The vice president of External Affairs and Corporate Services for Gulf Power Company presented the Florida Chamber Foundation’s annual state-of-the-state report during the official opening ceremonies of the Future of Florida Forum. Terry, who chairs the foundation, reported Florida’s foundation is strong and poised for growth in workforce, innovation and economic activity in the coming year.
PEOPLE Magazine has announced the Oakcrest Elementary School teacher as one of its winners of the magazine’s 2nd Annual “Teacher of the Year” awards for 2013. Herber has been responsible for the progress of students’ science education. In his first year at Oakcrest, only 16 percent of the school’s fifth graders were proficient in science. Last year that percentage increased to 59 percent—more than the state or district average.
Collier Merrill & Jim Reeves
Last month Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida honored the past and current chairman of the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees as 2013 Laureates for their outstanding service to the community. Merrill and Reeves were both inducted into the organization’s Business Hall of Fame at its annual banquet. Junior Achievement reaches more than 5,000 students in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay, Washington and Gulf Counties each year, thanks to the help of more than 200 classroom volunteers.
The polls say the federal shutdown was a loser for everyone involved, but particularly the Republicans and the Tea Party. SaintPetersblog.com reported the shutdown and debt crisis have made 14 House seats more winnable for Democrats, according to new independent ratings. There are now, for the first time this cycle, more Republican seats “in play” than the 17 Democrats would need to win in order to take the majority in 2014.
The polls still aren’t good for Florida’s governor, despite all the efforts of the Florida Chamber. His job approval rating has dropped seven percentage points since June. A University of North Florida poll found Charlie Crist up 44 percent to Scott’s 40 percent. The Florida Chamber came out with a poll last week that has Crist leading 46 percent to 41 percent for Scott.
Much of the community was shocked last week when Gulf Power announced that the paper’s interim publisher, Becca Boles, had been selected as Gulf Power Company’s Corporate Communications director. Boles has served in various leadership roles at the Pensacola News Journal since 2005, including Marketing Development director and general manager of Bella and Pensacola Home and Garden magazines. She is the latest of what has become a growing list of departures at the paper.