Over the past 14 years, Pensacola has undergone a major revitalization.
Back then, our city was feeling the aftermath of several decades of economic decline. There was a huge talent drain as young people left for better opportunities. Downtown was dotted with many vacant buildings.
Today, much has changed. Downtown Pensacola is thriving and new businesses are popping up. There is more downtown construction taking place than at any time in modern history. We’ve won several prestigious awards and accolades. And property values are soaring: In the past four years, they’ve seen an incredible 25.9 percent growth.
At the heart of much of our success so far has been citizen-led and citizen-powered change. Our community members have stepped forward and taken charge of the well-being of our city.
Yet, while we’ve made some progress, there is still much work left to do.
The Studer Community Institute’s Community Projects aim to support that revitalization.
We are moving toward a goal of inclusive prosperity. We want everyone to be lifted by the economic “rising tide” we’re experiencing. In addition, we want to be sure that we not only sustain our level of progress, but that we also maximize our opportunities.