Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Press Release

LEESBURG, Fla The City of Leesburg will begin milling and resurfacing Main Street from Canal Street to Orange Avenue in downtown starting June 11, and expects to finish on or before June 30. Roadway construction will occur nightly from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will include temporary street closures, and detours along with periodic loss of street parking on Main Street from Canal Street to Orange Avenue.

Work will begin at the west end of the project at Orange Avenue and will include the following construction sequence and lane closures:

  • June 11 thru June 13:
    • Eastbound Main Street lane from Orange Avenue to 1st Street
  • June 13 thru June 16:
    • Eastbound Main Street lane from 1st Street to Canal Street
  • June 18 thru June 20:
    • Westbound Main Street lane from Canal Street to 1st Street
  • June 20 thru June 23:
    • Westbound Main Street lane from 1st Street to Orange Avenue

The City’s goal is to complete the roadwork quickly, efficiently, and with minimal disruption. Weather may affect the construction schedule.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact John Farfaglia at (352) 516-9230 or john.farfaglia@LeesburgFlorida.Gov.

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 21,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.


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Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce opens in the Historic Mote-Morris House.

Leesburg, Florida – On Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m, Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce will open its doors as the new Leesburg Visitor and Welcome Center located at 1195 W. Magnolia St., the Mote-Morris House.  The Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce office has approximately 3,000 visitors a year inquiring about Leesburg. The Chamber has partnered with the Leesburg Heritage Society to stage the house for self-guided tours and open as the Leesburg Visitor and Welcome Center.

The Mote-Morris House, was built in 1892 for eight-term Leesburg Mayor, Edward H. Mote, and his wife Lucretia, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.   In 1918, the home was sold to John S. and May James Morris and a member of the Morris family would live in the house for the next 70 years.

The Mote-Morris House is a fine example of late Victorian Architecture.  It is a combination of styles, including its four-story turret, and two-story bay on the east side of the house.  It is one of only a few original residences remaining. The house was built shortly after the town was platted and has had only minor changes in its 125-year history.

Leesburg Visitor and Welcome Center will host self-guided tours Monday thru Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Large groups are welcome with reservation. To reserve your tour today, please call 352-787-2131.

Join us Thursday, March 16th at 5:30 p.m. for the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s March Business After Hours and Open House as we celebrate 125 years of Mote-Morris House history, a historical Leesburg treasure!

Promoting Progress and Profit in the Leesburg Area!

For more information, please contact maria@leesburgchamber.com. Visit leesburgchamber.com.



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Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6 p.m. at the Leesburg Armory, the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 80h Annual Chamber Awards and Installation Gala, a “Whoville-ation Celebration”.  Two hundred and thirty guests gathered to celebrate the Chamber and Leesburg Area businesses and community’s achievements.  Entering through the caves of Mount Crumpit into the lair of the Grinch, then onward to Whoville. Event coordinator and décor extraordinaire, Events by Miss Daisy transformed the venue into the festive city of Whoville, and gourmet caterer, Chef Jessy Flinn, Gourmet Today created a “Who” inspired menu. Special Guest, the Grinch was full of Christmas cheer! 

An inspirational and motivational greeting by the Chamber’s Executive Director, Sandi Moore began the event program.  Past-Presidents of the Leesburg Area Chamber presented the 2016 Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Awards to local community members and area businesses that have invested time, money and heart into Leesburg.  Recipient of the prestigious chamber award, the George O. Pringle Award was Ken Bragg.  Followed by Business Women of the Year Award recipient Jennifer Rivera, Insight Credit Union, Public Service Award recipient Don Van Beck, Veterans Memorial Park,   Ambassador of the Year Award recipient Barbara Glatt, Leadership Award recipient Al Minner, City of Leesburg, Business Achievement Award for Small Business recipient Burry’s Pharmacy, Business Achievement Award for Medium Size Business recipient, SignCrafters and Business Achievement Award for Large Business Ro-Mac Lumber and Supply.  Each award recipient was nominated by the Leesburg Area Chamber Members, Ambassadors, and Board of Directors.

Thank you to all of the Event Sponsors for helping make this night memorable and extraordinary!   Events by Miss Daisy, Classic Tent & Events, City of Leesburg, Grand Rental Station, Ford Press, Lake County Economic Growth Department, Beyers Funeral, Comcast, Deans Pest Control, Duke Energy, Insight, Lake Eye, Plaza Cadillac, Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Akers Media Group, ERA Grizzard, Leesburg Partnership, Morris Realty, Ro-Mac Lumber & Supplies, Stokes Fish Co., Lake Trucking, Citizens First Bank, Lake Eye Associates, CenterState Bank, LassiterWare Insurance, ESI, and United Southern Bank.
Promoting Progress and Profit in the Leesburg Area!

For more information please contact maria@leesburgchamber.com or Sandi@leesburgchamber.com. Visit http://www.leesburgchamber.com


 

16-10-01_cwv-2366Leesburg, Florida – On Sunday, October 2, 2016, partners Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Style Magazine and co-founder of Ketel One Vodka, David Van de Velde, joined forces to organize a fundraising event at Fairfax Hall in Arlington Ridge that included a 7-course vodka infused dinner, concert, live cooking demonstrations and laughs.  Celebrity Chef Jon Ashton took the stage as the evening’s Emcee, as local chef’s Vic Donahue II, Jessy Flinn, Cody Workman and Jon Bell demonstrated how to prepare the dish while 35 students from the Leesburg High School Culinary department served that dish to the audience.  Entertainers; 3 Tenors and a Soprano serenaded the audience with familiar ballads from the Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserable.

