Volume 48 l November 2019

Weekly eConnection
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Central Pinellas Chamber Upcoming Events
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12/13 - Chamber Annual Holiday Luncheon - 11:45a - 1:15p   
1/23 - Focus on 2020: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast - 7:30a - 9:30a   
Happy Thanksgiving!
Our best wishes to you for a wonderful holiday and sincere thanks for all your support during the year!
Tom Morrissette, President
Kelvin Mack, Events & Community Outreach Director
Rezarta Marini, Receptionist-Visitor Desk Associate

  Chamber Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Thursday, Nov. 28 – Office Closed    Friday, Nov. 29 – Office Closed
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Florida orders cut in workers' compensation insurance rates
Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has signed off on reducing workers’ compensation insurance rates for Florida businesses beginning Jan. 1. Altmaier signed a final order earlier this month, reducing average rates by 7.5% for new and renewed workers’ compensation policies. That is a deeper rate cut than a 5.4% reduction initially recommended this summer by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, which makes rate filings for workers’ compensation insurers. These rate cuts have been a part of the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda for the past several years. 
Florida’s record tourism continues, but growth slows
Florida is continuing its best tourism year ever, welcoming another 31.6 million visitors during the third quarter of 2019. But while gross numbers are at all-time highs, year-to-year growth numbers for the third quarter are the lowest they’ve been in any quarter since 2010. That’s according to numbers released Wednesday by Visit Florida. More from  Florida Politics .
FL Budget experts still expect revenue slowdown
A big question for state budget estimators is not if, but how much, Florida’s revenue will lag expectations in the next two years as the budget conference prepares for next year’s Session. The State Revenue Estimating Conference met Wednesday to prepare its annual year-end report that writes estimates for the next 10 years. The meeting focused on the second half of that next decade. [Source:  Florida Politics ]
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