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Show begins at 4pm

Show begins at 4pm

Today's Joint meeting of the commission and council event will be a highly orchestrated event. BPM Marketing - who designed the Chamber's magnet campaign, but is now working for Commissioner Valentino - has been calling around town asking people to speak out in favor of Gene's plan. Apparently [...]

Too much to think tonight

Gene Valentino is an accomplished actor. I remember watching play Billy Flynn in the PLT production of "Chicago." Though I tease him about being too verbose, I expect the Commissioner to be in rare form tomorrow at the joint meeting of the county commission and Pensacola City Council. It's a role [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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