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Rick Harper on how data can “tell the story”

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.

Takeaways

Focus on education, skills and modern economy

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.