CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Major economic development, expanded corporate park, and more local business involvement in improving Coral Springs – these are among the many goals for 2020 of the Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber’s new chair, Andrea R. Jacobs, managing partner of Brodzki Jacobs, explains, below, the priorities for the coming year. She’ll also discuss them at the Chamber’s State of the Chamber event this Friday at Heron Bay Marriott in Coral Springs.
1) What’s your outlook on the business climate in Coral Springs in 2020?
Andrea R. Jacobs: I believe that Coral Springs is poised to have some major economic development in 2020. It looks like the northwest corner of Sample Road and University Drive will start to undergo its transition to the Cornerstone Shops this year. The demolition of the existing building is scheduled for June or July. We are very excited to have this entertainment/living complex in our downtown. Also, the corporate park is expanding and many new businesses are opening daily. Finally, our new city manager is very involved with our economic development and has a long-standing relationship with the Chamber that we believe will yield very positive results in the business community.
2) What are the Chamber’s key goals for Coral Springs business in 2020?
Andrea R. Jacobs: Our goals are to focus on membership and advocacy in 2020.
We will strive to increase our new membership as we have hired additional staff for this purpose. Further, our merger with Coconut Creek has given us a more defined focus on growing our membership in this area. We also will increase our member retention with the various membership appreciation activities and a newly formed committee for this purpose. Finally, we are focused on growing our Trustee and Platinum Circle members with members who will benefit from that additional level of membership. As for the advocacy, we will continue to advocate for business on local, state and national levels to enhance the reputation of our Chamber. We will continue to work with both cities on business-friendly initiatives and track the Chamber interaction of assisting members with city issues. We want to ensure that we are communicating the value of Chamber membership to businesses in our city.
3) What challenges does the Coral Springs economy face in 2020? What can be done to overcome those issues?
Andrea R. Jacobs: Some of the challenges are that national chains such as Lucky’s Market and Bed, Bath and Beyond are closing stores throughout the country. These spaces need to be filled in the future, and we may have to look at more innovative ways to accomplish that.
4) Tell us about your professional experience, and why you wanted to serve as the Chamber’s Chair for 2020?
Andrea R. Jacobs: I am in my 30th year as a practicing attorney. I have run my own firm and now my current firm with my partner Nancy Brodzki since 1993 in Coral Springs. In fact, I went to high school in Coral Springs and graduated from Taravella High School. I chose to come back to Coral Springs after law school and open my practice here. We have belonged to the Chamber since we opened Brodzki Jacobs. The Chamber has been a huge referral source for our firm, and I have made many friendships that I am sure will be long-lasting. When I was getting ready to become an empty nester, I decided I would need something to fill my time outside of the office. The Chamber was the logical place to give back. I am so excited to lead the wonderful group of businesses in the chamber this year.
Learn more about the Chamber’s State of the Chamber event here.