZ NewsRadio Airs Audio of Chamber Fighting for Housing Affordability”

Farewell Jerry Cameron: County Administrator’s Final Meeting

Jerry Cameron has completed the final meeting of his tenure as Flagler County Administrator. Tonight’s meeting featured a series of highlights of Jerry Cameron’s impactful career as the staff leader of Flagler County Government. In comments to the County Commission, Mr. Cameron said, “It’s truly a privilege to me to serve with people that haveContinue reading “Farewell Jerry Cameron: County Administrator’s Final Meeting”

Chamber Advocates for Affordable Housing Ordinance, Passes with Unanimous Approval

For approximately 18 months, the Flagler County Affordable Housing Advisory Board has been working on an affordable housing ordinance in an effort to help address Flagler’s skyrocketing home prices. This evening, the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance, which creates opportunities for affordable housing builders to work with the county toContinue reading “Chamber Advocates for Affordable Housing Ordinance, Passes with Unanimous Approval”

County Appoints Heidi Petito as Interim County Administrator

The Flagler County Commission voted unanimously to appoint Heidi Petito as the Interim County Administrator for a period of three months, as the Commission plans and executes an executive search for a permanent County Administrator. In doing so, Heidi Petito becomes the first woman to ever lead Flagler County Government. Heidi Petito was appointed asContinue reading “County Appoints Heidi Petito as Interim County Administrator”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.1%

More than 700 jobs created in Flagler County in May 2021 Flagler County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1% in May 2021, with 745 new jobs being filled, according to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Last month the Chamber launched our ‘Return to Work’ initiative, and that’s what people are doing,Continue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.1%”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Remains 5.3%

Flagler County’s unemployment rate remained steady in April 2021 at 5.3%, according to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “The employment, unemployment and labor force data all remained at similar levels compared to a month ago,” said Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce President Greg Blosé. “This is hopefully the calmContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Remains 5.3%”

Flagler County Board of Commissioners Votes to Support the Environment, Safety and Tourism

The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners voted on Monday, February 15, 2021, to support several important initiatives that will support tourism, protect our citizens and keep our environmental treasures protected. In a world full of negative news stories, it’s important to recognize when elected leaders and government officials get it right. Below are theContinue reading “Flagler County Board of Commissioners Votes to Support the Environment, Safety and Tourism”

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Chamber Lauds Boston Whaler Announcement

The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Clayton Park recently published an article sharing the good news about Boston Whaler reopening a boat manufacturing facility and bringing with it 300-400 new jobs. Click the link below to read the article and the Chamber’s comments: https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/business/real-estate/2021/01/25/boston-whaler-add-300-400-jobs-reopening-plant-palm-coast/4249959001/

WNZF NewsRadio: Chamber of Commerce Featured on Unemployment Rate Reduction

WNZF NewsRadio recently highlighted the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce following the news of Flagler County’s unemployment rate dropping nearly half-a-percent to 5.5%. Skip to the 1:10 mark below to hear the audio:

PRESS RELEASE: Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.5%

Flagler County’s unemployment rate dropped nearly half of a percentage point in December 2020 from 5.9% to 5.5%, with 213 jobs being created over the past 30 days. “Last month, our unemployment rate went up because we lost 208 jobs. This month, Flagler County gained 213 jobs,” said Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce PresidentContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE: Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.5%”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Increases Despite Minimal Job Growth

PALM COAST, FL (December 18, 2020) – Flagler County’s unemployment rate increased to 5.9% in November 2020, despite minimal job growth in the region, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Flagler County did see minimal growth in the number of residents finding employment, but the workforce grew faster than the number of jobContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Increases Despite Minimal Job Growth”