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UWF Research Grant Program
5:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

UWF Offers $1.5 Million To Boost Research

The University of West Florida has announced a new Industry Research Matching Grants Program to encourage the growth of research at the university and at businesses in Northwest Florida. Dr. Brice Harris,  the director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Economic Development and Engagement at the University of West Florida says there is $1.5 million available in the program.

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UWF Economist joins Pensacola think-tank
10:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Harper New Studer Institute Director

  There’s a new partnership in town between the University of West Florida and the Studer Institute: with UWF economist Rick Harper becoming the Institute’s Director.

The genesis of both the partnership and Harper’s new job took place a number of months ago, and is partially related to his longtime friendship with former Pensacola News Journal publisher Randy Hammer, who’s now the Studer Institute’s President and CEO.

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Economic Report
5:19 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Harper: 'Blues' Boost Tourism, Local Foreclosures Drop

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reflects on Blue Angels weekend on Pensacola Beach. ‘Red, White and Blues Week’ follows the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which provides a critical boost to the local tourism industry over a stretch of about a week-and-a-half.

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Economic Report
3:51 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Harper: 2.9% Drop In GDP Shows Weak Start To 2014 GDP Revision

Dr. Rick Harper
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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest first quarter revision of the gross domestic product (GDP).  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, GDP shows a 2.9% drop in the annual rate in January through March, the weakest quarter for the U.S. economy since the Great Recession.

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Economic Report
3:23 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Harper: Oil Spill Recovery Act Good For Local Economy

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper begins with the latest from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

On Wednesday, Yellen announced that the Fed will continue its current monetary policy, cutting its monthly bond purchases by another $10 billion per month and keeping its key federal funds rate near zero. Further, she told a news conference that inflation was expected to move gradually back to the central bank's 2 percent target.

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Economic Report
6:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Harper: More Signs Of A Strengthening Economy

Dr. Rick Harper
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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses more signs of a strengthening economy on a national level.

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Economic Report
4:29 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Harper: Slight Economic Decline Not All Bad

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a report that shows the nation’s economy shrank in the first quarter of 2014, the first downturn since early 2011.

The government initially said first quarter GDP grew at a 0.1% annual rate. That figure was revised downward to -0.1%.

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Economics with Rick Harper
4:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Harper: Florida Made-For-Trade, Interest Rates, & Tax Day

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Time now for our weekly review of the region’s economy with Dr. Rick Harper – Director of the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement, and advisor to the Florida Senate.

Interview Highlights:

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Local Economy
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Florida Still Has Work To Deal With Poverty

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses issues related to poverty, on the 50th anniversary this week of President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 declaration of “War on Poverty.”

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Residents Likely to See Tax Cuts
6:52 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Florida General Revenue Estimate Positive

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses Florida’s general revenue estimate for Florida, which projects what the sales and use tax revenues will be.   The latest forecast from state economists shows an increase o f$300 million relative to the summer projection. 

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