The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to serve, advocate and promote as the trusted voice for our business community, and 2018 saw a number of accomplishments, including our 10th Annual Mayors Breakfast.  Ten years ago, this event was held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Malabar Road and included a few mayors and elected officials. It has since morphed into a ballroom event at the Crowne Plaza with mayors from all 16 cities and towns of Brevard County in attendance. The event provides a unique opportunity to hear an update on what is happening throughout the county at one place and time. This year’s Mayors Breakfast is scheduled for May 17.

A second highlight of 2018 was the Chamber’s second Space Coast Symposium, which included three panel discussions with a Q & A with the audience and a keynote speaker. These illustrious leaders in the space industry shared the direction their organizations are taking and future growth projected for the Space Coast. It was an informative and productive event with five Fortune 500 companies along with titans in the space industry together at one time. This year’s symposium is scheduled for October 18.

A few developments in south Brevard County include Florida Institute of Technology’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design (CAMID) – a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility for manufacturing and design that will be open to all sizes of U.S. manufacturers to test the latest innovations in manufacturing to ensure global competitiveness. 

Within a mile of CAMID is the Aqua Apartment – a luxury 320-unit complex being built by Northshore Development to appeal to millennials working at the nearby Harris Technology Center and Renesas Electronics. Palm Bay Road is also the site of AD1 Global’s Palm Bay Executive Park. This 10-acre site will house an 87-room Home2 Suites by Hilton, a 106-room Hyatt Place Hotel, two restaurants and three retail buildings.

The Interstate 95 and St. Johns Heritage Parkway diverging diamond interchange just north of Micco Road is expected to open in 2019 and will be the third exit off I-95 to Palm Bay, the largest city in Brevard County in both square miles and population. 

There is a lot to look forward to in 2019, and the Greater Palm Bay Chamber has its finger on the pulse of south Brevard, providing updates and information on the growth and development within our community.

2019 is a milestone for the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. We are honoring our past, celebrating the present and envisioning a new path to the future.

2018 Space Coast Symposium

Speakers and panelists included:

Panel 1:

Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Schiess, commander, 45th Space Wing, and director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base (PAFB)

Capt. Jason D. Wartell, commanding officer, Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU)

Lt. Col. Robert Haston, 920th Rescue Wing, 301 Rescue Squadron, Safety & Special Projects;

Chief Warrant Officer David Ladomirak, commander, U.S. Coast Guard.


Panel 2:

Thomas O. Engler, director of the Center for Planning & Development Directorate at KSC

John Timmermann, general counsel of Airbus OneWeb Satellites

Tony Taliancich, director and general manager of United Launch Alliance launch operations

Joe Herron, operations and program integration manager, The Boeing Company

Tony Gannon, vice president for research and innovation, Space Florida. 

Panel 3:

Jennifer Marie Hill, space, strategic & missile defense, business development, Lockheed Martin

Todd Twachtmann, vice president, Melbourne & CNS Programs Commercial Systems, Rockwell Collins

Janet Nickloy, vice president, strategic initiatives, Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems Segment

Patricia McMahon, vice president, corporate supply chain, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Daniel R. Bachmann, corporate communications manager, Embraer.