The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce has been in our community for 100 years! In our storied past are countless examples of how the Chamber has worked to serve the great city of Daytona Beach and our surrounding community.
Please take a moment to explore the following timeline to learn about the century-long history of your Daytona Regional Chamber and the development of our community over the last ten decades.
Please share photos and content that can be added to the decades as we build this historical picture of our area. Just email the Chamber your photos and text information explaining your submission.
Visit our timeline, learn a thing or two about our community, and check out our Facebook page for a chance to test your knowledge with our monthly Centennial quizzes!
“Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, 1919” Postcard by H & W.B. Drew Co., courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/163996
With the First World War ending in 1919, Florida began to establish itself as a booming economy, the state’s increased agricultural production setting the stage for the coming real estate boom of the 1920s.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Chamber began to take a futuristic look at its work in the Daytona Beach area.
In 1953, the Chamber began to focus heavily on converting tourists to residents, specifically targeting retirees.
In July of 1964, the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce received accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, becoming one of the first in the nation to do so.
By the late-80s, Daytona Beach had overtaken Fort Lauderdale as the top destination in the country for college students on Spring Break, drawing in over 350,000 breakers annually.
The 1990 film Days of Thunder, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, was set and partially filmed in Daytona Beach.
In 2000, the Chamber—then called The Chamber, Daytona/Halifax Area—was instrumental in establishing a U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) presence in Daytona Beach.