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Chamber Trustees is a significant part of the Orlando Regional Chamber. The goal of Chamber Trustees is to bring together the senior executives of our largest employers with community, governmental and business leaders throughout Central Florida's region. It's designed to help us exchange information... build consensus... and work together more closely to better meet the challenges of the new millennium. The entire Chamber Trustees is made possible because of the generous support of our 16 Founding Trustees.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wyndham Orlando Resort
8001 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

"Sharing Our Passion for Central Florida"

For nearly 70 years, Heart of Florida United Way has helped more people annually than any other charity operating in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. In August 2008, the organization announced a new strategic direction to respond to the increasing health and human service needs in Central Florida. Known as Community Impact, this new model is strategically designed to address root causes of complex community problems. United Way will continue to be a fundraiser, but will also focus more on convening, collaborating and, when necessary, leading on issues that are critical to Central Florida. More than ever, partnerships and collaboration with visionary committed business and community leaders is at the heart of United Way's work.

A community's posperity depends largely on the passion and influence of its leaders. Enthusiasm is contagious, and Central Florida's success is tied to the excitement that leaders show toward making it a better place. Meg Crofton, president of the Walt Disney World Resort, will emphasize the value of passionate leadershipand the benefit of partnering with organizations such as Heart of Florida United Way to make Central Florida a better place to live, work and play.

Community Trustees events are generously funded by our founding Trustees. This invitation is non-transferable.
Please RSVP Early to confirm reservation. Seating at luncheon is not guaranteed for late arrivals.

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The Sky is Not the Limit with Space Florida

Friday, February 29, 2008

“2008 will prove to be another exciting year for raising the level of awareness of the importance of Space to our state, inspiring students to choose science and engineering careers, bolstering our expertise and creating a workforce with unique skill sets designed to meet a variety of tomorrow’s technology needs through space-based research,” says Steve Kohler, President of Space Florida. “We are thrilled to be working with public and private partners to make this happen for our state.”

Steve Kohler, President, Space Florida, presents
at the Chamber Trustees Community Luncheon.
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The Chamber Trustees Community Luncheon on Friday, February 29, 2008, featured Space Florida and its president, Steve Kohler. With over 400 people in attendance, he explored plans to ensure that these assets are protected and utilized to their fullest potential for the economic benefit of the region well into the future. Mr. Kohler shared his commitment to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses to our region and to promoting the knowledge of physics and space while advocating aerospace and science education statewide.

Click here for Mr. Kohler's presentation.

United Way Announces Goal and Kicks Off 2007 Campaign

Wednesday, September 12 , 2007

The Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce Trustees gathered businesses and community leaders to officially kick off the Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) 2007 Fundraising Campaign on Wednesday, September 12. A campaign goal of $18 million was announced to more than 600 guests by HFUW 2007 Campaign Chair Kathy Waltz, President and Publisher of Orlando Sentinel Communications.

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“The luncheon was a celebration of our most cherished community asset, the Heart of Florida United Way,” stated Waltz. “It’s my belief that a strong United Way is critical to the health and vitality of any community. Services supported by the United Way are crucial to the fabric of a healthy community and could touch any of us at some point in our lives.”

In addition to the goal announcement, guests heard from a distinguished panel about how our United Way is keeping up with growing demand in our growing community. Panelists included Kathy Waltz; Robert H. (Bob) Brown, President and CEO of HFUW; and Ed Timberlake, President of Bank of America – Central Florida, a former Campaign Chair and Past Chairman of the Board. They each shared insights and strategies about the United Way campaign, the critical purpose the organization serves in Central Florida and its future goals.

The luncheon was an element of a three-year partnership between HFUW and the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. “For nearly 70 years, Heart of Florida United Way has impacted more people annually than any other charity operating in the tri-county area,” stated Jacob Stuart, President of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and HFUW board member. “In support of its work and as part of our continuing effort to support outstanding community-based organizations that make a difference in Central Florida, the Chamber has formed a partnership with our United Way for the next three years. A community cannot prosper without partnerships.”

Through many community partnerships, HFUW has experienced a $2 million increase in the annual campaign over the past two years. Last year, the organization raised $17.35 million under the leadership of Campaign Chair Gary Woodrell, Vice President of Refractive Manufacturing for Alcon Labs; and $16.75 million in 2005 under the leadership of Lee Cockerell, a former Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort, now retired.

