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The Economic Impact of Women-run Businesses in Escambia County

By Heidi Travis Since the recession of 2007-2009, the United States economy has been making a slow but steady recovery. New data from Womanable and American Express OPEN’s 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report suggests that women-owned businesses are at the forefront of this recovery and play a key role in the overall health and …
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Ronald McDonald House Expands Its Reach

By Hana Frenette By the summer of 2019, families of sick and injured children will able to sleep, eat, shower, do laundry, use a computer and relax mere steps away from the hospital bedside, thanks to the Ronald McDonald Family Room coming to the new Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. The Ronald McDonald …
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Technology Bootcamp Planned for Pensacola

By Tanner Yea As our world evolves technologically, the skills we need to succeed evolve too. It is no longer enough to have a general education – you need skills in communication, computers, programs and the latest cutting-edge technology. However, colleges are sometimes behind on their curricula, and those in need often don’t have the …
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Jack Davis on the Gulf

By Hana Frenette History Professor Jack Davis recently published his long awaited book, “The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea” in March 2017. Davis is a professor of history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida. He has taught for 23 years and currently teaches American Environmental History, the History of Sustainability, History of Water, …
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The Economics Behind Memorial Day Weekend

By Hana Frenette Each year Pensacola Beach is home to one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) events in the country. The event takes place on Memorial Day Weekend, in the form of a giant beach party accompanied by smaller gatherings throughout Pensacola. The infamous beach party was started in the mid …
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Gas Delivery Service Heats Up

By Tanner Yea As Florida’s famous summers start to loom and the days grow longer, the air fills with the smell of sizzling barbeques and the excitement of food truck rallies. But what happens when the gas begins to run low on your propane tank and your event is on the brink of fizzling out? …
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Walking for a Cure

By Haley Weaver The morning of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis 5K Walk is always hectic. We’ve slept maybe a few hours, and are awake and out the door before sunrise to set up tables and games and pick up the breakfast that’s been donated that year. This will be the 10th year of the …
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Protecting Your Child From Cyberbullies

By Kelly Oden Bullying and name calling amongst children and teens is nothing new. If you weren’t the victim of schoolyard ridicule as a kid, there is a good chance you were the instigator. In the past, these issues involved name calling, rumors or physical abuse and were usually resolved through conversations with school officials …
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The Local Impact of Early Learning

By Hana Frenette Read, sing, read, repeat  It turns out the sweet nursery rhyme or song your grandma might have hummed to you as a baby left behind more than an emotional memory. It likely helped you to form early recognitions of human emotion and language. Research conducted in the last 10 years show reading …
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FavorHouse’s White Rose Luncheon Helps Victims of Domestic Violence

Each year, the FavorHouse White Rose Luncheon celebrates survivors of domestic violence and recognizes survivors who have exhibited exemplary bravery and strength of spirit. FavorHouse of Northwest Florida will host its annual White Rose Luncheon Thursday, May 18, at 11 am at Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Community Center. This year’s keynote speaker for the White Rose …
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Access Your Health With Direct To Consumer Lab Testing

By Kelly Oden Wondering about the source of your fatigue? There’s a test for that. Trying to decide how to best treat your depression? There’s a test for that. Not sure you are getting enough vitamins? There’s a test for that. Hormones feeling out of whack? There’s a test for that, too, and guess what? …
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VT MAE, Growing the Economic Landscape of Pensacola

By Hana Frenette The Pensacola International Airport and the City of Pensacola are making strides in their quest to expand and diversify Pensacola’s growing economic landscape. After years of strategic planning and negotiating, the airport and the city solidified a long-sought after lease agreement with the Mobile-based company VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering (VT MAE) to …
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Called2Rescue: Human Trafficking Awareness in the Florida Panhandle

By Dawn Gresko What a local organization is doing to prepare volunteers in the Florida Panhandle on how to aggressively address and root out human trafficking in our area. The underground world of human trafficking lurks below the surface of our every day lives. While you might not have heard much about it in the …
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BRACE for Emergency

Hurricane season may only stretch from June to November, but for BRACE (Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies), it is hurricane, flood, fire, and disaster season year round. The behind-the-scenes heroes who mobilize at a moment’s notice to prepare for and recover from catastrophe, BRACE works with community organizations and volunteers to be ready and …
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A Global Warming Solution

