Pensacola-Escambia Development Commission
The Pensacola-Escambia Development Commission (PEDC) is a nine-member, quasi-governmental board responsible for "the promotion and development of industrial, tourist, and commercial attributes and facilities of area including the promotion of conventions, convention facilities and visitors to area."
Its membership is composed of two Pensacola City Council members; two Escambia County Commissioners; the president of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce; a member appointed by the chamber president who serves as chair of either the Committee of 100 or the Tourist Advisory Council; and two at-large members appointed (one each) by the city council and county commission. Except for members holding specific offices, board members serve for two-year terms.
The board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Chamber's headquarters at 117 West Garden Street.
The PEDC is expected to take control of a 9-acre tract of county- and city-owned land, located south of the Pensacola Civic Center and currently used only for overflow parking, to develop as a technology park to attract new businesses to the Pensacola area. The property will first receive about $4 million in infrastructure improvements.
The commission receives funding from city and county governments, which annually contribute $150,000 each. That money is funneled to the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, of which $155,200 is allocated for economic development and the remainder for tourism and armed services retention. The board is not required to disclose its finances.
- Information page at City of Pensacola website
- "High-tech park gets OK." Pensacola News Journal, March 1, 2008.
- "Chamber plans to reorganize." Pensacola News Journal, July 22, 2001.