CivicCon Center

Community Initiatives

CivicCon Center

Great cities begin with great dialogue.

That’s the driving force behind CivicCon, which is growing into the third pillar of Studer Community In¬stitute. The CivicCon speaker series began with Chuck Maron, the founder of Strong Towns, in 2017. Since then, it has become the foundation for a community that is well-informed and more engaged in what it takes to build a better place for everyone. 

CivicCon is a partnership between Studer Community Institute and the Pensacola News Journal. The se¬ries brought nationally-known urban planners and other experts to share what makes a city a great place to live, grow and prosper. CivicCon has an active email list of more than 700 people. The lectures regularly draw more than 200 people to our venues and 6,000 Livestream views.

CivicCon attendees told us that they wanted more involvement than just frequent lectures. They wanted to shape the city’s future. That’s how the Center for Civic Engagement was born — as the action arm of CivicCon. In early 2019, Terry Horne was named the first executive director of the Center.

The Center continued CivicCon in 2019 with speakers including Ryan Gravel and Peter Kageyama. The Center staff will work to sustain our community’s progress and maximize our opportunities through:

Classroom Learning
The Center will launch a classroom-style program to help people learn effective ways to advocate for change. The classes will be open to those who honor standards of behavior regarding mutual respect and civility.

Choosing Smart, Ethical Leaders
We need to encourage good people to run for office, and elect (and re-elect) people who are effective. The Center will encourage local government leaders to be transparent and to adopt formal ethical standards to hold themselves and others accountable.

For more information about CivicCon and the CivicCon Center contact Terry Horne by email at thorne@civicconversations.org.

Community Initiatives

The Studer Community Institute exists for one reason: to improve the quality of life by building vibrant communities.