As the City of Pensacola begins to embark on a climate change task force, our region is faced with some tough decisions about our future, even as many still reject the science surrounding the dangers of greenhouse gases and carbon emissions. Fortunately, there are organizations, such as the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), that work hard …
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Sunny Trails

There are sunny trails ahead for Escambia County, thanks in part to funding from the Florida Shared-Use Non-Motorized Trail network, better known as the Florida SUN Trail program. This year, the program awarded a total of $44.4 million to 45 separate projects located across 21 counties throughout Florida, including the Perdido Key Multiuse Trail in …
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Meaningful and Measurable

Meet Curt Morse, the new executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board, a quasi-governmental agency charged with promoting and enhancing the area as a vibrant cultural and commercial destination. Morse received four of five votes from the board, cementing his role as the new champion of all things Downtown. He has lived in Pensacola since …
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What Do the Experts Say?

We asked four thought-leaders and business-developers in the Downtown area about the greatest challenges they feel the area faces, and possible solutions for those problems. ALAN GRAY, A NATIONALLY CERTIFIED CITY PLANNER, HAS WORKED IN PENSACOLA FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS AS A REGIONAL AND CITY PLANNER FOR BOTH THE WEST FLORIDA REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL …
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A Hiatus for History

With downtown demolitions on the rise, we take a look at what the Historic Structure Moratorium could mean for the future of downtown development. The demolition of the John Sunday House in July 2016 has spurred serious discussions of how to handle downtown development, especially in regards to tearing down historic properties in order to …
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Creative Collaboration

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to start a new business but don’t have the funds to rent a commercial space, or you’re simply a freelancer looking to carve out a time and place to hunker down for a productive work session on the fly, a co-working space might just be the answer for you. Essentially …
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Inside the Locker Room

Do you hear that? It’s the roar of the crowd at Maritime Stadium! The UWF Argos had an explosive start to their inaugural season, winning against Ave Maria in a shutout showdown. At the first home game, they tackled Missouri S&T 45-28. They were bested by Valdosta State at the GSC opener, but they came …
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Dr. Martha Saunders Chosen as UWF President

Today, the University of West Florida Board of Trustees named Dr. Martha Saunders the sixth president of the University, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Saunders will replace UWF President Dr. Judith Bense, who is set to retire on Dec. 31, 2016. The offer of employment is contingent upon the completion of a successful background screen and …
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Interview with Rick Harper about the Presidential Tax Plans

Business Climate spoke with economist Rick Harper of UWF’s Haas Center about each major candidate’s tax plan. What do you think of each candidate’s plan? Well Trump has proposed a streamlining of tax rates, as well as a cut of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 15 percent. Contrast that to the Clinton plan, …
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Purple State

We all know that it all comes down to Florida, but why? Since at least 1996, Florida’s Republican/Democrat split has been within six points, most infamously in 2000 when Bush won the election though Gore won the popular vote. Over the last ten elections, Florida voted with the winner nine times. This year promises to …
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Weeding Through Amendment 2

The last time we saw the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, otherwise called Amendment 2, was on the November 2014 ballot when, as many of us already know, the initiative was defeated after failing to achieve at least a 60 percent vote in favor of passing the bill. Prior to the proposal of Amendment …
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Inside the Ring

He’s been called the greatest of all time and the real deal, but now Evander Holyfield is adding another title to his long career: mentor. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast recently announced that Holyfield, the five-time Heavyweight Champion of the World, will serve as the special guest speaker for the Third …
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Primary Questions

With the U.S. House of Representatives primary election on Aug. 30 quickly approaching and a record number of candidates running for Rep. Jeff Miller’s vacated District 1 seat, Business Climate worked with the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club to bring you an issue-related and substantive Q&A with most of those seeking your vote. Six republicans and one democrat were present for …
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Brown is the New Green

Residential yard waste is now a sought-after resource: that’s right, your yard’s leftover leaves and other plant materials collected by the ECUA’s Sanitation Department are being used in combination with biosolids to create a safe, nutrient-dense and environmentally-friendly soil amendment the ECUA is calling “bloom.” In case you aren’t familiar with “biosolids,” they are the …
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Taking Care of Business

If every interaction in life is a learning opportunity, then students at the University of West Florida College of Business are getting a head start on real-world management and marketing techniques by interfacing with local businesses in desperate need of their help. It’s called live case studies, and it takes students away from boring textbook …
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Going Into Overtime

