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“Back-to-School” is an exciting time of any year but this year it’s very special as we’ve welcomed back students and families in our post-hurricane world. We’re so pleased to see familiar faces, and welcome new ones, and we know that the success of our school system is a strong indicator of the recovery of our community. As you move throughout our community, and visit and support our schools, we want to make sure you know that we welcome you to become involved in Elevate Bay, our mentoring initiative, and we hope you will encourage your employees to do the same. The minimum commitment is just 30 minutes twice a month but those mentors have almost an unlimited capacity to change the lives of the children with whom they are matched. You can find out more about Elevate Bay on their Facebook page or by calling Coordinator Stacey Legg at 767-4100. I’d also like to take a moment to encourage all of you to support our football, band, cheer, volleyball, track, soccer, ROTC and countless other students who have been working hard all summer, in that heat, to showcase their skills for you. There are few things I enjoy more than a Friday night at Joe and Jeannette Chapman Field at Tommy Oliver Stadium watching our student athletes compete and hearing our band members cheer them on. Those Friday nights (and some Thursdays) require the support of an entire village of adult volunteers and local business sponsors and we appreciate all of them and hope you’ll join us for our version of “Friday Night Lights” this season. Our student athletes sincerely appreciate your support more than you will ever know so time spent in the stands at any event is time well spent.

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As many of you know, our road to recovery will be a long one just like the journey of so many of our fellow residents. Currently we have approximately $40 million in reconstruction contracts underway but those contracts are merely a fraction of the estimated $300 million needed. While we’re working as expeditiously as we can to restore our buildings, we all know there simply aren’t enough qualified contractors to go around and sometimes work is delayed by insurance and FEMA processes. Suffice to say, it’s going to take time for us to run this “marathon” but we’re determined to accomplish our goals and rebuild our schools even better than they were before. And, finally, I’d like to give a HUGE shout out to all of the businesses, and private individuals, who have supported our school supply and clothing drive. This year, more than ever, we know that we have families who are struggling and so we set about the lofty goal of providing supplies, and clothing, to all children who need assistance. Thanks to your generosity, we’ve made huge steps towards this goal and our schools and teachers appreciate your support and thoughtfulness. The needs will continue all year, and we will continue to work to support them, but we couldn’t have accomplished any of this without your generosity and community spirit. And the word community brings me to my last point. Our theme for this year is #Community … we are excited that you are a part of our #Community and we know that we will rebuild our schools, and Bay County, by working together. As we roll into the new school year, and beyond, we will be focusing on those community connections and on strengthening our bond with everyone who plays an integral role in the “village” for our children. We are #850Strong and we are on our way to recovery!


Showcasing our commitment to Northwest Florida and local military leaders, Florida State University Panama City is sharing its expertise to help the Navy better traverse coastal environments, from land to deep ocean.

26 defense contractors, local businesses and technology companies from 13 states.

Through a $100 million Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), FSU and four other teams will provide research and prototyping for the Navy’s rapid Expeditionary Warfare (EXW) capability requirements for up to six years.

The FSU OTA encourages innovative solutions from non-traditional defense contractors that normally might not desire to participate in the traditional Federal Acquisition Regulation-based procurements. The agreement encompasses innovative technology solutions to address current and future systems in the EXW environment, such as seas, bays, estuaries, riverine, islands, coastal areas, beaches and the airspace above these areas. As modern sensors and weapons advance with ranges extending hundreds of miles both seaward and landward, land and sea can become a single battlespace.

FSU Panama City is the only academic institution selected to compete.

This is yet another example of how important Northwest Florida and the military are to the university.

Systems engineering program coordinator, Daniel Georgiadis, Ph.D., who will serve as the principal investigator for the project, assembled the FSU team, which includes the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, FSU Panama City’s crime scene investigation program,

FSU Panama City’s graduate-level systems engineering program was developed in direct response to an NSWC PCD request. The program welcomed the first cohort of students in 2018.



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The Circuit - The Fall Issue 2019  

The Fall Issue features a great featured about Unsung Heroes from Hurricane Michael and additional updates from Chamber members and local le...

The Circuit - The Fall Issue 2019  

The Fall Issue features a great featured about Unsung Heroes from Hurricane Michael and additional updates from Chamber members and local le...