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  • Tampa Receives Military Spouse Impact Award for Community of the Year by Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Cha

    Tampa receives the Military Spouse Impact Award for Community of the Year by Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

    This award recognizes a community and its leaders for their efforts in creating a strong, inclusive community that allows military spouses to thrive both inside and outside of the gates.

    “Hiring Our Heroes created Military Spouse Empowerment Zones (MSEEZ) to bring together local and national employers, local Chambers, installations and other community partners to build robust employment networks for military spouses,” said Elizabeth Larsen, director of community event and programs at Hiring Our Heroes. “As one of the first zones to be designated, the Tampa MSEEZ is a perfect example of what we had in mind and the military spouses who live in the Tampa community are benefiting from their efforts to provide them with professional development training and connections to employers as well as advocating on their behalf.”

    In 2018, Tampa was one of the first communities to be designated as a Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ) because of its commitment to military spouse employment. Since then, the working group has grown to include 45 local employers with the unwavering support of the local installation, local Chambers of Commerce, and the business community. In 2020, they set clear goals aligned to the MSEEZ’s hire, train, and advocate pillars resulting in the creation of a local military spouse employer directory which creates a direct line of communication from Military Spouse Professional Network members to local hiring managers at military spouse ready companies- with the goal of reducing the time to hire after a PCS to this area.

    “We’ve always known that the community in Tampa Bay is strong and that our business community is equally robust, but to see the work that has been done to support our military families, and more specifically military spouses is incredible,” said Bob Rohrlack, Tampa Bay Chamber President & CEO. “We are proud to be one of the Tampa Bay companies who have pledged to hire military spouses and have hired both military spouses and veterans who are currently working on our chamber team. We’re proud to live, work, and play in a community that not only says they support military families, but that actively puts words into action to support our nation’s heroes.”

    The MSEEZ has also hosted industry events with some of the largest employers in the area, building camaraderie and sharing best practices among employers while also educating spouses about what makes this local economy unique. Additionally, the MSEEZ worked with the Tampa Bay Chamber to advocate for statewide tracking of military spouse unemployment during the 2021 legislative session.

    “We are incredibly proud for Tampa to receive the Military Spouse Impact Award for Community of the Year,” said Kelly Flannery, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “We have an underutilized, educated, and highly skilled pool of talent right here in our own backyard. We look forward to continuing to work with the U.S. Chamber, Hiring Our Heroes, and local partners to bridge the gap between military families and the business community.”

    Tampa Bay Companies Who Have Pledged To Hire Military Spouses:
    • 9Line LLC
    • MCS of Tampa
    • AAA The Auto Club Group
    • Mears Group
    • Alight Yoga
    • Moffitt Cancer Center
    • Amazon
    • National Veterans Chamber of Commerce
    • Amgen
    • NexTech Solutions
    • Andesa Services, Inc.
    • Northwestern Mutual
    • Aramark Services, Inc.
    • Paragon Cyber Solutions, LLC
    • Barry University
    • Quiet Professionals
    • Booz Allen Hamilton
    • Saint Leo University
    • Bright Investments, LLC
    • St. Petersburg College
    • CVS Health
    • Starbucks Coffee Company
    • Empath Health
    • Tampa Bay Chamber
    • Exchange Analytics
    • Tampa General Hospital
    • GEICO
    • The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
    • Hillsborough County BOCC
    • USAA
    • Huntington Learning Center and School of South Tampa
    • VetCor, LLC
    • Law Offices of Julianne M. Holt, Public Defender, 13th Judicial Court
    • Western Governors University
    • Loyal Source Government Services
    • WWC Global
    For more information and to have your company included in the Military Spouse Employer Directory, please contact Katie Lopez, Director of Military and Workforce Development at The Tampa Bay Chamber at klopez@tampabaychamber.com.

    About the Tampa Bay Chamber
    The Tampa Bay Chamber is committed to serving our members and enhancing our community by building business success. The Chamber provides a greater return on investment and involvement by providing innovative leadership, inside access, influential advocacy and increased opportunities. For more information on the Tampa Bay Chamber visit www.TampaBayChamber.com

    About the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
    Established in 1926, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce is an association of more than 600 businesses and organizations making the South Tampa community a better place in which to live, work, and play. Our active membership consists of local businesses, professionals, non-profits and government representatives who enjoy connecting to the community though advocacy, educational and leadership opportunities. The South Tampa Chamber is recognized as the 2020 Chamber of the Year by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals and a Three-Star Chamber of Valor by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. www.SouthTampaChamber.org