A new overtime rule from the Department of Labor sounds pretty simple—if you work over 40 hours per week and are on a salary of less than $47,476, you are entitled to time-and-a-half—but in this world of competing employer/employee interests and large profit disparities between small and large businesses, the regulation might have many unintended …
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Making History

How historic preservation and designation is handled on the local and state level, plus a look at the benefits of historic preservation on our economy Pensacola has more than 400 years of history. Even before we unearthed that Pensacola is the earliest multi-year European settlement in the United States, thanks to the discovery of 16th-century …
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Waste Not Pensacola

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Pensacola is all about following the three R’s of the environment, especially when it means limiting the negative impacts of waste on our communal home and garden. Since 2009, the City of Pensacola’s implementation of its recycling program coupled with the recycling services provided by the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) has …
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A New Venture for Veterans

What’s a Venture Hive? It isn’t a home for adventurous bees, if that’s the image your mind was conjuring up. Rather, Venture Hive is an organization working to educate and cultivate entrepreneurs by offering effective turnkey models, which allows for the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem based on tried and true educational principles. In 2013, …
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Caring for Kids

In Florida, we like to tout our record-breaking tourism, speedy development and post-Recession growth. But what about some of the least fortunate among us? As profits rise and populations increase, are we caring for the disadvantaged children in our state who have no agency, a lack of resources, and whose destination may be the same …
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Building Better Health

We don’t like to think of healthcare as a profit-driven and competitive service, but it is, with all the strategic considerations and access points necessary for other types of services. With new regulations and an enhanced role of technology, the game of healthcare real estate is changing, and this evolution is forcing a progression of …
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Public Private Profit

It’s no surprise that where public money is involved, misallocation sometimes follows. Occasionally, we understand that this is just the cost of doing business when fallible humans are placed in charge of an imprecise process full of special interests lobbying for that money. There are instances, however, where that misappropriation and ineffectiveness could bring about …
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Smart Selections

What’s going on your child’s plate? While children are especially susceptible to the misconception that eating healthy requires giving up some (often unhealthy and sugar or fat-laden) favorite foods, it’s important to realize that these foods can be included in a healthy eating plan if consumed in moderation. However, since parents are not present to …
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An Aging Florida

Florida: the land of sunshine, Disney World, and no state tax. The fourth largest state in the union that is quickly catching up with third-place New York, Florida is no longer the US’s best-kept secret. Diverse industries, beautiful weather and an economic recovery that occurred quicker than most other areas of the country, our state …
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For the Vets

The often-unseen servants of our nation and protectors of liberty, the members of our armed services are also economic drivers and the catalyst for positive change in Northwest Florida. They perform their duties in service to our country, often without regard for self-fulfillment or family. But, when it comes time for our country to pay …
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Be Ready Escambia

Who do you call when floods, hurricanes and tornadoes are coming? What about when a truck filled with hazardous materials spills over the highway? When we think of emergency situations, those who often come to mind are first responders like our local law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. However, what emergency personnel do in …
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American Heritage

With the presidential primaries already well underway, many Americans find themselves revisiting controversial topics, such as welfare, immigration, marriage and more. These issues highlight a sharp divide between right and left with focuses ranging from the individual to the community. To help shed some light on these topics from a conservative vantage point, Business Climate …
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The Drones Are Coming

We see them on television delivering air strikes, we see them at events with mounted cameras, we see children playing with them in our neighborhoods. These Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones as they are more colloquially known, are fast becoming a fact of life not only in the world, but in Northwest Florida, as …
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Escambia Votes

Have you voted? Sometimes it’s a question we dread to hear, but the answer is important regardless of your party affiliation. While the presidential primary election is on our minds this March, it is essential to realize there is more to voting than submitting your ballot for president every four years on Election Day. There …
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On Air

From WEAR to NewsRadio 1620, these are the faces and voices we watch and listen to each day. Whether they play our music or report our news, they are an integral, valuable part of Pensacola’s soundtrack. Sandra Averhart News Director, WUWF Sandra has been with WUWF, a public radio station licensed to the University of …
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Gender in the Workplace

 As society and science continue to come to terms with the somewhat opaque nature of gender, new ideas about sex-based roles, networks and hierarchies are emerging in that great American Petri dish of innovation and progression: the workplace. Recent research has shown us how central yet subconscious our own sex is to our varying experiences …
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Further on Down the Line

