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Scott declares Jobs victory

Scott declares Jobs victory

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott declared Friday that Florida has reached his 2010 campaign goal of creating 700,000 jobs within seven years, as the state's unemployment rate was posted at its lowest rate since May 2008. Four years ago, Scott's jobs pledge was [...]

Studers drop out of CMPA RFP presentations

Studers drop out of CMPA RFP presentations

Yesterday afternoon, the Studers' attorney, Scott Remington, sent a letter to the CMPA executive director, Ed Spears, and the board's attorney, Lisa Minshew, withdrawing their response to the CMPA Request for Proposals for the parcels at the maritime park. "Based on the discussion at the [...]

Clay Ingram to head Greater Pensacola Chamber

Clay Ingram to head Greater Pensacola Chamber

Today, the Greater Pensacola Chamber Board of Directors announced that Clay Ingram has been elected to serve as the Chamber's new president & CEO. Ingram, who was unanimously voted by the Board to oversee all operational aspects of the Chamber, will begin his new role on Jan. 5, 2015. "Clay [...]

CMPA rejects childcare facility at the park

CMPA rejects childcare facility at the park

The Community Maritime Park Associates Board rejected yesterday a proposal from Quint Studer for two parcels at the maritime park. Last month, Studer Community Investments responded to a Request for Proposals for parcels at the park. The company was the only one who proposed specific plans for [...]

DIB offers free parking next week

DIB offers free parking next week

The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is offering a gift to last minute shoppers venturing Downtown the week of Christmas: Free Parking. In effect from Dec. 22 through Dec. 26, all surface lots and parking meters will be free of charge to Downtown holiday shoppers, excluding Jefferson Street [...]

Florida Panhandle makes Fodor Go List 2015

Florida Panhandle makes Fodor Go List 2015

Fodor’s Travel has just finalized its 2015 Go List of the top 25 places to visit next year, from Cleveland to Chile. The Florida Panhandle was chosen as a 2015 must-see destination. Throughout the past year the experts at Fodor’s Travel have logged over a million miles traveling across the [...]

Florida leads nation in mortgage fraud

Florida leads nation in mortgage fraud

Florida leads the nation in mortgage application fraud, according the Annual Mortgage Fraud Report released Monday by LexisNexis. This the fifth consecutive year that Florida has led in loans investigated for fraud. Nationwide, mortgage application fraud also is on the rise, with nearly [...]

Panhandle counties lose as average wages either flatline or slip

Panhandle counties lose as average wages either flatline or slip

Escambia County averages wages have been flat over the past 10 years. Don’t feel bad-Santa Rosa County is down 3.3 percent for the period from 2004 through 2013. The Wall Street Journal created an interactive map – “Wages Winners and Losers Since 2004.” One-third of all U.S. counties [...]

Haas Center: Fewer Payday loans than earlier study reported

Haas Center: Fewer Payday loans than earlier study reported

The University of West Florida Haas Center for Business Research & Economic Development recently completed research that shows that Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Bay counties produce fewer payday loans per person than the state does as a whole. The new study contradicts earlier reports from [...]

Holidays see surge in gun purchases.

Holidays see surge in gun purchases.

By JIM TURNER AND TOM URBAN THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida gun dealers saw a sharp increase in sales as shoppers flooded stores the day after Thanksgiving. With 8,300 background checks conducted Nov. 28, the traditional start of the holiday shopping period, the Florida Department of Law [...]

TPO Agenda for Wednesday

TPO Agenda for Wednesday

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) will hold a public meeting Dec. 10 at 9 a.m., in the Santa Rosa County Commission Chambers, 6495 Caroline St. in Milton. Action items on the agenda for TPO consideration are as follows: accepting the FY16-20 Florida Department of [...]

Studers bring Business Challenge to Century

Studers bring Business Challenge to Century

NorthEscambia.com reports that Rishy and Quint Studer will soon hold a $25,000 Business Challenge in Century, providing a winning business plan developer the cash and guidance needed to open their doors. Three years ago, the Studers offered a similar grant and Carmen's Lunch Bar was the winner. [...]

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