You may have driven down Chase St. in downtown Pensacola many times, without thought to where the name came from. It was named in honor of William Henry Chase, who oversaw the construction of Fort Pickens and other forts along the Gulf Coast in the 1800s.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest report from the U.S. Labor Department regarding the number of Americans filing for first-time jobless claims. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 32,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000 for last week. That was the largest decline since December 2012, and marked the lowest level since May 2007.
After 18 months, $40,000 in search fees, two interims and one extra meeting, Escambia County finally has an administrator.
The Escambia County Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to offer the position to Taylor County Administrator Jack Brown, who was among the five finalists. He would succeed Randy Oliver, who was fired in September of 2012.
Since Oliver’s dismissal, the administrator post has been filled by the late George Touart, and then by Assistant Administrator Larry Newsome.
The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition will open its Robotics Lab to the public as part of the fifth annual National Robotics Week, which runs from April 5th through 13th this year. Douglas Stephen is a research associate at IHMC.
Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas is asking voters to extend the half-cent sales tax, in order to fund construction of three new public schools next year.
The levy – which expires in 2018 – raises about $20 million per year. It’s on the ballot this November for another ten-years after that. The half-cent tax has been the main funding source for the school district’s capital outlay since 1997. Thomas says voter approval is vital to their plan covering the next 10-15 years.