The Home Builders Association of West Florida is hosting their Home and Product Expo this weekend at the Bay Center. On this week’s Toddcast, we hear about the expo and the local home building industry from Home Builders Association of West Florida Executive Director David Peaden. David provides his insights on the growth in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties and how his association works to make sure we have the housing supply to keep up with that growth.
Here's What You Told us in Pensacola
On June 25, we traveled to Pensacola for the release of the Florida 2030 recommendations for Northwest Florida, where we heard and learned from business, education, community, elected and philanthropic leaders. Your thoughts and conversations for the success of your region echoed what we continue to hear across the state: Florida is ready to compete and succeed but we must be ready to face future challenges head-on.
Special thanks to the team at Navy Federal Credit Union and Gulf Power for sponsoring this roll out and to each of our speakers:
HERE'S WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY
We asked you what leaders in your region should focus on to succeed in 2030 and beyond. Here are the top three things you shared:
1. ADDRESS INFRASTRUCTURE & CONNECTIVITY NEEDS
According to Florida 2030 research, Florida must focus on future connectivity needs in order to remain competitive. For Pensacola, that means ensuring the region's transportation infrastructure is ready to connect Floridians to jobs, schools, goods and more.
2. BETTER CONNECT BUSINESS AND TALENT
Overwhelmingly, feedback from the Pensacola Florida 2030 rollout focused on the need for a future workforce that is ready to meet the needs of the region. That means ensuring businesses are connected to the right talent, finding work-based learning opportunities to grow skills and ensuring young learners are career-ready. You shared that for Pensacola to succeed- your region must focus on education, skills and talent development for learners and earners of all ages.
What does Florida 2030 say about the state's talent needs? Click here.
3. STRENGTHEN QUALITY OF LIFE
Aligning resources to ensure leaders are working together and focused on strengthening Pensacola's quality of life is key for success. Leaders in Pensacola should collaborate to ensure the youngest and oldest residents, and everyone in between, have livable communities that foster overall growth for each community.
See the entire NW Florida Securing the Future presentation here: www.flchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/NWFL-Rollout-Pensacola-7.25.18.pdf
The Pensacola Chamber, in conjunction with Pensacola Young Professionals, NewsRadio 1620, the League of Women Voters and the Propeller Club, hosted a Pensacola Mayoral debate at Seville Quarter. Over 100 people attended and the debate was simulcast on NewsRadio 1620.
The Chamber had representatives that asked three business-related questions. The three questions were:
1. Do you support a city-wide ban on single use plastics (straws, etc)?
2. What city services would you consolidate with other agencies?
3. Do you support maintaining a port that will support the military missions at out bases?
You can listen to the answer to these questions and the rest of the debate here:
A special thanks to NewsRadio 1620's Andrew McKay for moderating the debate.
Is the business community ready to meet the challenge of filling the jobs of the future? That’s what Florida Chamber Foundation Executive Vice President Tony Carvajal examines every day. Through the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2030 Project, On the latest Toddcast, hear how Tony and his team look at the future trends to help businesses evolve with their ever-changing workforce needs.
Did you know there’s a local organization that welcomes visitors from all over the globe to explain how we do things in the USA? That’s the mission of the Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council. On this Toddcast, their Executive Director Jena Melancon describes how the Diplomacy Council shares Pensacola and Northwest Florida with the world.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently visited Pensacola as a part of their 2030 Project Regional Rollout. The 2030 Project is an ongoing effort by the Florida Chamber Foundation to help the business community in Florida prepare for the growth that our state will experience over the next twelve years.
Florida Chamber Foundation Executive Vice President Tony Carvajal led the conversation with almost 100 leaders from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in attendance. Carvajal began the program by sharing data describing the coming growth in the state and Northwest Florida, including the number of jobs that will be needed by 2030. In Escambia County alone, it anticipated that the business community will need to create 7,233 new jobs by the year 2030. Carvajal also touched on the trends that he is seeing with the types of jobs being created and mentioned that many of the jobs of the future do not even exist today.
Following Carvajal's presentation, there was a panel discussion that focused on talent and workforce development in our community. Chamber President/CEO Clay Ingram participated on the panel with Scott Luth from FloridaWest, Michelle Taylor from the Escambia County School District and Business Consultant Patrick Rooney. The panel discussed ongoing efforts on the state and local level to train the workforce of the future in an effort to attract and retain the workers needed here in Escambia County.
To learn more about the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2030 Project go to www.florida2030.org and visit www.thefloridascorecard.org to review the data that was presented at the rollout.
The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Pensacola Young Professionals, the League of Women Voters and NewsRadio 1620, is proud to announce a series of candidate forums in advance of the August 28th primary elections.
The candidate forum for the office of Pensacola Mayor will take place on Wednesday, August 1st at 5:30 PM. The candidate forums for Escambia County Commission Districts Two and Four will take place on Wednesday, August 15th starting at 5:30 PM. The forums will take place at Seville Quarter.
2018 is shaping up to be one of the hottest election years in recent memory. On the latest Toddcast, Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford provides you with the information you need to get ready for the upcoming election season.
After over an hour of discussion and debate, the Triumph Gulf Coast Board of Directors agreed to move towards funding for the Pensacola Airport's Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Project. The proposal forwarded by the City of Pensacola had evolved over the past few months from an initial request of $135 million downward to $56 million.
At the June Triumph Gulf Coast Board meeting held in Pensacola, board members Don Gaetz and Stan Connally stated that they wanted to see this project brought forward and vetted by Triumph staff. Dr. Rick Harper provided an overview of the project and the economic impact this project would have on the region. Harper stated that the project would bring an additional 1,325 jobs at an average salary of over $44,000 a year. Harper also pointed out that this type of project will provide spin-off jobs that will benefit the region. Harper rated the modified MRO project as an 'A'.
City of Pensacola consultant Dave Penzone provided greater detail about the MRO project and answered a number of questions about outside sources of funding, construction costs and construction timing from board members. The issue of other sources of funding was one that board members had the greatest concern. The city's new proposal relies on funding from local, state and federal sources, some of which has not been approved yet. Penzone stated that they expected to find out about their request for state funds within the next 30 days but the federal funds request will take longer. The Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission will also need to provide funding that has yet to be approved.
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward also addressed the Triumph board saying that this project is his highest priority for his remaining time in office and will continue to support the project even after his tenure ends in November. The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce also spoke in favor of the project at the meeting. The Chamber Board of Directors previously voted to endorse this project.
After hearing the presentations, the Triumph board wrangled with how to structure the payments for the MRO project. With outstanding funding requests still remaining, the board voted to give the city until the end of the year to secure additional funding for the first phase of construction. Once that funding is secured, the board will release funds in four tranches of $20 million, $20 million, $11 million and $5 million for the four phases of the project. This will reach the $56 million requested for the project. Each payment will be contingent on the other sources of funding being secured for each phase.
The board voted unanimously to move forward with this plan and instructed staff to work on the term sheet with the city.
To see the city's revised budget for the MRO project go to www.myfloridatriumph.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/120-Pensacola-MRO-Campus-Score-Sheet-7-18.pdf
Ever wonder what the Gulf Coast Kids House provides our community? On this Toddcast, Executive Director Stacey Kostevicki explains the role of the Gulf Coast Kids House and how you can support their mission.