Some major changes could be on the horizon at the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, with the ultimate goal of getting it out of the sunshine.
The Chamber’s board of directors gave unanimous approval last week to begin the trek to privatize the organization. That would make the new Chamber arrangement exempt from Florida’s Sunshine Law that covers open meetings and records.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the third quarter Gross Domestic Product, which reflected an increase of 2.85 percent, stronger than the second quarter GDP estimate of 1.9 percent.
Harper credits the increase with growth in inventory investment and in structures and residential investments.
Additionally, payroll provider ADP reports that Florida’s growth in private sector jobs has slowed to about 8500 jobs in September. Harper says that’s still short of pre recession levels of about 13,000 new jobs per month.