During the evening, winners of the Cooking with Vodka Recipe Contest were announced, First Place Winner, Carole Iberer for her recipe, “Three Berry Pie with Blueberry Vodka”,  Second Place Winner, Don Moreau for his recipe, “Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo” and Third Place Winner, Gary Neumann for his recipe, “Screwdriver Tenderloin” and each were presented with an award.  Recipes from the evenings dinner are available on the https://leesburg.cookingwithvodka.com/.

The event raised $14,000.00 towards Leesburg Community Schools for special projects and an additional $1,800.00 was raised at the event and gifted to the Leesburg High School Culinary Department.

Thank you to Plaza Cadillac, Lake Eye, Fross & Fross Wealth Management, Bennett Law Center and LRMC Foundation for sponsoring this event!

The Leesburg Area Chamber Foundation is a 501 (c ) 3 that fundraises to raise money for Leesburg Area Community Schools in partnership with the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee.

Promoting Progress and Profit in the Leesburg Area! For more information, please contact maria@leesburgchamber.com. Visit leesburgchamber.com.

 

 

 




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Leesburg Chamber Executive Director Sandi Moore, City Commissioner Dan Robuck III and City Manager Al Minner attended the Lake County Legislative Days in Tallahassee. One of the Leesburg Area Chamber’s initiatives addressed was Leesburg’s Economic Development Climate, they communicated the importance of K-12 public education system and its effect on local business recruitment and economic development in the Leesburg Area.
Education Funding for Florida schools is decided based on the Florida Education Finance Program funding formula.  “The current FEFP results in Lake County School District being #66 (out of 67) in State funding despite being number 19 in student population”.

Groveland, Florida-State Rep. Larry Metz (R-Yalaha), filed House Bill 4047, seeking to repeal the District Cost Differential (DCD) contained within the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) funding formula for K-12 education.

For More Information:  Press Release – Rep. Metz Files Bill to Repeal District Cost Differential

 


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Leesburg is building momentum! Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 p.m. at the Leesburg Armory, the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 79th Annual Chamber Awards and Installation Gala, the “Chamber Express”.  225 guests gathered to celebrate the Chamber and the Leesburg Area businesses achievements. Snowflakes danced on the screen, as the “Chamber Express” train envisioned and built by Bob Tucker, Events by Miss Daisy and Rick Rojas, A Plus Printing greeted guests once entering the decorated venue, a wintery night at the North Pole.  Inspirational and motivational greeting by our very own Executive Director, Sandi Moore embraced the motto Imagine with all your mind, Believe with all your heart and Achieve with all might. An extraordinary evening, with entertainment by Paint it Black Quartet.  Event coordinator and décor extraordinaire, Events by Miss Daisy transformed the venue into the snowing night at the North Pole, and gourmet caterer, Chef Jessy Flinn, Gourmet Today created a Christmas morning menu, including carving stations, waffle station, mash potatoes station and so much more.

Leesburg Area Chamber Executive Director, Sandi Moore and M. C. and event sponsor J. Scott Berry presented the 2015 Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Awards to local community members and area businesses that have invested time, money and heart into Leesburg.  Recipient of the prestigious chamber award, the George O. Pringle Award was Ricardo Rojas.  Followed by Business Women of the Year Award recipient Jessy Flinn, Gourmet Today, Entrepreneur Award recipient Bob Tucker, Events by Miss Daisy, Humanitarian Award recipient LassiterWare Cares, Leadership Award recipient Freddie Williams, Public Service Award recipients, City of Leesburg Commission, Business Achievement Award for Small Business recipient Care Patrol, Business Achievement Award for Medium Size Business recipient, Azure Water Company and Business Achievement Award for Large Business Stokes Fish Company & Lake Trucking Company.  Each award recipient was nominated by the Leesburg Area Chamber Members, Ambassadors, and Board of Directors.

Thank you to all of the Event Sponsors for helping make this night memorable and extraordinary!   Events by Miss Daisy, Classic Tent & Events, City of Leesburg, Grand Rental Station, AllState Stokes Agency, Comcast, Plaza Cadillac, Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Akers Media Group, ERA Grizzard, Lake County Economic Department, Leesburg Partnership, J. Scott’s Skin Care & Day Spa, Citizens First Bank, Lake Eye Associates, CenterState Bank, LassiterWare Insurance, ESI, A Plus Printing and United Southern Bank.

Promoting Progress and Profit in the Leesburg Area!

For more information please contact maria@leesburgchamber.com or Sandi@leesburgchamber.com. Visit http://www.leesburgchamber.com


Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce-Spark Program– On Monday,  September 28, 2015,  45 Leesburg High School Juniors and Seniors congregated at Warren W. Willis United Methodist Youth Camp to build on leadership and team building skills.  Students participated in the Challenge Course which included ropes exercises (low and high ropes).  The Challenge Course offers group exercises that help strengthen team building skills by reinforcing trust and communication through a diverse range of exciting activities and challenges. 

Last school year, a bright spark was ignited, as student leaders from Leesburg High School had the opportunity to participate in a leadership development program created by Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce for Leesburg High School students.  The goal is to ignite our leaders of tomorrow, and promote Leesburg and Lake County opportunities and its success. With the assistance of LHS administration and faculty, we identified student leaders within the school including; academic, sports, performing arts, agricultural, etc. to participate.

The program is organized as 5 day trips/sessions, scheduled throughout the school year. These trips are held throughout Leesburg and Lake County and provide a learning experience about the area and the different opportunities that our great county has to offer.

Thank you to our Sponsors: LRMC, SBDC-Leesburg, LSSC, and Sunset Rotary!!!

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch
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