On September 19, 2018 the Bay County Chamber of Commerce was awarded three communication awards and Tamara Barnes, Vice President of Membership, was recognized for her 10 year career in the industry at the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) Annual Conference in Sanibel Island, Fla.
“These awards recognize the efforts of the Chamber and proves the hard work and dedication that our leadership and staff members put forth every day,” said Carol Roberts, President/CEO of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.
Chambers from across the state attended the event of which serves as a continuing education opportunity for executives and staff on an annual basis. Held throughout the state in the various regions, the event attracts speakers from the American Chamber of Commerce (ACCE), Florida Chamber of Commerce, nationally known motivational speakers and providers such as Google. The awards program, shines a spotlight on various chambers and recognizes those with exemplary performance. Awards are judged by chamber peers within the industry for each category. Recipients are selected based on the intention and objectives of the piece, the success of the project, the innovation of the process to develop the product and the professionalism of the product.
In the category of Public Relations Programs, the Chamber won for their Federal Courthouse Campaign, which played a significant role in Washington, D.C. in keeping the Federal Courthouse in Panama City. In the category of CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) Communications/Marketing Materials, the Chamber won for Tourism Appreciation Campaign, a publication designed to educate the public on the role tourism plays in the community and celebrate the growth it has caused for Bay County. Finally, in the category of Audio/Visual/Online Communications, the Chamber won for the redesign of its website, PanamaCity.org. The site was relaunched as a more innovative site designed for increased usability and a better user experience.
Tamara Barnes, Vice President of Membership Development at the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, was also recognized for her 10 year career at the Chamber. “I was humbled to be recognized by my peers and recognition gives special meaning to the milestone,” said Barnes. “I look forward to continuing my career at the Chamber and doing my part to build a better Bay!”