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How to do Business with Local Governments

You are cordially invited to join the Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce (GCMCC), the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, and the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) for a free workshop designed for businesses to establish a working relationship with our local government.

We will review the steps for registering your business, procedures for bidding and procurement, presentation of your product/service, and future business opportunities with local governments. The presentations will be followed by a Question & Answer session and networking.

  • WHEN
    • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM
  • WHERE
    • Hagler-Mason Conference Room City Hall, 2nd Floor 222 W. Main St. Pensacola, FL 32502
  • PRESENTATIONS BY:
    • Escambia County (Paul Nobles)
    • ECUA (Amy Williamson & Jim Roberts)
    • City of Pensacola (Hosea Goodwyn)                      

To register or for more information, please visit www.gcmcc.info.

Sponsored by: Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce (GCMCC),
City of Pensacola, Escambia County, and ECUA.

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New Episode of Our City News Show is Available to Watch

Tonya Vaden and John Scanlon host this week’s City News Show from the Garden District Cottages. They discuss the progress at the former Blount School site, tell us where Pensacola placed on Verizon’s list of the best cities to start a small business and give us a rundown of upcoming events.

VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO WATCH THE SHOW

For more information or general questions please email pio@cityofpensacola.com and follow @cityofpensacola on Twitter. You can also sign up for email or text notifications about everything that’s happening with your City government through Notify Me.

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City of Pensacola: Weekly Meeting Schedule May 6-10, 2019

Weekly Meeting Schedule May 6-10, 2019

Tuesday, May 7

Code Enforcement Authority Public Quasi-Judicial Hearings 3:00 p.m. City Council Chamber 222 West Main Street.

Wednesday, May 8

Police Pension Board- 9:00 a.m. Hagler-Mason Conference Room 222 West Main Street

General Pension Board 11:30 a.m. Hagler-Mason Conference Room 222 West Main Street.

Fire Pension Board 2:00 p.m. Hagler-Mason Conference Room 222 West Main Street.

Thursday, May 9

City Council & Mayor Strategic Planning Session- 8:30 a.m. Hagler-Mason Conference Room 222 West Main Street.


Agenda Review, City Council and many special meetings can be viewed live on CityOfPensacola.com/428/Live-Meeting-Video.
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Garden District Cottages Take Shape, City Makes Small Business List & More

Garden District Cottages Enters Phase Two

Garden District Cottages, located at the former Blount School property, is beginning to take shape. ParsCo has been busy at work constructing 26 single-family homes.

Eight homes total have been sold. ParsCo is now moving into the second phase of selling and building the homes. You can view phase two availability and homes by visiting ParsCo’s website.

ParsCo, LLC designed four different home floor plans for the site: The La Rua, The Baylen, The Belmont and The Gadsden. Homes start at $189,000, come with a one-year warranty and do not have HOA fees.

Six of the 26 homes were designated to be used for the City Housing Incentive Program. One incentive home has already been sold to a police officer. There is currently one incentive home for sale at 959 West Gregory Street.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:
City of Pensacola purchased the property in 2011 using mostly grant funding from the  Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block grant. The buildings that housed the former Blount School were demolished and City of Pensacola put out a request for proposals to build. ParsCo won the bid for the sale and development of the property. All of the proceeds were voted by the council to be allocated to the Housing Initiatives Fund.


Jimmy Buffett Stops by Port of Pensacola to Meet with American Magic Team

Jimmy Buffett speaks with Skipper Terry Hutchinson at the Port of Pensacola about American Magic’s Mule. The American Magic team is using the Port of Pensacola and Gulf Coast waters to train during the winter for the 36th America’s Cup.


Verizon names Pensacola as a best city to start small business

Pensacola made Verizon’s list of the 50 best cities to start a small business. The Go.Verizon.com team gathered data from nearly 300 cities across the country and focused on certain factors that would categorize them as small. The team looked at elements that indicated financial climate and an overview of demographics. Those elements included population, education, travel time to work, income per capita, broadband access, loans per capita and tax scores.

Pensacola placed 17th overall. Logan, Utah placed first with Sarasota and Coral Gables following.

You can read the entire list by visiting Verizon’s website.


NASCAR driver Kyle Petty is Bringing His Charity Ride Through Pensacola in May 

On May 9, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, will visit Pensacola Beach during its 25th Anniversary motorcycle trek.

Former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty will lead 250 participants on a nearly 3,700-mile route, traveling from Seattle to the Keys, to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction– a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

As a result of the Ride, more than 8,185 children from across the country have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families. The camp has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.

Please find more information at www.kylepettycharityride.com.


Check your mail! Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is May 11

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the letter carriers of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will join forces to help Stamp Out Hunger in our community.

