Pensacola, Florida
Thursday April 26th 2018


News: Better Pensacola Forum on Blab


*Press Release*

Hosted By Former Pensacola Mayor, Jerry Maygarden, The Television Show Better Pensacola Forum Is An Extension Of The Better Pensacola Forum Organization

WHO:             Better Pensacola Forum
WHAT:           Better Pensacola Forum, a television show on Blab TV, will air interview with Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce President Jim Hizer.  The show is hosted by former Pensacola Mayor, Jerry Maygarden.
WHERE:         Airing on Blab TV, Channel 6 – Cox Cable.  Check local listings.
WHEN:           Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. CST

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Most recently, Better Pensacola Forum hosted guests such as Escambia District Superintendent of Schools, Malcolm Thomas, and all of the Pensacola Mayoral candidates. Earlier this year, the Better Pensacola Forum announced the results of its third Quality of Life Survey.  The survey, conducted annually, is a tool that can be used to help improve the quality of life for Escambia County residents.  Better Pensacola Forum Executive Director, Jerry Maygarden explains, “We conduct the annual surveys and provide the data to equip decision makers with information on what is most important to the people who live here. Voters are responding positively this year. Yes, voters feel anxious and some still feel dissatisfied, but there are significant positive trends and improvements this year.”

For the first time in three years of polling for the Quality of Life Survey, a majority of Escambia County voters think that both the County and the City of Pensacola are headed in the right direction. With new optimism on the horizon, what are the Chamber’s plans for the future? In what direction will our City traverse? What challenges do we face? These questions and many more will be answered by the new Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Jim Hizer, on the next Better Pensacola Forum on Blab TV.

After the show has aired on Blab TV (Channel 6 – Check Local Listings), the show and the Quality of Life Survey can also be found on the Better Pensacola Forum Web site at

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About Better Pensacola Forum

The Better Pensacola Forum, Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization, was established in 2008 by a small group of local citizens who have invested a substantial portion of their lives and livelihoods in the greater Pensacola area. For more information, contact Jerry Maygarden at 850-572-8419, email at or visit

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About Better Pensacola Forum TV Host, Jerry Maygarden

Jerry Maygarden, a public affairs consultant specializing in private fund development for nonprofit organizations, is founder and principal of J.L. Maygarden Co. and senior policy advisor for the Capitol Hill Group in Tallahassee, Fla. 

The former mayor of Pensacola served in the Florida House of Representatives as a state legislator and majority leader from 1994-2002 and was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. 

Jerry’s philanthropic activities include founding the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida and serving as chief development officer for Baptist Health Care Corp., Sacred Heart Health System and the University of West Florida, as well being a member of the administrative board for First United Methodist Church. Recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International Foundation, he also served as president of the Rotary Club of Pensacola. 

A prolific writer, Jerry has been published in numerous periodicals and journals, and authored Inside the Bubble: Monographs and Memories from the Other Florida.

For more information on the Better Pensacola Forum Television Show, please contact Edwin Banacia, Ideaworks, USA; email:; 850.434.9095