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.