Author and newspaper publisher Rick Outzen explores the news behind the headlines with newsmakers and the journalists that cover them.
Real News: Barry on Broadband
The county plans to spend $22 million of its America Rescue Plan funds on a 10GB fiber backbone that will be installed throughout the county, providing the ability to provide broadband internet to underserved citizens and businesses. Commissioner Steven Barry shares the details.
Real News: Equality Act and Small Business
Inweekly Rising star Hope Kennedy talks about the potential impact of the Equality Act on Florida businesses. She also shares how what she learned in Pensacola that helps her as CEO of the North Tampa Bay Chamber.
Real News: Visit Pensacola sets tourism records
Visit Pensacola and tourism has a record-shattering year in FY 2021. CEO Darren Schaefer shared that Escambia County set records in average daily rates (ADR), occupancy, and tourism development tax collections (TDT). In fiscal year 2021, $17,671,461 in TDT dollars was collected, an increase of 59.9% over FY 20, and 23.3% over FY 19.
Real News: Center for Smarter Manufacturing consortium
FloridaWest CEO Scott Luth explains the proposed Center for Smarter Manufacturing consortium.
Real News: Manufacturing month
FloridaWest Workforce Innovation Director Jeff Dyers discusses job openings with local manufacturers and the importance of ST Engineering-UPS agreement.
Real News: School Vouchers Investigated
Dr. Sally Butzin, advocate for public education advocate and president of the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee, discusses findings from a preliminary investigative report on “Step Up for Students”, a scholarship funding organization that enables students to attend private schools using taxpayer funds.