Pensacola e-newsletter

Airport Receives BIG Grant For Project Titan

Exciting news for our airport! The U.S. Department of Commerce's  Economic Development Administration is awarding a $12.25 million grant to the City of Pensacola to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to establish a maintenance training facility at Pensacola International Airport. The EDA grant, to be matched with more than $36 million in state and local investment, is expected to help create 400 jobs.

Dr. John Fleming, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, made the announcement this morning at ST Engineering Aerospace in Pensacola, also presenting the $12.25 million check to Mayor Grover Robinson. 

"We're excited for this opportunity to continue to grow the aviation industry here in Pensacola and create new jobs for our residents while also attracting new residents to our great community," Mayor Robinson said. "We are grateful to the Economic Development Administration for supporting this important project, and to all of our local and regional partners who have contributed to making it a reality and continuing to build our economic development momentum."

This project will fund the construction of a 173,000 square-foot airport hangar, along with adjacent taxi ways and related infrastructure, at Pensacola International Airport. Designed to withstand 170 mph winds, the facility will support state-of-the-art maintenance, repair and overhaul operations, and provide a training center for commercial and technological aviation programs. 

Click here to read more about this announcement.

Mayor Grover Robinson speaks at the EDA grant announcement Thursday, July 18 at ST Engineering Aerospace

Heads Up! Traffic Changes Are Coming to the Bridge

Drivers, get ready. Changes are coming to the traffic flow of the Pensacola Bay Bridge.

an aerial photo of the bridge

Eastbound traffic, which is Pensacola to Gulf Breeze, will shift to the newly constructed bridge on Sunday, July 28. West bound traffic, which is Gulf Breeze to Pensacola, will shift to the new bridge on Thursday, August 1. It is important to note that between July 28 and August 1, 17th avenue will close to thru traffic between Gregory Street and the railroad overpass. Drivers will be detoured.
Read more about the project here.

It's Time to Start Thinking About After School Care

Now that we are halfway through summer, it is time to starting thinking about signing up your kids for after school care. Our programming is jam-packed with fun activities and lots of learning. 

two children smile and pose for a picture

After school care is provided at Cobb, Gull Point, Fricker and Woodland Heights Resource Centers. Our programming offers activities that build healthy and happy kids through active play, fitness and sports, dance and drama instruction, computer exploration and S.T.E.A.M. activities.

New this year, the YMCA of Northwest Florida will offer their after school programming at the Vickrey Resource Center as part of the City of Pensacola’s land swap agreement.

For more information, dates, pricing and registration, visit 

John Powell and Grover Robinson smile and pose for a picture
Rev. John H. Powell and Mayor Grover Robinson at the NAACP Centennial Banquet Friday, July 12

Congratulations, Rev. John Powell!

Congratulations are in order for Rev. John Powell, who earned a national recognition for his dedication to engaging with children in learning and fun.
Imagination Playground, based out of Providence, Rhode Island, named Powell a 2019 Summer Block Champion. According to the official news release, a block champion sees the possibility for building towers and trains while building the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
Congratulations, Rev. Powell.
To read more about the blocks, visit Imagination Playground’s website. 

Bahri Abha parked at port of pensacola

Bahri Abha Cargo Ship Stops at the Port of Pensacola

The Bahri Abha made a stop at the Port of Pensacola last week, making it one of her many port calls around the world. Stops have included Veracruz, Salvador, Genova and Houston, among others. She is 721 feet long and is here delivering nacelles.

Learn more about the Bahri Abha and track her movements here.

Bahri Abha ship at the port of pensacola

CrossTown band

Enjoy Classic Rock at Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay

Sit back and enjoy a bit of classic rock with local club favorites CrossTown at the Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay concert Sunday, July 21 at Community Maritime Park. The show starts at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

View the full Blues on the Bay concert schedule here.

Note: Last week's newsletter incorrectly listed CrossTown as Sunday, July 14. They will be playing Sunday, July 21. 

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