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Clean Energy Plan Will Cut Electric Bills

One of FL's Top Economists Talks About FL's Economy: "Really good for some parts of Florida"

Columbia County Workforce Development Summit On Tap for September

Econ Dev. Dir. Glenn Hunter, leads the Workforce Development Committee discussion.

LSHA's "Chainsaw Jack" Claimed Vindication Before Clear Cutting Began

Union Cnty Farmers Employ BMPs to Increase Yield & Help Environment

SVTA: Special Meeting Called for Administrator's Pay Raise: "We'll Advertise It Right, Next Time"

Another 2d Rate Audit Presentation Fit Only for the Blind: General Fund Reserves Down $3.2 Mil

Posted: June 17, 2016  08:12 am
The 5 Voted 3-2 to Abate/Rebate the Estimated $869,140 to Hutton Development to Guarantee It's Profit & Help Bring Non-Living Wage Jobs to Columbia County

Cnty 5 to Vote on $869,140 Tax Abatement for Econ Underdevelopment Non-Living Wage Jobs

Florida Gateway College Bachelor of Science Nursing Program Receives National Accreditation

Hutton Development Scores: City Council Approves 10yr $440,000 Tax Abatement & $340k in Cash

Failure to Expand Medicaid Costs FL Millions

40 yr School Bd Veteran and Property Owner
"I don't think they should have been fired"

Terminated: County Manager Throws Book at 2 County Road Workers For Mowing Mom's Lawn

Another FL Community Looks to "Ban The Box" on Job Applications

County 5 Puts Taxpayers on the Line, No Mechanism to do the "Do-Over", Do it Anyway

The County 5 Puts Taxpayers on the Line, More Legal Fees on the Way, NGN Thinks it Has a Plan

Columbia Cnty Econ Development
"We don't have a workforce strategy"

High-Tech Tool Turns Up Dozens of Natural Gas Leaks in Florida City

Lake City Community Tennis Assoc on the Move: Will the Cnty 5 Double Fault?

Advocates Fuming Over Oil Testing Plans in Big Cypress Preserve

Drunk With Power, Nash Bd Plays Post Office W/Developer - Cnty Bldg Leased for a Buck

FL Falls Behind National High School Graduation Rate: Alternative Schools Not Helping

City Manager Johnson Brings Clarity to Lake DeSoto Trees and the "Jack Berry Highway"

Lake Shore Hosp Auth / Lake DeSoto Hawks
Berry Wants People "to Have the Truth"

Lifeguard Announces Suit Against County 5, Requests Injunction to Halt County Negotiations

"Let the hell fly where it may," Com. Ron Williams

Procurement Mayhem at Gov Scott's LSHA May Give Lake DeSoto Hawk Habitat a Reprieve

Berry's Drug Claim: Bogus

Man's best friend rescued - then becomes boys best friend

Meeting Calendar
Don't be confused - Find links to agendas

Donald Trump in Scotland
Playing the Ugly American

What If My Supervisor Does Not Develop Me?

Coalition Calls for Spec Leg Session on Gun Control

Airport Workers Call Job Conditions Dangerous, Unsafe

Real Economic Development Comes to Melbourne Florida: Embraer Begins Expanded Production

Florida Gas Down Almost a Penny Last Week: Av $2.33

A European Perspective on Donald Trump "Associate yourself with men of good Quality"

Rick Scott's Higher Education Summit Was Missing One Thing — Educators

Push Is On to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Floridians

What If My Boss Is the Problem?

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

Third Party in the GOP's Future? Trump Has Hijacked the Rep Party from the Rep Party