Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday July 23rd 2019


Winners & Losers 3/17/16

Alex Gartner
The Pensacola Children’s Chorus recently announced its new Artistic Director, Alex Gartner, who will succeed the founding directors, Susan and Allen Pote, on July 1.
Gartner is currently the Richard W. Wesp Assistant Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, a choir that serves nearly 1,000 children each year. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM), he has served the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, Ensemble-in-Residence at CCM, in various positions for the past six years.

West Florida Hospital
Truven Health Analytics has named West Florida Hospital to its 100 Top Hospitals® list for the second consecutive year. The list identifies nationwide hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard measuring overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.

Autism Pensacola
The Pensacola-based marketing firm, idgroup, annually chooses a local non-profit group to receive a brand makeover. Autism Pensacola has been selected to participate in idgroup’s fourth annual Brand on Us initiative. idgroup will use their Branding From the Core® process to engage Autism Pensacola’s stakeholders in developing clarity around their brand identity, image and culture, as well as create communication materials that express Autism Pensacola’s story and promise to the community.

Rick Scott
Florida lawmakers did not support his high-profile request to set aside $250 million for incentives to attract businesses to Florida. The Florida governor spent months trying to build support for his economic development fund, traveling the state and enlisting support from local officials, including Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. In the end, Florida House and Senate leaders decided to lift the incentive plan out of the budget.

Seminole Casinos
The Scott administration reached agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida that called for the tribe to pay $3 billion to the state over seven years in exchange for being able to offer roulette and craps at its casinos. The House and Senate tried to develop comprehensive gambling laws that included allowing slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities outside South Florida. None of the proposals won approval.

National Rifle Association
For the first time in recent memory, the gun-rights organization filed to get their bills passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature. One proposal would have allowed people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college and university campuses. The other bill would have allowed people with the licenses to openly carry firearms. Senate Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, did not take up either bill in his committee, effectively blocking them from advancing.