and The Chamber teamed up with the Institute for Women in Politics to host a luncheon to provide information about the thirteen constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot this November. Alexis Lambert, Deputy General Counsel for Governor Rick Scott and Ryan Wiggins with Full Contact Strategies provided an overview of the amendments and explained how these amendments came to be placed on the ballot.
Wiggins described Amendments 1-5, which are amendments that were either approved by the Florida Legislature or were placed on the ballot via signed petitions. Lambert explained Amendments 6-13, which were placed on the ballot after being approved by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Lambert served as the lead staff person and attorney for the CRC during this process.
Audience members asked questions throughout the luncheon. Lambert and Wiggins answered many of the questions but did not advocate for any of the initiatives, despite some leading comments from attendees. The purpose of the luncheon was to explain the process of how the amendments made the ballot and the substance of each amendment.
If you wish to do additional research on the proposed constitutional amendments go to ballotpedia.org/2018_ballot_measures and scroll to the Florida section.
On this Toddcast, Chamber President/CEO Clay Ingram lays out his vision for the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. Ingram also discusses the end of tenure in the Florida House of Representatives and his transition out of public life.
Greater Pensacola Chamber partners with local economic development agencies in effort to promote site
The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is joining with FloridaWest, Visit Pensacola, The Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce, The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Century Chamber of Commerce and the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce to help Escambia County businesses better prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) recently launched a new website, FloridaDisaster.biz, which has important information and resources. Businesses are encouraged to register at FloridaDisaster.biz before a storm arrives. Registration is free, and the site provides great resources for businesses before, during and after a storm. Businesses will have access to a Business Disaster Toolkit, road closure info, resource listings, Business Damage Assessment applications, and information on aid such as Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans and SBA Disaster Loans.
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Businesses that take the time to prepare today can open their doors faster after a disaster. Using the resources at FloridaDisaster.biz, and through connections with local economic development organizations, business owners can make their communities more resilient and better prepared to weather any storm.”
Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce President Clay Ingram stated, “It’s important that our local businesses sign up at FloridaDisaster.biz to access available resources and get their businesses up and running after a disaster.”
We also encourage you to log on to Be Ready Escambia for the latest information local information and sign up for email updates.
FloridaDisaster.biz is a partnership between DEO and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Other partners include the U.S. Department of Commerce, Florida State University’s Center for Disaster Risk Policy, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Federation, VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and others. DEO is the lead agency for the support of business, industry and economic stabilization during a statewide disaster.
Did you know that the US Air Force has a significant presence at NAS-Pensacola? On this Toddcast, Todd talks to Colonel Charles “Andy” McElvaine, Commander of the 479th Flying Training Group. Col. McElvaine oversees four squadrons, 325 personnel and 45 T-6 Texan II and T-1A Jayhawk aircraft and trains over 300 Combat Systems Officers each year.
There will be 13 proposed constitutional amendments on the 2018 general election ballot. Learn about how these amendments made the ballot and what you need to know to make an informed decision when you vote on Election Day. The Chamber has teamed up with the Institute for Women in Politics for this informative Lunch and Learn to better inform our community.
When and Where:
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EST
Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport
161 Airport Ln.
Pensacola, FL 32504
Deputy General Counsel
Executive Office of the Governor
Owner & Chief Strategist
Full Contact Strategies LLC
Lunch is included in your $25 registration fee.
Chamber Vice President of Public Affairs Todd Thomson was interviewed by WUWF's Dave Dunwoody concerning the candidate questionnaire the Chamber sent to candidates for Pensacola Mayor, Escambia County Commission and Pensacola City Council.
You can find the interview here.
University of West Florida President Dr. Martha Saunders provides updates on the latest happenings at UWF on this Toddcast. Hear about the progress being made in the classroom and on the athletic fields at UWF. Go Argos!
The Escambia County Commission unanimously voted to put the question of whether Escambia County should have an appointed school superintendent on the November general election ballot.
The Escambia County School Board approved a resolution calling for the county commission to put this item on the ballot during their April board meeting. School superintendent Malcolm Thomas said at the meeting that 2018 would be the proper time to decide the issue since he is not running for re-election in 2020.
Should the referendum pass in November, then the school board will have two years to find an appointed superintendent. Should the resolution fail then the position will remain an elected post and the election for school superintendent will be on the 2020 ballot.
At the morning's agenda review, Escambia County Commission Chairman Jeff Bergosh spoke in favor of the proposal.
When local candidate qualifying ended at noon on Friday, June 22nd six candidates qualified to run for Mayor of Pensacola, seven candidates qualified to run for Escambia County Commission, District 4 and three candidates qualified for Escambia County Commission, District 2.
These are just three of the high-profile races that local voters will have the opportunity to vote on during the August 28th primary. Candidates also qualified for Pensacola City Council Districts 4 and 6, Escambia County School Board Districts 1, 2 and 3 and Escambia County Utilities Authority Districts 2 and 4. District 2 City Council member Sherri Myers was re-elected as no one qualified to run against her.
Local voters will also have the opportunity to cast their votes for Escambia County Court Judge, Escambia County Soil and Water Conservation District and Town of Century City Council.
You can find the full list of qualified candidates here.
In the ongoing effort to increase public awareness about where candidates for local office stand on issues important to the business community, the Greater Pensacola Chamber today released its candidate questionnaire to candidates running for Escambia County Commission, Pensacola Mayor and Pensacola City Council.
“Part of our new mission at the Chamber is to educate local voters about where the candidates stand on issues that are important to the business community,” said Greater Pensacola Chamber Chairman Steve Moorhead. “These surveys cover a wide array of issues and will allow the candidates the opportunity to explain their vision for our city and county.”
Candidates will have until Monday, July 9th to fill out and return their surveys. Once the survey answers are compiled, the Greater Pensacola Chamber will release the survey responses to the public.