In its 27th year, the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) annual food drive has grown to be the largest national single-day effort that benefits millions of Americans who struggle to put food on the table. In the last 27 years, communities across the nation have donated 1.67 billion pounds of food. Last year’s food drive netted 71.6 million pounds of food to help feed those in need. Locally, organizations received nearly 125,000 pounds of food from the drive.

A donation of just one dozen cans provides three days’ worth of food, or nine meals for neighbors in need. Residents are encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable food items, such as canned chicken, canned tuna, canned fruit in 100% juice, dry breakfast items (oatmeal, grits, whole grain cereal), canned vegetables, peanut butter, rice, and/or dry beans next to their mailbox prior to regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11.

Escambia and Santa Rosa letter carriers will collect food donations for local food banks including Manna Food Pantries, Feeding the Gulf Coast in Pace and Milton, ACTS Ministry of Holley Assembly of God in Gulf Breeze, We Care Ministries of Navarre United Methodist Church, and Warrington Emergency Aid Center.


Join us Sunday for Free Yoga with Breathe Yoga Wellness

It’s the start of a new month and that means a free yoga class is coming up.

Join us Sunday, May 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Community Maritime Park for the class with Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center instructor Ashlee Brown.

The event is open to all ages and levels of experience, and features certified instructors. The class is free, but you will need to BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and any other accessories you would like to use. Water will be provided, but you will need to bring your own bottle or container.

We hope to see you there! Held the first Sunday each month.


Free concert at Brownsville Community Center on May 10

Are you ready to hear some amazing voices?

Join us at the Brownsville Community Center on Friday, May 10 for a concert with the Blue Anchor Belles.

The Blue Anchor Belles will bring their three-part harmonies for a beloved WWII-era bring your own lunch concert. The show will feature top hits from the 40’s and 50’s. This event is for people ages 50 and up.

Concert runs from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Save the date, Sacred Heart Mission in Motion is May 14

Sacred Heart Mission in Motion is Tuesday, May 14 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Gull Point Resource Center. Heart-health screenings will measure blood pressure, blood sugar and total cholesterol, and can detect anemia. This event is for people ages 50 and up.


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Watch the New Episode of Pensacola City News

A new episode of our City news show is available to watch

Tonya Vaden and John Scanlon host this week’s news show from Pensacola International Airport. They discuss the airport breaking a record in March, pedestrian safety improvements at Jefferson and Main Streets, the new Armstrong Park playground, employee recognition, and give us a rundown of upcoming events.

For more information or general questions please email pio@cityofpensacola.com and follow @cityofpensacola on Twitter. You can also sign up for email or text notifications about everything that’s happening with your City government through Notify Me.
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Parks and Recreation Calendar of Events: April 26-May 4, 2019 

Parks and Recreation Calendar of Events
April 26-May 4, 2019

Friday, April 26
Senior Game Day Expo-9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Brownsville Community Center
Join Home Care Solutions for a Senior Game Day Expo on Friday, April 26th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for games, prizes, and door prizes all morning! Over 20 local vendors with valuable info for attendees! Finger foods provided by Longhorn Steakhouse. Ages 50-up

Arbor Day Celebration-2:00 p.m. at Miraflores Park,
The City of Pensacola will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 26 at Miraflores Park. Mayor Grover Robinson will issue a proclamation observing Arbor Day in the City of Pensacola on this national day of recognition. In addition to planting a live oak at the park, Parks and Recreation invites guests to register for a free raffle on-site for one of three 15 gallon trees to be given away: a live oak, a red maple, and a river birch. You must be present to win.

Armstrong Park Playground Ribbon Cutting-The City of Pensacola invites you to a ribbon cutting celebration for the new playground at Armstrong Park, 300 West Lakeview Avenue on Friday, April 26th at 4:15 p.m. The new playground features new climbers, slides, and interactive elements for all ages.

Saturday, April 27

Be My Neighbor Day-Parks and Recreation’s Tonie Rivera and Justin Paul will be at WSRE’s Be My Neighbor Day, a FREE family event spotlighting the neighborly values of Mister Rogers on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check out the fun games they have in store and take our Step On Bullying pledge.

Saturday, May 4
Tippin Park Fun Ride-9-9:45 a.m. at Tippin Park, 6600 Tippin Avenue

Join us for a leisurely neighborhood ride among friends. The route is a 3.9 mile loop that also visits Parker Circle Neighborhood Park before returning to Tippin Park. The Ride celebrates a new map of the loop created by Bike Pensacola for Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers. There is also a park beautification project taking place following the Ride, so please stay for that if you can. We will obey all traffic laws on this ride–there is no police escort.

Call 850-436-5670 or visit PlayPensacola.com for more details.