Volusia County to hold public meetings on impact fees

Volusia County will conduct four public meetings to update residents on impact fees. Staff from the county’s Growth and Resource Management Department will provide a brief history on impact fees, present information from a recent consultant study and take questions.

The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on these dates:

 Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand

 Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach

 Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Deltona City Hall Commission Chambers, 2345 Providence Blvd., Deltona

 Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Daytona Beach City Commission Chambers, 301 S. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach

For more information and to view the study, click here

Amendment 2 and it’s impact on business


On September 4, the West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted Drew Carroll of Everybody is for Amendment 2.   The amendment will be on Florida’s 2018 November ballot. Amendment 2 will make permanent the existing 10% non-homestead property tax assessment cap that is scheduled to expire at the end of this year. This protective cap has been in place for a decade and has insulated renters from increased rents, allowed businesses to plan their expenses and helped keep Florida an affordable place to live and make a living.

According to Everybody is for Amendment 2, if Amendment 2 doesn’t pass and the cap isn’t renewed, certain property taxes could increase by unlimited amounts every year. Much like before the cap was passed by Florida voters, local mom-and-pop stores could see their property taxes increase by 30%, 50%, or even higher, which would have a devastating impact on small businesses. Renters could also see their rents skyrocket as landlords pass the extra taxes on to them. Passing Amendment 2 will protect these groups, and more.

As the voice of business in West Volusia, the Chamber is committed to providing information that impacts our business community to ensure that our business owners, leaders, and workers have the important tools they need to make informed decisions.

You can read more about Amendment 2 at this link.

The Chamber and Economic Development

As the voice of business in West Volusia, your Chamber will continue to provide opportunities to advance conversations on improving the climate for business growth and sustainability, economic development, and stimulate innovation in our community. We do this by working with a variety of stakeholders, including elected officials, participation with the Florida State Chamber of Commerce, and others, to ensure that business friendly, pro-growth strategies are cultivated and adopted at all levels of government.

Florida Chamber of Commerce/Florida 2030

The Florida Chamber Commerce  has created a blueprint for how we can remain globally competitive, create prosperity and high wage jobs, and foster vibrant and sustainable communities.  You can read more about the details of this plan and the strategic vision that drives the Chamber at this link.

Economic Development in our Communities:




Orange City

Volusia County

News from our Elected Officials:

Senator Bill Nelson

Senator Marco Rubio

HOB NOB Results

On August 2, the Chamber hosted its popular Hob Nob, with over 50 candidates and over 400 attendees.  Thank you to all our volunteers and candidates who helped make this event a huge success! Thank you to our sponsors American Equity Mortgage , Volusia County Republican Party, West Volusia Beacon, The Daytona Beach News Journal, and Simplicity Solutions. And a special thanks Kelly Anne Moore Photography for the photos. Results from the Straw Poll may be viewed here.