ST. PETE BEACH Ė In an effort to develop future government, business and civic leaders, the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is forming the new Tampa Bay Beaches Community and Business Institute.
The TBBC&BI is a six-month program leading to a certificate of completion and a one-year membership in the chamber.
The institute features an orientation in June, followed by six consecutive monthly seminars through December. The seminars will be held on Wednesdays.
Each seminar, or executive session, will cover a different area of discussion with either a panel or breakout group, followed by a tour of a location.
Following the June orientation sessions, plans call for a seminar July 23 on marketing at Bright House Networks. The focus will be on understanding the role of media in business growth and will include a tour of the Bright House operation in Pinellas County.
The Aug. 27 seminar will target arts and culture at the Dali Museum while the Sept. 24 gathering will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resort where the focus will be on the value of tourism on the economy.
A seminar Oct. 22 will be held at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater where the topic will be city, county and state government. A Nov. 26 seminar will focus on value of sports on economic development.
The closing dinner will be Dec. 17 at the DoubleTree Resort in North Redington Beach.
Candidates for the institute could be future leaders in a company, a current staff member with a strong desire to excel and become an effective leader, as well as students from Eckerd College and St. Petersburg College.
Cost of the institute is $395 per person. For additional information, call the Beaches Chamber at 360-6957.