It has been roughly ten years since Hurricane Katrina decimated areas of the Gulf Coast, leveling infrastructure and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. While many of the hardest hit areas are nearly fully recovered, various luxuries that were destroyed have yet to be replaced. One of those luxuries was Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, an admittedly …
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A New Reality

Since the Great Recession, a lot has happened behind the scenes to stimulate growth and ease harm on the economy. The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates historically low. The government has run up an unprecedented amount of debt. But as things seem to be getting back to normal (unemployment is low and the stock …
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Mentoring Pensacola

Mentor Pensacola: Pensacola Young Professionals “Mentor Pensacola allows members of Pensacola Young Professionals to receive guidance on how to grow on a professional and personal level,” said Meg Rich, director of Mentor Pensacola. “We hope our members will gain confidence and a long-term mentor, who will be there to help them succeed in their careers …
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The Bluffs

North of Pensacola, sandwiched between the University of West Florida and Gulf Power, is some of the state’s most beautiful land that may soon play host to 15,000 new manufacturing jobs that pay between $70,000 and $80,000. This public-private partnership, known colloquially as The Bluffs, is an exciting venture that features a 25-year strategic plan …
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Site of first multi-year European settlement in the U.S. identified by University of West Florida archaeology program

The University of West Florida archaeology program recently identified the archaeological site of the Luna settlement – the first multi-year European settlement in the United States – in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola. The artifacts discovered are evidence of the Spanish settlement by Tristán de Luna y Arellano from 1559 to 1561, the earliest multi-year …
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Sansing Foundation announces computer science education grant of $100,000 for two years

Sandy Sansing announced on Dec. 11, 2015 the Sansing Foundation is giving $100,000 to the Escambia County School District to increase Computer Science instruction in classes in all grade levels over the next two calendar years. “As a business owner,” explained Sansing, “I am keenly aware of the importance of technology in the success of my employees and business. Every …
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Q&A with City Council President Charles Bare

Charles Bare was recently elected City Council president, and faces a host of upcoming issues that may very well define his political career up to this point. He spoke with Business Climate about leadership and consistency in the council, getting along with Mayor Ashton Hayward, Uber, the Human Rights Ordinance, the Downtown Improvement Board, and more. Congratulations on …
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Transporting Florida Forward

Northwest Florida’s state highway system is comprised of the arteries that connect our economic hubs, our centers for distribution, our regulatory agencies, and the end users—us and our neighbors. Just like utilities, food or any of the other necessary things in American life that we often take for granted, our highway system has behind it …
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Learning From the Past

“Learning from the Past, Celebrating the Present and Envisioning the Future” was the theme of this year’s second Annual Community Awards Ceremony presented by the Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce (GCAACC). The Chamber  honored local minority business leaders and owners. The ceremony recognized business owners, business professionals and business leaders for their valuable …
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A Snowball in Florida

In early December, race car drivers and fans from around the nation will convene at Pensacola, Fla. for one of racing’s most prestigious events, the Snowball Derby. Tim and Randy Bryant are now the curators of this legendary race and owners of Five Flags Speedway. Jeff Weeks recently sat down for a conversation with Tim …
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Changing the World One Child At a Time

Since 1936, the Nemours Children’s Health System (NCHS) has been providing holistic subspecialty health and wellness services to all kinds of kids—those with debilitating diseases, those who need a little help with temporary ailments, and even those who never enter the facility’s doors. Thanks to a trust from Alfred duPont, the Nemours Foundation was formed …
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Downtown Roundtable with Rob Butlin, Ashton Hayward and Brian Spencer

Downtown continues to evolve, offering a different experience for every demographic that visits its roughly three square-miles. As it shifts, government has had to adjust, sometimes proactively and sometimes reactively. The result is usually pretty, sometimes unseemly, but always uniquely Pensacola. We wanted to look at the process and talk to the highest ranking local …
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The Game Plan

Although the official football season for the University of West Florida (UWF) Argonauts does not begin until fall of 2016, the UWF Athletics Department has already begun working on the 25-year master plan for UWF football, which includes building a football stadium and additional athletic facilities on campus. In the meantime, until the campus stadium …
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Historic Pensacola

