Exchanging of the gavel for Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce

From left are Rob Rosen and Tim Finkenbinder.

The Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has elected Rob Rosen of Edward Jones as the 2019 chairman of the board.  Rosen’s “talent, passion, and leadership will serve the business community well in the New Year,” according to a chamber press release.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rob Rosen as our 2019 Chairman and we are convinced that he will make a significant contribution to future development and the growth of our Chamber,” said John Newstreet, president/CEO of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce.

This month marks the end of Tim Finkenbinder’s term as chairman of the board. As his time as chairman comes to a close, John Newstreet, president/CEO of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce stated, “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tim Finkenbinder for his hard work and commitment in building and growing the Chamber to what it is today. Over the last year, his stewardship of the Chamber has been characterized by innovative ideas, strategic thinking and most valuable, his tireless efforts.”

Finkenbinder is a partner at the law firm of Overstreet, Miles, Cumbie, & Finkenbinder.

Engineer honored as KUA employee of the year

Senior engineer Jeff Sizemore has been named Kissimmee Utility Authority’s 2018 employee of the year.

The award recognizes and rewards exemplary performance by a KUA employee based on both performance of their responsibilities as outlined in their job description and on their specific contributions to the mission, goals and values of the utility, according to a utility press release. With the honor comes a plaque, $200 cash, two days off with pay and a reserved parking space.

Hired by KUA in 1991, Sizemore was recognized for his dependability, strong work ethic and professionalism. In addition to his regular duties, Sizemore serves as a subject matter expert for city and county government with regard to power needs for Osceola County’s growing urban area. He also works with vendors to improve the quality and design of materials used in the construction of the utility’s electrical grid to ensure high reliability for customers.

Sizemore serves as the utility’s in-house expert on LED street lighting and led the effort to design and build a permanent memorial light to honor the lives and service of Kissimmee Police Department Sergeant Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter, both of whom were tragically killed in the line of duty in 2017.

St. Cloud downtown revitalization ribbon cutting ceremony

Mayor Nathan Blackwell, City Manager Bill Sturgeon and the St. Cloud City Council invites the public to attend the Downtown Revitalization Phase I Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Friday at 4:30 p.m.

 The ceremony, which will be held along New York Avenue and 10th Street, marks the completion of phase I of the project.

“We are excited about the completion of phase I of the Downtown Revitalization Project. It has brought a new energy to our already vibrant downtown. It was a team project that was years in the making, and to see it become a reality is amazing. We are confident that this will help bring more residents and new businesses to downtown. The future of St. Cloud is bright,” said Sturgeon.

St. Cloud Main Street’s Hipstoric Event will follow the ceremony.