“We are very proud to have Kathy Waltz as this year’s campaign chair,” stated Robert H. (Bob) Brown, President & CEO of HFUW. “Her willingness to take on this role is testimony to her commitment to improve the quality of life for people in need of help right here in our community. It is also an opportunity for the United Way to take a great campaign to an even higher level – a path we’ve already begun to travel. Under Kathy’s direction and leadership, she’s established a who’s who list of Central Florida business leaders as her Campaign Cabinet. And, each and every person has been working very hard for her and the United Way to open new doors and make this year’s campaign the most successful ever.”

HFUW provides support to nearly 100 agencies, and funds nearly 200 critical health and human service programs, collects and donates in-kind goods and services, recruits and trains volunteers, and coordinates and manages more than 450 workplace giving campaigns.

To get involved, please call 407-835-0900 or visit www.hfuw.org.

About Heart of Florida United Way
Heart of Florida United Way is Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services charity. As an official Points of Light Volunteer Center, an authorized Gifts In Kind International affiliate, operator of United Way 2-1-1, Central Florida’s community resource phone system, and the largest provider of funds to Central Florida’s most critical health and human service programs, Heart of Florida United Way impacts more people annually than any other charity operating in the tri-county area. Heart of Florida United Way partners with local businesses, government, other charities, and individuals to increase awareness of local health and human service issues, and to inspire hope, provide options, and create possibilities for the people in our community. Established in 1939 as the Community Chest, the Heart of Florida United Way has been providing service to the Central Florida community and to its neighbors in need for nearly 70 years.

Diversity, Inclusion and Community Wealth

Friday, June 15, 2007

Special Guest:
Marc H. Morial, President and CEO
National Urban League

If the United States does not take immediate steps to address the black male crisis, the nation risks losing its greatest untapped resource," said National Urban League President Marc H. Morial in presenting the League's annual "State of Black America" report at the National Press Club in April. It contains a statistical measurement of "equality gaps" between blacks and whites in economics, education, health, civic engagement and social justice.

Morial has worked to reenergize the League's diverse constituencies by building on its strengths and increasing its profile. With a $40 million budget and 100 affiliates nationwide, the National Urban League serves an estimated 2 million people. Diversity, Inclusion and Community Wealth will be the focus of his remarks at the Chamber Trustees Community Luncheon.

Empowering black men to reach their full potential is the most serious economic and civil rights challenge we face today. Ensuring their future is critical, not just for the African American community, but for the prosperity, health and well-being of the entire American family.

"Rebuilding Community"

Wednesday, March 29, 2007

Special Guest Speaker:
Tom Murphy, Former Mayor of Pittsburgh

Former Pittsburgh Mayor and ULI Fellow, Tom Murphy, busted some myths that some of us may still cling to about our lives and our communities. Many of us are holding on to the picture of two parent households, 2.5 kids, a dog and a white picket fence. But those days depicted in the ‘50s television shows are no longer reality. . . if they ever were!

Changing family and community demographics, changing incomes, increased mobility of the population, increasing immigration, established and emerging ports of entry, coupled with changes in petroleum consumption, products and imports, increasing fuel prices and longer commute times, and dwindling public funding are contributing to our need for regional cooperation to build a competitive advantage. And, this is happening all across the country.

Former Pittsburgh Mayor and ULI Fellow, Tom Murphy
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Murphy highlighted specific examples in Denver, St. Paul-Minneapolis, Cleveland, Allegheny County/Pittsburgh, and yes, Orlando that are making public-private partnerships work as a result of Regional Cooperation, Infrastructure Investment and Leadership. Initiatives like myregion.org, “How Shall We Grow?’ and Project Hometown, that is building community support along with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty for public venues in our community that must be considered regional assets, are important examples of what communities throughout the United States are doing to address the concerns of growth and community reinvestment and rebuilding that are so critical to economic well being.

Tom Murphy knows what he’s talking about! Our special guest speaker at the Chamber Trustees Community Luncheon last Thursday is a community builder of the first order. Starting out in the Peace Corps, then as a community activist, then on to 16 years as a state legislator, he was elected Mayor of Pittsburgh in 1994. During his tenure as Mayor, Tom Murphy he led the transformation of the economy of the Pittsburgh region. He initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than 4.5 billion dollars in economic development.

He led the efforts to secure and oversee 1 billion dollars in funding for two professional sports facilities. He formed partnerships to complete more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted land into new commercial, residential, and public uses. He has left a rich legacy benefiting the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the entire region of Western Pennsylvania.

