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Gulf Coast airports compete for Southwest

Gulf Coast airports compete for Southwest

Pensacola has an opportunity to get Southwest Airlines for the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport. If we get it, Southwest officials have said that it could mean 9.000 more passengers a week flying into Pensacola. In 2001, the Pensacola Chamber lured AirTran by getting 319 businesses to pay [...]

Buzz: City employees may form union

Buzz: City employees may form union

We have heard the Pensacola city employees are considering forming a union. Attorney Roy Kinsey has reportedly been approached to be their attorney.

Nodine misstated private commitment

Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine misstated the private sector's commitment to economic development. He said it was $10 million commitment over two years. The program called Partners for Growth is a five-year commitment. 80 Mobile area businesses have pledged $9.24 million over five [...]

Lee’s Summit EDC close to Chamber plan

One of Gene Valentino's experts was Jim Devine, president/CEO of Lee's Summit (MO) Economic Development Council. It is a public-private partnership with the business community providing significant dollars....sounds like the Chamber concept. Its public and utility members include: • City of [...]

No need for PEDC review, only one decision

Economic Development hinges on one decision that only the Escambia County Commission can make: Should Valentino's PEDA (Pensacola Escambia Development Authority that has the commissioners appointing themselves or personal representatives) be in charge of economic development? All the other [...]

Valentino/Birdwell strategy

Their strategy is clear--delay voting on economic development as long as possible in hopes of building a ground swell against the Chamber. Yes, against the Chamber, not for Commissioner Valentino's vague proposal. It's clear in Valentino's comments that his issue is with the Chamber. A very [...]

Commissioner Valentino’s comments

The BOCC referred the economic development to the PEDC for further discussion. Here are Commissioner Valentino's comments on today's meeting (the emphasis is his): I’m excited and grateful that the dialogue and engaging conversation surrounding economic dev and the future of it will continue [...]

Valentino show

Commissioner Gene Valentino presented his "plan" to the Escambia County Commission. Jane Birdwell worked the PowerPoint presentation and coached the commissioner during the meeting. Valentino led a series of "experts" through conference calls. GV had prepared questions that he led the callers to [...]

Gainer school closing no surprise

The PNJ is reporting today that the "Ruby J. Gainer Charter School, a high school for at-risk teens, will not reopen in the fall because of low enrollment and looming legislative budget cuts." The school has barely stayed afloat for the past five years. IN reported in May 2007 that the school [...]

Century votes down gas tax

The Century Town Council voted 3-2 Monday night against supporting the tax for Escambia County Area Transit. According to NorthEscambia.com, the sticking point was ECAT officials wouldn't give any guarantees that one bus route to their town wouldn't be cut in the future. Council member Nadine [...]

Sen. Nelson is coming

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. at Plaza de Luna at the end of Palafox. He is holding a series of press conferences along Northwest Florida to lambast a plan that would open up the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling.

Charter commission sets public hearing

This is a big week for local government. On Tuesday, June 16, at 9 a.m., the Escambia County Commission will discuss economic development at its Committee of the Whole. The hockey lease and a funding request for Gulf Coast Aerospace Defense (which was tabled on May 14) are also on the agenda. [...]

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