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Inner City Soccer update

Steve Sharp has been working hard to bring youth soccer to the inner city area. Although the Pensacola City Council chose to move LOST funds away from soccer and use it for bathrooms for the new tennis courts at Roger Scott, Sharp and his group are forging ahead. In all fairness, many of the [...]

Former SRIA board member says he was micro-managed

Former SRIA board member says he was micro-managed

IN interviewed Kelly Robinson to find out what really happened in 2007 when Commissioner Gene Valentino removed him for the Santa Rosa Island Authority board. The heart of the problem was the proposed changes that would allow condo-hotels on Pensacola Beach (A Hotel of a Problem). “I [...]

Docs rated online

Several online doctor rating sites are popping up on the Internet. Several have ratings for local doctors. Ratemds.com - lets you sort by name, city. Angieslist.com - you have to register to see ratings Checkmd.com - a newer site that doesn't have many ratings yet. The St. Pete Times [...]

Bill McCollum will run

Bill McCollum will run

Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum will announce today in Orlando that he's going to run for governor instead of seeking a second term. I like Bill and have had the opportunity to interview him several times for both the paper and IN Your Head Radio. He has down a fine job as Attorney [...]

Commission hands off with consolidation

NorthEscambia.com reports that the Escambia County Commission will not help the Consolidation Commission as it works to develop its plan for unifying the local governments in the county. “I don’t want to spend time; I don’t want to spend minutes, advertisements, and any of those [...]

What people read this past week

TOP POSTS OF THE WEEK ENDING MAY 16, 2009 1. DOJ: ECSO is 20 years behind 2. Did Hall and Valentino violate Sunshine Laws? 3. Wood: Hall called about PEDC 4. Another city study for $25K 5. Kids Soccer lose LOST funds 6. Bingo parlor never came to planning board 7. “Bloods are here” [...]

Comparing Escambia County to St. Lucia

Comparing Escambia County to St. Lucia

Comm. Valentino singled out St. Lucia as "Recognized Winner" (page 4). In my research online, it appears the key to the revitalization of the St. Lucia economy was that in 1996 the U.S. Government gave St. Lucia $242 million package of which $104 million was used to build infrastructure and help [...]

Summary of EDCs named by Valentino

Summary of EDCs named by Valentino

Both the Chamber and Commissioner Valentino are proposing economic development be done by a private non-profit corporation. A big question is how the board will be appointed. Here is a summary of the board structures of the Economic Development Commissions (EDCs) that the Commissioner mentioned in [...]

Other cities mentioned by Valentino

In reviewing my notes from the Thursday, May 14 meeting with Commissioner Gene Valentino and County Administrator Bob McLaughlin, the Commissioner mentioned several other cities that he had studied. They aren't in the presentation synopsis that he sent the County Commission and Pensacola City [...]

Mobile County

Mobile County

The Mobile County website is one of the least informative. It lists accomplishments but has little about structure (See). I did go through the county budget and found $485,703 for Economic Development, of which $352,905 goes to the Mobile Chamber of Commerce. Based on this, I deduced that the [...]

Portland Development Commission

Portland Development Commission

Portland Development Commission Form: City Department The Commission is governed by a five-member board of Commissioners who are all local citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. According to the website, PDC projects and programs have been funded primarily by [...]

St Lucia????

St Lucia????

Commissioner Valentino also lists Saint Lucia - which I think is not a city, but a country in the Caribbean. Not sure it applies at all.

Galveston Economic Development Partnership

Galveston Economic Development Partnership

Galveston Economic Development Partnership Form: Private/Chamber Funding Source: Memberships The City of Galveston recognized the Chamber of Commerce as the economic development engine of the Island, granting $50,000 to launch GEDP in 1997. The website is under construction so I could not find [...]

Kalamazoo Economic Development Corporation

Kalamazoo Economic Development Corporation

Kalamazoo Economic Development Corporation For: City Department Budget: $ 649,998 Source: Loan repayments, TIF The City of Kalamazoo's Economic Development Corporation offers a range of services that include: * small business assistance loans * availability of tax abatements * [...]

Greater Houston Partnership

Greater Houston Partnership

Another city in the Valentino presentation-Houston, Texas Greater Houston Partnership Form: Private Sector/Chamber Funding: Private sector Board of Directors The Greater Houston Partnership is governed by a 130-member Board of Directors. Each director is the top regional official of [...]

Jacksonville Economic Development Commission

Jacksonville Economic Development Commission

Jacksonville is one of the cities listed in Valentino's presentation as a success story. Here is its structure: Jacksonville Economic Development Commission – JEDC Form: Government Board 2008-09 Budget: $11.4 million Primary Funding Source: General Fund 9 Commissioners --All appointed [...]

Will politics plague PEDA?

Will PEDA bring more politics? That is one of the big questions I have about the Valentino plan for economic development. The Escambia County Commissioners have the largest block of members appointed by the three governmental bodies– five. Will their members serve solely at the whim of the [...]

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