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The Lakeland Chamber was one of currently 3 chambers in Florida and 101 nationwide to join the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and ACCE in signing on to a letter to Congress regarding explicit funding of the arts, culture, and creative economy—including everything from performing and presenting organizations to living museums (zoos and aquariums), for-profit creative businesses, visual arts organizations, and individual creative workers.

As outlined in our Chamber’s Policy Guidelines, artistic, cultural, and recreational opportunities play a vital role in attracting new businesses and enhancing community development. Therefore, the Lakeland Chamber advocates for:

•  Responsible for funding for programs and organizations offering exposure to arts, culture, and recreation.

•  Coordinated efforts between arts, cultural, recreational, and tourist development organizations to promote tourism.

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