Economic and Business Development

Marathon Seafood Festival

Our annual premier event featuring fresh Florida Keys seafood, live entertainment and over 200 vendors. Come sea what its all about!

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Relocate to Paradise

It IS POSSIBLE to live & work in paradise here in the Islands of Marathon. Our Marathon Red Carpet Tours program is here to help you every step of the way; what are you waiting for?

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Chamber Advantage/Discount Card

Receive special discounts at participating businesses with your Chamber Advantage Card!

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Economic & Business Development

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce is committed to our businesses and community!  As a chamber we are dedicated to not only promoting our great destination to visitors and tourists but also to those who would like to become residents, open and/or relocate businesses; as well as engage in initiatives and programs that will support, benefit, and empower our businesses & community.

The Marathon Chamber of Commerce currently operates two groups that are charged with economic development initiatives:
I.   Marathon Economic Development Committee (MEDC)
II.  Marathon Red Carpet Tours Program

Both groups are committed to taking action(s) to improve the economics and development of business and tourism in Marathon, both present and future. For more info on relocating to our islands check out our relocation website for helpful infomation, statistics, demographics, and more.

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Mission Statement(s)
 
1.         To work together to ensure the sustained economic development of the City of Marathon & the Middle Keys.
2.         To attain funding via grants and other various methods (fundraisers, marketing co-ops, percentage of chamber revenues) to assist in the development, improvement, and beautification of properties within Marathon.
3.         To effectively develop, implement, and manage the marketing of Marathon to potential tourists, businesses, and those who plan to relocate to Marathon.
4.         To encourage, market & recruit new business & commerce to Marathon.

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Current Projects, Programs & Initiatives:
1) Marathon Video:  2-4 minute promotional video for Marathon and the middle keys.  Focuses on all the great activities, attributes, and atmosphere our destination has to offer visitors and newcomers.  Will be available to all members as well as member's websites.  Video will be placed on various internet sites to promote Marathon (YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, Chamber Website, etc) as well as displayed at various tradeshows around the world!
Video completed and active, click here to watch video!

2) Grow Marathon Business Contest:  The MEDC is working on a new program that will award winners for the best "business-plan" as well as a "new start-up business" here in Marathon!  Awards will consist of a cash prize, discounts with local businesses/vendors as well as a team of advisors that will help the new start-up business.


3) Monthly Email Blasts: The MEDC started a monthly email blast in the Spring of 2009.  These email blasts go to over 250 travel writers as well as over 20,000 recent Marathon visitors!  Our database continuously grows and business members have the opportunity to place ads in these emails every month.  The emails are designed to inform and attract visitors to our destination and include an events calendar.

4) Chamber-Chamber Marketing Program: This program will begin during the summer/fall of 2015 and involves communicating with other chambers around the world and offering them special discounts to their members should they vacation here in the Middle Keys.

5) Marathon Identity & Marketing: MEDC has conducted research and interfaced with various professionals in the industry to help redefine Marathon's identity to better position ourselves for the future and to potential visitors.  New slogan developed is: The Islands of Marathon, the Boating Destination of the FL Keys.  We have also successfully made recommendations to our district marketing committee to advertise in more publications in-line with our desired demographics and identity such as boating & yachting as well as general aviation publications.

6) City Recommendations: The MEDC has successfully made recommendations and worked with our City to allow for a smoother, quicker, and more efficient building permit allocation/attainment process as well as reducing the amount it costs to transfer building rights.  Both initiatives serve to increase the amount of building projects which results in job creation, increased population and the exchanging of professional and commercial services/prducts.  

7) Customs & Immigration advocacy: working with the City and County on attaining customs & immigration services at Marathon Airport & Boot Key Harbor (anticipated opening April 2015).  Will result in more general & commercial air service/traffic as well as increasing the number of visitors that can visit our destination.  Will also have Marathon and the Middle Keys poised and ready for when Cuba does open up for travel.

8) Business Recruitment Initiative: Formed the Marathon Red Carpet Tours Program which will actively market and recruit new business, ventures, and investment(s) into Marathon and the Middle Keys.  Visit this program's new website for additional info: http://www.marathonredcarpet.com/