Town of Century

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The University of West Florida and Town of Century are teaming up to develop a marketing plan to benefit the north Escambia County area.

The plan centers on helping Century beef up its business assets, then promote the town to site selectors, and firms looking to expand or re-locate.

“It was about a year and a half ago that we were first contracted to establish an economic development strategic plan that was paid for by a grant that the town received from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity” said Brice Harris at UWF’s Haas Business Center.

  Economic development efforts in the Town of Century are getting ratcheted up, through a new partnership with the University of West Florida.

The Escambia County Commission voted unanimously last week to approve the contract between the Century Chamber of Commerce and the Haas Center, for the latter to take over implementation of a plan it developed for Century.

Cindy Anderson, a former TEAM Santa Rosa executive director, spent about a year overseeing the Chamber’s economic development efforts. She now has a similar job with the Northwest Florida Manufacturer’s Council.

Qualifying for candidates seeking local offices kicked off at noon on Monday. Candidates have until noon Friday to file at the Supervisor of Elections Office.

Plenty of seats are up for grabs, including two on the Escambia County Commission; three each on the County School Board and Pensacola City Council, along with the Pensacola mayor’s office. Add to that, Districts One and Two on the Florida House of Representatives, and state Senate District Two.

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A delegation from Century is heading to Dothan this week, in hopes of luring businesses and jobs from China to north Escambia County.

The Century Town Council last month approved about $3,700 in economic development funding to staff the U.S.-China Manufacturing Symposium on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Mayor Freddie McCall is leading the entourage from Century – which is the only small community in the Florida Panhandle to be invited.