The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines cultural heritage tourism as the act of traveling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. These places can include historic, cultural and natural resources. The heritage traveler is a unique and sought after demographic because they travel …
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Restoring the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast has come a long way in repairing the damage done by the Deepwater Oil explosion that caused oil to ripple through the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, creating an unchecked flow of oil that seeped into our coastal waters for three months to form the largest offshore oil spill in the United …
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Downtown Real Estate: On a Forward Trend

There is no doubt that downtown Pensacola is booming. The residential and commercial real estate of downtown and surrounding areas of Pensacola have experienced much development and growth within the last few years. Several factors such as the improvement of the national economy, recovery of Pensacola’s tourist industry and the community drive and involvement to …
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Cleaning Up: The Student Maid Entrepreneur

How young entrepreneur Kristen Hadeed turned the need for a quick buck into a regional company with over 400 employees. So, Kristen, tell me, how did a finance major with the goal of becoming an investment banker become the owner of a maid service? Well, I was a junior in college at the University of …
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Moving Florida Forward

Three members of Northwest Florida’s business community have been selected as members of the prestigious Leadership Florida class of 2016. We asked each of them about themselves and about issues facing our state. Meghan McCarthy, Director of Community Health & Wellness, Baptist Hospital What is it about living in Northwest Florida that has prepared you for this …
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Whatever the Weather May Be

Meteorologists: the only people who can be wrong all the time and still get paid. While that old joke may not be entirely true (between 60 and 70 percent of weather predictions are fairly spot-on), it reflects a sentiment that a large portion of the population shares; namely, that you can’t trust the weatherman. But …
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Town hall meeting with Jeb Bush

Joined by Rep. Jeff Miller and Sen. Don Gaetz, Jeb Bush spoke to a crowd of more than 500 people at the Pensacola Bay Center on Aug. 19. He spoke on healthcare, veterans, foreign policy, energy, education and more. Bush is currently seeking the Republican nomination for President, but has taken a beating in the …
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Q&A with Rudy Ruettiger

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the inspiration for the 1993 movie about an underdog Notre Dame football player, is coming to the Hilton Sandestin Resort on Sept. 24 to speak at the second annual Boys and Girls Club Steak & Stake dinner. Rudy has been an inspiration speaker for years, imparting a message of courage and optimism …
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A New Kind of Air Support

Imagine being on the road and turning to the car beside you only to see that the car is empty and is driving on its own. Now imagine that car in some of the world’s most deadly war environments, able to move through mined roads with no danger being presented to its driver. Technology such …
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Economic Development for All

There are about 75 official economic development agencies in Florida, and then there are the countless other partnerships and collaborations also focused on increasing jobs and tax revenue in their own way. In Northwest Florida—that is, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties—there exists 11 public and private organizations focused on developing our internal and external economy. …
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No Smoking Please

Whether you’re a smoker or a non-smoker, you’ve probably heard there’s a voluntary smoking ban clearing the haze in local bars. Officially, Emerald City banned indoor smoking on July 6 and Seville Quarter restricted smoking to outdoor areas on Aug. 1. Since June, the two Downtown Pensacola hotspots have been publicizing the upcoming smoking ban …
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The Future of Bayfront

The Florida Department of Transportation is working on a feasibility study and gauging public opinion on making changes to Bayfront Parkway. The FDOT seeks to improve traffic flow and safety, and may end up including bike lanes, a roundabout, or changing the complete route altogether. The primary goal of this study is to enhance safety …
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STEMinism

In an increasingly diverse and gender-equal workforce, more women than ever are starting to take jobs once reserved for men and in some cases are becoming their family’s primary breadwinner. It has therefore become important to ensure competitive wages and job security for these relatively new members of the professional labor force. But in a …
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No Man Walks Alone

As part of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation’s Discovery Saturday series, join LCDR Frank Ellis (USN Ret) an bilateral amputee Naval Aviator who gives us insight on his incredible journey of his return to flight. The event is scheduled for 10 am Saturday, July 25 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. In 1962, Ellis ejected …
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Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of West Florida College of Business announced

Today, the University of West Florida and Quint and Rishy Studer announced a partnership to develop the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of West Florida College of Business. Quint and Rishy Studer have committed $1 million to fund the center. “This is the most excited I have been about any project that Rishy and …
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Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola and UWF College of Business name 2015 Ethics in Business Award recipients

The Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola and the University of West Florida College of Business named the 2015 recipients of the Annual Ethics in Business Award on May 4 during a luncheon at New World Landing in downtown Pensacola. Michael Murdoch was given the award for the large business sector (50 or more employees), while Heidi …
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Flying Above the Glass Ceiling

