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Gene Valentino

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Buzz: Rumors flying about County Complex

May 22, 2009

State Attorney’s office is questioning county employees and others about possible Sunshine Law violations by Commissioner Gene Valentino. Jane Birdwell is trying to convince people that the Comm. Valentino was the winner of the Tuesday meeting…

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Where’s the beef?

May 19, 2009

That’s the question that I and others had after Commissioner Gene Valentino’s prerecorded presentation and the follow-up Q&A on Tuesday, May 19. The only change in the presentation from the one handed out last week was…

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Show begins at 4pm

May 19, 2009

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…

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Too much to think tonight

May 18, 2009

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…

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Former SRIA board member says he was micro-managed

May 18, 2009

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…

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Comparing Escambia County to St. Lucia

May 16, 2009

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.…

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Other cities mentioned by Valentino

May 16, 2009

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…

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Mobile County

May 15, 2009

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…

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St Lucia????

May 15, 2009

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.…

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Galveston Economic Development Partnership

May 15, 2009

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…

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Kalamazoo Economic Development Corporation

May 15, 2009

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…

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Greater Houston Partnership

May 15, 2009

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…

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Jacksonville Economic Development Commission

May 15, 2009

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…

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Will politics plague PEDA?

May 15, 2009

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…

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More notes on Valentino meeting

May 15, 2009

The meeting with Gene Valentino could have been contentious, but it wasn’t. The meeting with the Commissioner and County Administrator Bob McLaughlin had been scheduled two weeks ago. I went into it wanting to give Commissioner…