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Busy Week for CMPA

The Community Maritime Park Association has an active week ahead. CMPA Chairman Collier Merrill will meet with city officials and Quint Studer on Tuesday regarding a proposed park development project, and the full Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday to explore the Equal Business Opportunity [...]

What holds Pensacola back?

The things that the Independent News has been reporting for much of the past decade:shortage of affordable housing, racial disparities, substandard education and poverty. The Dawson Group told the Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee essentially the same thing. Press Release: URAC OBTAINS [...]

Okaloosa ahead in race for BP funds

The Daily News reports UWF's Rick Harper told Okaloosa County business people Thursday at Northwest Florida State College that their county will receive a disproportionate share of $10 million set aside by the state this year to encourage economic diversification in eight Northwest Florida counties [...]

Mobile Council delays maritime museum

Mobile Press Register reports that amid questions about the total cost, the Mobile City Council on Tuesday delayed action on a $628,770 contract for the future GulfQuest Maritime museum. The council was set to vote on the contract with Ben M. Radcliff Contractor Inc. for utility and general site [...]

Home sales and foreclosures are both up

Home sales and foreclosures are both up

Foreclosure rates in Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent increased for the month of May over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic. The CoreLogic data reveals that the rate of Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 6.57 [...]

Chamber CEO says Pensacola has positive buzz

Chamber CEO says Pensacola has positive buzz

The Greater Pensacola Chamber board of directors met yesterday. Chamber CEO Jim Hizer gave an update on economic development. He said that Pensacola is getting a positive buzz around the country. "We are a blank slate for a lot of site selectors," he said. "They may know about the beach and the [...]

GE Wind hurt if tax credit not extended

GE Wind hurt if tax credit not extended

Source: Florida News Connection, by Stephanie Carroll Carson.. The GE Wind Turbine Plant in Pensacola has 500 employees. Now, their jobs and those of thousands of others could be in jeopardy because Congress has stalled on a decision about the production tax credit for the wind [...]

Boom and Bust of Student Loans

Boom and Bust of Student Loans

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released today its report private student loan market which shows that, according to its estimates, outstanding student loan debt in the United States topped $1 trillion in 2011 — $864 billion of federal student debt and approximately $150 billion [...]

Studer, Hayward and the Negotiation Blues

Quint Studer is hoping to construct a $12 million dollar office complex on a parcel at the Community Maritime Park. And while officials with the city of Pensacola seem to desire the same, hammering out an acceptable deal is taking some effort. Yesterday, Studer—owner of the Blue Wahoos [...]

Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill

Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill

According the latest Talent Shortage Survey by ManpowerGroup, George Stone Technical Center and Pensacola State College should be packed with students wanting to learn trades. The new Engineering School at the University of West Florida was also a wise investment. Skill trades and engineers are [...]

Loco for the Logo

Loco for the Logo

The city has a new brand. A brand new brand. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced the city’s new brand today at the Saenger Theater downtown. The new brand represents a shift away from the ‘City of Five Flags’ moniker and is meant to better convey the area’s assets when marketing the [...]

BP caught lying

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) assessed BP America Inc. a civil penalty of $5.2 million for submitting “false, inaccurate, or misleading” reports for energy production that occurred on Southern Ute Indian Tribal lands in [...]

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