Capt. Katie Higgins, the newest pilot of the Blue Angels—and the first who happens to be a woman—has been taking to the skies as part of the team for over six months now. She has experience flying in both combat and demonstration situations and is beyond proud and humbled to represent the Marine Corps in …
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Electric City

  When a vehicle crashes into an electrical pole, or a tree falls on a power line, or a cable simply wears out, who you gonna call? Well, you may very well not have to call anyone, because chances are your power didn’t even blink, and if it did, energy will likely be quickly restored in a matter of seconds or minutes. This is …
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UWF Trustees vote to extend President Bense’s contract

Today, the University of West Florida Board of Trustees voted to keep Dr. Judith Bense as the President of the University of West Florida until Dec. 31, 2016. The extended term, together with changes to the provisions of her contract relating to her return to faculty after Dec. 31, 2016, are set forth in an …
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Setting the PACE

The 2015 PACE Awards featured more than 400 local professionals and government officials, all gathered to honor and respect the greatest among their ranks who set the pace for community involvement and professional excellence in our region. The 55th annual Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence (PACE) Awards continues a long tradition maintained by the Greater …
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The Business of Gay Marriage

On Jan. 6, 2015, Florida became the 36th state to legally recognize gay marriage. The past two years have seen great advances in the search for marriage equality in the United States, and as Florida joins the growing majority of states that accept same-sex unions, the federal ruling is expected to have an equally positive …
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A Strong Democracy

Before winning the right to vote or even have their voices heard in formal, public proceedings, women in America were relegated to supporting roles at best in American policy. They could schedule meetings and take minutes, but it was considered best that men handled the shaping of government, education, business and more. Thankfully, those antiquated …
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Equity in the Workplace

Work, in its most base form, is all about inputs and outputs—an employee puts in a hard day’s work and in return gets financial compensation or some other type of salient reward. The world is built on this balance of inputs and outputs, though oftentimes the two are not symmetrical. Oftentimes, we find ourselves putting …
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We Are Tomodachi

In the spirit of diversity, cultural enrichment, and leveraging an increasingly global economy, the Japanese government started the “Walk in US, Talk on Japan: We Are Tomodachi (friend)” program in 2014. Participation in the program is independent of the Japanese government, and Shinzo Abe, the country’s prime minister, encourages participants to speak their mind as …
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10 Most Important Business Changes in Downtown’s Past 50 Years

RESTORATIONS In 1959, Pensacola celebrated its Quadricentennial, generating interest in what Pensacola had been like in times past. Among initial champions of this cause were Clark Thompson and Warren Briggs. Together they transformed an early 20th century warehouse into tasteful offices, meeting areas and a street-front park. Then, a step at a time, often working …
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The Bail Bonds Business

THE LIFE OF A BAIL BONDSMAN IS A RISKY ONE, with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line at any given time, defendants who might be flight risks, and a 24-hour schedule. While television and movies often play up the bounty hunting side of the business, or portray its exciting though inaccurately villainous tendencies, …
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The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Six Pillars to Success

A NEW STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FLORIDA BUSINESS IS currently being adopted all over the state, one that creates jobs and provides consistent, localized metrics for improvement through the year 2030. After spending $1.5 million on research and talking with more than 100 community and economic development organizations, the Florida Chamber of Commerce leadership developed the …
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Port of Pensacola adds 200 manufacturing jobs

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that a partnership between Offshore Inland and DeepFlex will result in 200 new jobs for the region. The two companies are constructing a new unbonded flexible pipe manufacturing and qualification testing facility at the Port of Pensacola. “Over the years of Pensacola’s maritime industry, the Port has always kept up …
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Children’s Hospital receives new play area

The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart now has a brand-new playroom for its young patients, thanks to the Pensacola Chamber’s Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) 2014 class. Approximately 75 people were in attendance for the May 20 ribbon-cutting where members of the Chamber and the hospital spoke about the importance of this play area to the community. …
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Studer Institute up and running

At an April 18 Panhandle Tiger Bay Club meeting, Studer Institute President and CEO Randy Hammer outlined his vision for the research and media conglomerate. Pensacola, once a shining example of high-wage jobs and a competent workforce, has recently seen its citizens’ net earnings dip from 96 percent of the US average to just 80 …
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