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Florida Chamber study shows 150,000 potential jobs tied to exports, imports over next five years

The Florida Chamber Foundation today released its Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2.0), identifying a potential of 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs that can be created over the next five years. The TL2.0 study was released at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum [...]

Boles jumps PNJ ship, heads to Gulf Power

Rebecca Boles, interim publisher of the Pensacola News Journal, has been selected as Gulf Power Company’s Corporate Communications director. From Press Release: Boles has served in various leadership roles at the Pensacola News Journal since 2005, including Marketing Development director and [...]

2008 City Council unsung heroes for Palafox Street honor

The American Planning Association (APA) has announced the designation of Palafox Street—from Wright Street to Pensacola Bay—as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013. The honor is a testament to the Pensacola’s Historic Preservation, Architecture Review and Downtown Improvement boards and to [...]

Mayor recommends hiring another out-of-town firm

Mayor Ashton Hayward wants to hire Coldwell Banker-Richard Ellis (CBRE) to market the Port of Pensacola, Pensacola International Airport and the remaining parcels at the Community Maritime Park. CBRE was hired last March for $46,500 to develop a marketing strategy for those properties. [...]

Buzz: Shutdown impacts local bases

Jeremy Lau, an aircraft mechanic with L-3 Vortex on NAS Pensacola and president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 2777, just stopped by my office. He and 300 of his fellow union members were sent home today and told the base wasn't sure when they can report [...]

DISH customers lose WKRG in Mobile, Pensacola

Press Release: Media General has blocked DISH customers in Mobile and Pensacola from accessing WKRG (CBS channel 5) as the two parties continue to negotiate a new carriage agreement. "We’ve attempted to reach a fair agreement via many avenues, but Media General remains immovable in its [...]

Remembering 20 Solutions for 2011

Remembering 20 Solutions for 2011

Last night's debate over whether it is better for the Pensacola International Airport to have national brands or Pensacola-based foods for its food services brought to mind Mayor Ashton Hayward's campaign platform - 20 Solutions for 2011. The very first solution on the platform, under "Create [...]

Council votes for more time to ponder airport food services

By Jesse Farthing Mayor Ashton Hayward’s proposal to give a 10-year concession contract at the Pensacola International Airport to OHM Concessions was put on hold last night when the City Council moved to postpone the vote after hearing impassioned pleas from the public, urging them to vote to [...]

Brand On Us Unveils the New Pensacola Humane Society

Press Release: idgroup has successfully completed their First Annual Brand on Us™ project. Mona Amodeo, idgroup President, says her team is “passionate about giving back to our community and believes our initiative will have a tremendous impact on the selected organization and our community.” [...]

Tourism drama ends with smiles, handshakes and hugs…until December 5

Tourism drama ends with smiles, handshakes and hugs…until December 5

The Escambia County Commission voted, 5-0, last night to move the supervision of tourism marketing with its $5.5 million budget out of the Greater Pensacola Chamber and into the newly-formed Visit Pensacola, Inc. They instructed staff to work with Visit Pensacola's lawyers and the ethics commission [...]

850 Open Water closes indefinitely

850 Open Water closes indefinitely

850 Open Water at 22 S. Palafox Place has closed. The restaurant was located in a tough spot - a former pool hall under Helen Back's. We contacted owner Joe Abston who commented on the closure: "We've indefinitely closed 850 Open Water. The building owners will be looking for a new concept. We [...]

How Tampa Bay area does economic development

I got this email today: TAMPA BAY PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES NEW REGIONAL MARKETING INITIATIVES Economic development organization blends cutting-edge technology with hands-on approach TAMPA BAY, FLA. (Sept. 24, 2013) – Regional marketing of the Tampa Bay region is one of the top priorities [...]

Chamber speaks out against lodging industry plan

Chamber speaks out against lodging industry plan

The rush for approval of the structure, budget and transition plan for Visit Pensacola, the new entity created by the lodging industry, to assume control of $5.5 million of tourism development tax dollars has hit another obstacle. The Greater Pensacola Chamber has sent a letter to Interim [...]

Studer Group Ranked Seventh on Great Place to Work 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

Studer Group Ranked Seventh on Great Place to Work 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

Studer Group was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the best small workplaces in the United States on their annual 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list. Ranked seventh, this is the sixth consecutive year Studer Group has received this honor and the third consecutive year in the top ten. [...]

TDC approves Visit Pensacola governance. Others are not as positive

TDC approves Visit Pensacola governance. Others are not as positive

Last night, the Escambia County Tourism Development Council met to hear from Ron Ellington about Visit Pensacola, the new entity that has been proposed to take over the $5.5 million tourism marketing budget. I've been told that, other than Denis McKinnon, Jr., few board members asked questions. [...]

Visit Pensacola bylaws ensure lodging industry control

Visit Pensacola bylaws ensure lodging industry control

Tale of Two Bylaws Ron Ellington drafted on July 10 a set of bylaws for Visit Pensacola that he shared with the Greater Pensacola Chamber officials. The final set delivered to the county commission on Sept. 16 is significantly different. The new version strengthens the hoteliers control over [...]

Visit Pensacola tabled until next week

Visit Pensacola tabled until next week

The hoteliers delivered yesterday the bylaw, transition plan with the chamber and business plan for Visit Pensacola, the new "independent" corporation that they want to assume control of $5.5 million in tourism dollars for 2013-14, while the Escambia Board of County Commissioners were holding [...]

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