Pensacola was one of five communities in the United States selected for a new initiative designed to advance inclusive workforce development within their regions through a focus on reaching under-served populations.
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning announced the launch of the Inclusive Development Network. The Inclusive Development Network will work to identify and implement strategies that reduce equity gaps in local workforce development in the Pensacola area. Factors that lead to Pensacola being selected for this initiative include geography and size, as well as their existing and proposed reach with under-served populations.
FloridaWest will serve as the local agency for the Inclusive Development Network in Pensacola. The other communities selected for this initiative are Cleveland, Ohio; Corpus Christi, Texas; Coweta, Oklahoma and Spokane, Washington.
The 2019 Florida Legislative Session is underway. On the latest Greater Pensacola Chamber Toddcast, we hear from newly elected State Representative Alex Andrade. Representative Andrade tells us about the bills he has filed for session and what to expect with some of the key business issues facing our state.
Chamber board members, Chamber staff, and area business leaders traveled to our nation's capital to participate in the annual Northwest Florida Military Fly-In. Representatives from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay Counties made the trek to Washington to meet with members of Congress and hear directly from military leadership about the key issues facing our Northwest Florida military bases.
The first day featured the Day on the Hill, hosted by our own Congressman Matt Gaetz. Day one featured presentations on Special Operations Forces and Military Readiness, next year's defense budget, and Next Generation Aircraft and Hypersonics. Two additional Florida Congressmen, Representative Michael Waltz (R-Boyton Beach) and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami), addressed attendees providing their perspectives on the future of the military in Florida.
Day Two featured presentations from representatives from The Pentagon and the armed forces. Presentations included an update on Global Naval Operations and the importance of keeping the military testing ranges in the Gulf of Mexico. Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Navy James Balocki also provided his outlook for naval installations and facilities.
The fly-in also provided the opportunity for representatives of the five counties to share best practices and discuss ways that Northwest Florida can work together to expand military missions in our area.
On the latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line Senator Doug Broxson, Chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, sat down to discuss the adverse effects of Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse, and the bill he is proposing to put an end to it.
“For over 100 years, we never had a problem with how to file a claim,” said Broxson. “In 1974, we had the first AOB claim ever filed, and then in 2018 we had 36,000.”
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On the latest Toddcast, we hear from Escambia County’s newest County Commissioner, Robert Bender. Recently elected to District 4, Commissioner Bender shares his thoughts on the key issues facing our county.