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2016 EPB/UNF Environmental Symposium
Friday, 12 August 2016 15:48

2016 EPB/UNF Environmental Symposium
Friday, September 9, 2016
“Earth in Crises – Practical Environmental Solutions”

Registration for the 2016 EPB/UNF Environmental Symposium is now open!!

The planning team has identified what promises to be an educational and informative event for this year.  Through our theme, and in various ways throughout the day, we hope to identify some of the challenges facing the earth, especially in our region, and look into some of the unique and interesting solutions that some have come up with in order to address them.  These solutions help demonstrate that all of us, no matter our profession, focus or interest, are all working collectively to protect and conserve our natural resources.  We sincerely hope that you will take time out to attend the symposium this year.

Information is being distributed through various means, however, in case you have not seen anything previously, attached is the agenda that we have tentatively planned for the day.  All of the sessions are locked in, however we still have a few speakers to lock in. In the next few weeks we will provide more details on panel participants.  To keep up with the latest, you can always find information by following the link found at the bottom of this email.  We hope that you will find the symposium workshops to be informative and that you choose to attend.


New to the symposium this year is a partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to offer training for the Petroleum Restoration Program (PRP).  FDEP staff from Tallahassee will join with some of our local Environmental Quality Division staff to conduct training from 9 am to 4 pm and includes lunch.  This training will provide Owners/Responsible Parties information on their responsibilities associated with the PRP, and contractors will get the nuts and bolts of the program and its operations.  Spread the word now.  The session will be limited in size, so if you are interested in obtaining this training sign up early.


Registration for both the symposium and the PRP training is easily done online.  Payment options include credit / debit cards and electronic checks.  Those who wish to pay via cash or money order will need to submit the payment via mail along with the completed registration form attached.  And of course, although we strongly encourage registering before the deadline, we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to attend and pay at the door.  The planning team continues to make every effort to ensuring the symposium remains affordable to all, so prices have remained relatively the same.  For some categories there are a very limited number of scholarships available.  These requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online registration website is available at:  http://tinyurl.cobitm/EPB-Environmental-Symposium The registration deadline is September 2, 2016, so please make sure and register today!


As we are unable to secure sponsors for the symposium, exhibits help to ensure the event is affordable to all.  The event presents an excellent opportunity to share information with close to 400 attendees composed of elected and regulatory officials, consultants, utilities and regulated industry representatives, academics and the general public.  We hope those of you who have exhibited at the symposium in the past will choose to do so again this year.  You should be receiving a separate email with additional information, but you can also sign up today online as well.
We also look forward to new exhibitors this year.

I hope that you will share this information with your colleagues, family & friends.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thanks.

PS – the symposium website may also be found at:

Tech Coast Conference
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 14:27

The Jax Chamber would like to extend an invitation to FCMA members to the Tech Coast Conference, an event they are sponsoring. Find more information at:

FCMA members can get in free! Contact Mark Aston at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out how.

FCMA Endorses Candidates for Aug 30 Election
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:18

First Coast Manufacturers Association Endorses Candidates For The August 30th Primary Elections

The Board of Directors of the First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) has made endorsements for the various elective offices throughout the First Coast for the August 30th primary.

Under the direction of Joe Durkin, chairman of FCMA’s government relations committee, the committee conducted interviews, candidate research and made recommendations to the FCMA Board. Their endorsements include the following:

Nassau County

Kathy Burns – Superintendent of Schools

Danny Leeper – Commission, District 1

Pat Edwards – Commission, District 3

Justin Taylor – Commission, District 5

Jonathan Petree – School Board, District 5

St. Johns County

Jimmy Johns – Commission, District 1

Jerry Cameron – Commission, District 3

Henry Dean – Commission, District 5

Florida Legislature

Cord Byrd – State Representative, District 11

Sheri Treadwell – State Representative, District 11

Clay Yarborough – State Representative, District 12

Tracie Davis – State Representative, District 13

Terry Fields – State Representative, District 14

Dick Kravitz – State Representative, District 16

Katherine Van Zant – State Representative, District 19

Dennis Baxley – State Senator, District 12

The First Coast Manufacturers Association is a non-profit trade association serving Northeast Florida. There are over 1,500 manufacturing companies on the First Coast, supplying over 30,000 jobs and generating nearly 15% of the total gross regional product. Additional media information on FCMA is available at

Job openings for skilled trades instructors
Thursday, 07 July 2016 16:14

Philip Randolph Academies of Technology in Jacksonville, FL is hiring instructor for the fall: CTE Industry Certified Teachers - Plumbing, HVAC, Welding, Fire and Safety, Cosmetology, Electrician, and Carpentry

Apply online at:

Leadership for Women - UNF Workshop
Thursday, 02 June 2016 16:17
The Merriam-Webster simple definition of leadership is: the power or ability to lead other people. The full definition of leadership as capacity to lead. Yet according to The State of Women in Florida report produced by the Center for American Progress Action Fund women hold only 38.7 percent of the managerial jobs in Florida, despite making up 52 percent of the state's population.

This four-hour workshop is designed by women and for women, in order to develop the leadership skills of women who aspire to greater success when leading others.

More information at:

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