Today, he is a champion of people in the Gulf Coast Region. As a Senior Resident Fellow for the Urban Land Institute, Tom Murphy is leading the Urban Land Institute’s efforts to help those who suffered through Hurricane Katrina. Through his efforts Tom Murphy has become an architect of hope, pride, and economic renewal.

Chamber Trustees is a significant part of the Orlando Regional Chamber. The goal of Chamber Trustees is to bring together the senior executives of our largest employers with community, governmental and business leaders throughout Central Florida's region. It's designed to help us exchange information . . . build consensus . . . and work together more closely to better meet the challenges of the new millennium.

The Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce is shaping our community’s future by focusing on what matters to the millions of people who call Central Florida home. Strategic imperatives that include Medical School & Medical Community Development, Level One Trauma Center, Public Facilities & Venues, Workforce (Affordable) Housing, Transportation, Education (PRISM), Regional Growth Vision, and Chamber Enterprise provide clear focus to our 1,000-Day Agenda.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Special Guest Speaker:
Steve Davis, CEO of Corbis Worldwide

Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age

United Arts, as part of its annual campaign kickoff, is proud to partner with the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce to bring Steve Davis of Corbis to Central Florida.


Steve Davis, CEO of Corbis Worldwide speaks recently at a Chamber Trustees Community Luncheon.

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United Arts of Central Florida is a dynamic collaboration of businesses, governments, foundations, arts and cultural organizations, school districts, artists and individuals. This partnership works to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences available throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Since its inception in 1989, United Arts has invested more than $83 million in local cultural organizations and cultural education.

United Arts envisions a diverse, well-attended, fiscally sound arts and cultural community that serves residents and visitors to the Central Florida region. The United Arts annual campaign runs February through May.Steve Davis is the CEO of Corbis Worldwide, a global leader in creating, sourcing, and distributing digital media.

Corbis (www.corbis.com) is based in Seattle, with offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, Hong Kong, D¸sseldorf, Vienna, and Kuala Lumpur. In 2004, Corbis' revenue exceeded $170 million.Founded by Bill Gates, Corbis represents many of the greatest photographic, art, footage, and other media collections in the world, which it marries with leading technologies to provide innovative products and services to creative professionals, business users, and consumers. Join the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Trustees and United Arts of Central Florida at a Community Luncheon as we share a conversation with Steve Davis on the importance of Business and Arts in growing communities.This event is by invitation only and is non-transferable.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Special Guest Speaker:
Richard T. Crotty
Orange County Chairman

"Inside the Eye of the Hurricane" - The 2005 State of Orange County Address

Our region has experienced some tumultuous times over the past year. Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne blew through Central Florida. Now a storm of a different kind at Orlando City Hall threatens the economic momentum that is fueling our downtown renaissance.


Orange County May Richard T. Crotty presents "The State of the County."

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One thing we have learned through these trials is that the people of our region are resourceful and resilient. Our community knows how to meet challenges head on and emerge stronger than ever.

In his 2005 State of the County Address, Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty will report from Inside the Eye of the Hurricane. Join us while Mayor Crotty examines the kind of leadership that can pull us through the storm and the vision to build a vital community around a High-Tech Hub that connects our major university with cutting edge firms and our world-class airport.

Mayor Crotty will outline how we can build on his Blueprint for Orange County’s Future, the eight guiding principles designed to encourage economic development while preserving our precious water resources and the environment.

Join the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and Orange County Government at a Chamber Trustees Community Luncheon as we share a conversation with The Honorable Richard Crotty, Mayor, Orange County.

Chamber Trustee Luncheons are generously sponsored by our Founding Trustees:
AM 580 WDBO, AmSouth Bank, Central Florida News 13, CNL, Darden Restaurants, Inc., Florida Hospital, Hughes Supply, Inc., Progress Energy, The Tavistock Group, University of Central Florida, Walt Disney World Co.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Powerful Partners: Business and the Arts

Business, community and arts leaders gathered last week to strengthen the powerful partnership between the Central Florida arts and business communities. The celebration, hosted by United Arts of Central Florida and the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, included live performances and exquisite art displays.

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Culture and arts have long been at the heart of community life and have played an especially significant role in the development of great American cities and towns.

The value of culture as a way in which communities can define, revitalize, and sustain themselves has become a matter of wide public discussion, planning, and public policy research. Many of the threads that once held communities together have worn thin.

However, a growing body of research and practical experience suggests that investment in art and culture can help community thrive.

The Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce knows arts, heritage and culture enhance and enrich the lives of all central Floridians and Americans, and this year, like previous years, the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce will sign a resolution in support of United Arts and encourage our members to support the United Arts Campaign through an annual philanthropic contribution.

In 1988, as Mayor of the City of Orlando, W.D. “Bill” Frederick commissioned a series of Cultural Needs Assessments to examine the Greater Orlando market, existing arts institutions, facilities, and the arts consumer.

These studies led to the formation of United Arts of Central Florida, Inc. to serve as the fundraising organization for the area’s major cultural groups.

The mission of the United Arts of Central Florida, Inc., then and now, is to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences in Central Florida. As part of its function, United Arts solicits funds each year in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties to assist cultural nonprofit organizations.

With its inception in 1989, United Arts introduced collaborative arts fundraising in Central Florida and raising in excess of $78 million. This year’s campaign begins this month and runs through May.

Marie McKee, Senior Vice President, Corning Incorporated, delivered the luncheon’s keynote address on the linkage of business and the arts as powerful partners.

“Who could imagine a life without exposure to artistic expression?” Ms. McKee wondered. “The arts are a part of the fabric of any vibrant community – an essential element of every life. It enhances all of our lives to have beautiful things around us, to have events that draw us together, sharing in wonderful music and dance. What would life be like without these things?”

“But as essential as the arts are to our communities, it takes work and commitment to keep them alive. In short, it takes the kind of skills and resources that the business community can provide,” she stressed.

The 550 event attendees enjoyed live performances by the Orlando Philharmonic, Orlando Opera and VOCI Dance, as well as art displayed by local artists and a premier unveiling of new Steuben glass pieces.

For more information on United Arts of Central Florida, Inc., visit www.unitedarts.cc

Monday, March 8, 2004

Special Guest Speaker:
Brian Williams
Anchor, NBC

Reporting from the I-4 Corridor – The Road to the White House

Get a first hand look at the importance of the I-4 corridor that once again may decide who goes to the White House in the upcoming election. Join Brian Williams as he focuses on Central Florida the day before our Presidential Primary and offers an incisive look at the national and global scene.

Since joining NBC News in 1993, Brian Williams has become one of the nation's most accomplished and acclaimed news anchors and traveling correspondents. for more than seven years, his live, nightly hour-long newscast, The News with Brian Williams, has established a new brand of journalistic style and excellence. many of the nation's lawmakers and opinion-makers comprised its nightly audience, and his work has been praised by many television critics and national publications.

In May 2002, it was announced that Williams is to become the anchor of NBC Nightly News, effective December 1, 2004, taking over for Tom Brokaw. It was the first such announced changed in the major network news anchors in over two decades. He was the NBC News Chief White House correspondent from 1994-1996, and was the anchor and managing editor of the Saturday edition of NBC Nightly News for six years. Williams is perhaps best known for his trademark ability to quickly and comprehensively pull together the elements of a breaking news story, combine it with historic context, and report it from either a world hot spot or while live on the air each evening.

Friday, May 30, 2003

Special Guest Speaker:
Sean Hannity
Host, ABC Radio?s The Sean Hannity Show
Co-Host, Fox News Channel?s Hannity & Colmes

Straight Talk Over Pandering and Excuses

After just one year in syndication, Sean Hannity is the second highest rated radio talk host in America and his Fox News show, Hannity & Colmes, has recently overtaken Larry King Live as the top-rated talk show on cable TV. Last Friday, he entertained a crowd of over 600 at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce?s Chamber Trustees "Community Luncheon."

Sean Hannity is the hottest new phenomenon in TV and talk radio today. His gutsy, take-no-prisoners interviews and commentary on the Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes have made him one of cable television's most popular personalities. His ascendance to the top of the talk radio world with ABC Radio's The Sean Hannity Show has won him a huge and devoted following that includes not only conservatives but anyone else who values straight talk over pandering and excuses. The show has grown to over 200 stations, reaching almost 10 million people in less than one year.

During the luncheon, Hughes Supply and AM 580 WDBO were introduced as the two newest members of the Chamber Trustees "Founding Trustees." Representing Hughes Supply was Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Tom Starnes and representing AM 580 WDBO was General Manager, Bill Hendrich.


Click here for a comparison of Chamber memberships.

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For more information:
Kathy Cole at 407.835.2537
P.O. Box 1234
75 South Ivanhoe Boulevard
Orlando, Florida

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