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Winners & Losers 4/4/13


Winners
IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area
The local women’s philanthropy group has announced that its 2013 Membership Drive has successfully concluded with 836 members. The organization will be able to award eight grants of $104,500 each to winning non-profit agencies in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, making it once again the largest IMPACT 100 in the nation. Since its inception, the organization has awarded 39 grants to 34 different non-profit agencies for a total of $4.315 million.

Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond and Stackhouse
The law firm is helping WUWF 88.1 FM bring back the popular RadioLive in September 2013. Over the years, RadioLive has brought you many wonderful musicians, from Cliff Eberhardt to Ed Gerhardt, and now WUWF has the opportunity to feature new performers thanks to the generous support from the law firm, which will be the sole sponsor of RadioLive’s 2013-14 season.

Pensacola Metropolitan Statistical Area
Gov. Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent MSA job growth rate increased by 2.3 percent in February 2013, higher than the state rate that grew by 1.9 percent for the same period. Thanks to efforts by Greater Pensacola Chamber and Escambia County, our area had the fifth highest rate of job growth among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year.

Losers

billnelson.senate.gov
BuzzFeed has identified the seven most God-awful websites in the U.S. Senate and Florida’s Bill Nelson tops the list, as the worst. It’s a weird mix of iPhone photos, staff-written articles and newspaper articles. Others on the list include John McCain (R-AZ), Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Crapo (R-ID). “Hey Senators: 2002 is calling, and it wants its web designers back.”

Pensacola International Airport
Standard & Poor has downgraded the airport’s outlook from stable to negative. The financial service cited below-average liquidity and debt service coverage, a high debt burden and competition. Airport Director Greg Donovan is looking to make $1.8 million in cuts by reducing service contracts, finding procedural efficiencies and cross-utilizing staff. He may also raise parking rates.

Amanda Knox
Italy’s highest court has ordered a new trial in the sensational case of the American student accused of murdering her 21-year-old roommate, Meredith Kercher of Britain, in 2007. The case of Ms. Knox, 25, and a former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 29, will be reheard at a new appeals court in Florence either later this year or in early 2014. In their first trial in 2009, the pair was convicted, but were acquitted by an appeals court jury 18 months ago.