Randy Hammer

IHMC

Throughout my 30-year career at the Pensacola News Journal, a recurring theme of our coverage was poverty and its impact on education. Statistics clearly show that high rates of poverty are reflected by poor performance in schools, and Escambia County has been a prime example.

One of the more enduring themes about education in Escambia is how openly people talked about taking jobs there, but buying a home in Santa Rosa County because they believed the schools were better.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper, assistant vice president of economic development at the University of West Florida, discusses the announcement this week regarding his new position with the Studer Institute.

A partnership with UWF will allow Harper to become Director of the Institute.

Last Friday local entrepreneurs Quint and Rishy Studer announced a new initiative: The Studer Institute. Brian Hooper, the Institute’s director sat down and spoke with WUWF’s Lindsay Myers about the purpose and direction of the Institute.

Hooper described the desire behind the Institute by saying, "We hope to educate the community in a compelling and interesting way, whatever it is that we find. We want to look at our community with a sober eye, we want to identify the key issues facing it and we want to try to suggest solutions."