Graphics guru Ron Stallcup talks about using data to tell stories of the past and and present, and how that relevant information can help move the community toward a better future.
Shannon Nickinson shares her vision of how the Studer Institute can help bring people together to make the community a better place for everyone.
Mollye Barrows talks about investigative reporting as a tool to tell compelling stories, fix injustices and fight for the underdog.
Randy Hammer, CEO of the Studer Institute, talks about the need to get people involved in and excited about improving the quality of life in Pensacola.
Rick Harper is the director of the Studer Institute and also serves as University of West Florida’s assistant vice president for economic development and director of the university’s Office of Economic Development and Engagement. He will be responsible for the dashboard indicators and other data series that will describe our community and track its performance.
Reggie Dogan talks about what he learned about our school system after spending months talking to teachers, administrators and parents in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
Claire Campbell doesn’t think of her short documentary “Back in the Game” as a film.
The Studer Institute’s staff spent five months researching the material that would become the Pensacola Metro Report.
We are tough on children.
Patrick Elebash saw something downtown last Christmas that he had never seen before.
In 1978 Steve Garman, then city manager of Westminster, Colo., was approached about taking a similar position in Pensacola.
When restaurant entrepreneur Joe Abston opened Hopjacks on Palafox Place in 2008, he said his goal was to help revive downtown Pensacola and restore its “beating heart.”
Pensacola is a big enough small city that you sometimes get the feeling folks are only separated by six degrees.
If you live and work in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, on average you make $8,000 less than the typical American worker.
In early 2001, then-Pensacola News Journal Executive Editor Randy Hammer sent UWF’s Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development an invitation:
Tauheedah Rasheed knows the value of hard work.
Robin Reshard wants to hear your story.
Getting a 350-pound robot to walk like a human is half art, half science. It’s the kind of thing the robotics lab at the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition specializes in.
When officials from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce visited Pensacola recently, they oohed and ahhed about Pensacola’s thriving downtown business district, as well as the waterfront ballpark and its array of nearby restaurants and nightspots.
Clusters of industry work, economic experts say, because they feed off each other and build a critical mass of skilled workers and suppliers that support each other, easily attracting similar operations.
State and local officials agree that Alabama has had success in attracting big-name manufacturers in part because, unlike Florida, it can pull from an extra source of revenue — the residential income tax.
Go big or stay home, the saying goes.
In Pensacola, our economic prospects are all about education.
On a sunlit June afternoon, Hannah Gainer beamed as she zipped up her scarlet gown.
Education means different things to different people.
In 2009, Milton High School almost failed.
Nearly a third of children entering kindergarten in Escambia County aren’t ready for school.
I’ve always admired teachers.
In important ways, the last dozen years have been kind to our community. We’ve made up lost ground in personal income and we’re adapting to changing demographics. But we’re not the working-class, manufacturing and military Pensacola that we were two generations ago.
The Studer Institute exists for one reason: To improve the quality of life for people.