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LAKELAND, FL (August 31, 2018) – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce host the Constitutional Revision Commission – A Business Perspective with keynote speaker Christopher S. Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Schalamar Creek Golf & Country Club, located midway between Lakeland and Winter Haven.

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Christopher Emmanuel 

Christopher Emmanuel is the Director of Infrastructure & Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as the primary advocate for transportation, utilities, energy, and property rights issues on behalf of the state’s largest business association. Emmanuel sits on the Florida Transportation Plan and Strategic Intermodal System Implementation Committee, serves a Railroad Advocate for GoRail, and is a member of the James Madison Institute’s Board of Advisors.

Prior to the Florida Chamber, Emmanuel served as a Policy Advisor for Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign and for Governor Rick Scott’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign.  Emmanuel has served in the Florida House of Representatives as an analyst for the prominent Regulatory Affairs Committee. While completing his law degree, Emmanuel was selected as a Gubernatorial Fellow placed within the Department of Economic Opportunity and received the Jeb Bush Award for Policy.

Emmanuel holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Florida and J.D. from the Florida State College of Law.  He is a member of the Federalist Society, an alumnus of Florida Blue Key, and is admitted into the Florida Bar. Emmanuel and his wife Elizabeth live in Tallahassee.

Admission for members of the Lakeland and Greater Winter Haven Chambers is $15 each. Admission for non-members is $30 each. Lunch will be provided. Please register online as there will be no admissions at the door. Please see links below. Registration ends 9/20/18.

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Event Name:  Constitutional Revision Commission – A Business Perspective

Location:  Schalamar Creek Golf & Country Club
4500 US Hwy 92 E, Ste 1030
Lakeland, FL 33801-9416

Date/Time Information:  Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Contact Information:  Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 Ext. 229 or rfortier@lakelandchamber.com

Fees/Admission:  $15 each – member of Lakeland Chamber and/or Winter Haven Chamber; $30 each – non-member



The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.


April Small Business of the Month – Silvermoon Drive-In

Silvermoon Drive-In Theatre
4100 US Highway 92, W.
PO Box 1528
Lakeland, FL 33802-1528

The light of the silvery moon is still shining bright on the Silvermoon Drive-In Theatre as it celebrates its 60th birthday this April. On April 14, 1948 the Silvermoon Drive-In, located on U.S. Hwy. 92 W. in Lakeland, opened with the promise of family entertainment at very affordable prices. Today the Silvermoon continues to fulfill those promises with affordable first-run movies on two screens, seven nights a week, and even a flea market and swap shop on the weekends.

Silvermoon Drive-In was the first drive-in theatre to open in Lakeland, and it is the only one remaining, and one of only a few left in Florida. With a beautiful flashing neon sign and marquee that still attracts the attention of those traveling along US. Hwy. 92 W. today, Silvermoon has a refreshment center that offers handmade and homemade pizza and many other delicious selections. You can enjoy listening to the movie through your car radio, or if you want to feel nostalgic they also have in-car speakers available.

The Silvermoon is owned and operated by Harold Spears who began his movie theater management career in 1954, and today is the President and CEO of Sun South Theatres, who also own and operate the Joy-Lan Drive-In Theatre in Dade City. At the Silvermoon 70% of attendees are regulars, and some drive great distances to enjoy the drive-in movie experience. In the early days of drive-ins most attendees were teenagers, today it attracts a cross-section that spans from teenagers and young families to retirees and all folks in between! Mr. Spears’ corporate philosophy of delivering the very best entertainment experience at the most reasonable cost is evident as Silvermoon Drive-In Theatre continues to thrive and remains a landmark people love to frequent. Happy 60th Birthday Silvermoon Drive In-Theatre!

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Silvermoon Drive-In Theatre as the Small Business of the Month for April.

Nancy Cattarius (Hall Communications) & Harold Spears (Silvermoon Drive-In)