VISIT FLORIDA UNVEILS NEW COOPERATIVE MARKETING PROGRAM
Includes the most robust and affordable opportunities in VISIT FLORIDA's history
TALLAHASSEE, FL-Last week, VISIT FLORIDA unveiled its new and improved cooperative marketing program to over 12,000 small, medium and large industry partners across the state. The new cooperative program, developed in conjunction with Miles Partnership, allows industry partners of VISIT FLORIDA to buy into a number of shared marketing opportunities that VISIT FLORIDA takes a lead role in to extend their marketing dollars. The program features over 200 opportunities and over 80 small business programs.
Ken Lawson, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, said "With our new cooperative marketing program, we've created some of the most dynamic and affordable programs in VISIT FLORIDA's history for our partners. Our new offerings allow all of our small, medium and large partners across the state to buy into unique opportunities that fit their needs and maximize their budgets. I'd like to thank Miles Partnership for their collaboration on this effort. I look forward to working with our 12,000 industry partners to cooperatively market Florida and continue to set visitation records to the Sunshine State."
The late May release of the new cooperative marketing program marks the earliest availability of these programs in VISIT FLORIDA's history. This allows our partners to choose cooperative opportunities as they plan for the upcoming fiscal year. In creating this new program, VISIT FLORIDA and Miles Partnership relied heavily on the collaboration, input and feedback from industry partners at Leadership Summit this past December. The program is also the most affordable in VISIT FLORIDA's history, with opportunities starting as low as $500.
Ursula Boll, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships of Miles Partnership, said "Our team at Miles Partnership is proud to work with VISIT FLORIDA and its partners on this new cooperative marketing program. It's an exciting opportunity for us to help VISIT FLORIDA increase tourism and build our state economy - and as a founding partner of VISIT FLORIDA, and a home-grown Florida tourism business, we know how vital successful tourism marketing is to our state."
The new cooperative program includes marketing opportunities in five categories: Non-traditional, such as a Google Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) content optimization program; North America, which includes tried and true sanctioned print and digital programs in publications such as AAA, Wall Street Journal, and Golf Digest; International, which includes new Brand USA program packages; Regional, which focuses on brand development of regional parts of the state to build successful media plans; and Small Business, such as a video content production program to allow businesses to tell their own unique stories.
Nelson Mongiovi, Chief Marketing Officer of VISIT FLORIDA, said "With the help of Miles Partnership and our partners, our marketing team has developed some of the most creative, affordable and timely cooperative marketing opportunities in VISIT FLORIDA's history. The opportunities include some of the best programs of the past, such as our sanctioned print and digital placements, with some innovative new opportunities, such as our non-traditional co-op. I'm proud of the program we've created, and we look forward to working together with our partners to market Florida better than ever before."
To view the new cooperative marketing program, click HERE.
About Miles Partnership
Miles Partnership is a strategic marketing company focused exclusively on travel and tourism. Miles Partnership works with more than 90 destinations and hospitality businesses worldwide to create forward-thinking print and digital content marketing solutions.
SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCES ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. June 12, 2018 --- Superintendent Addison Davis announced several administration changes within Clay County Schools ahead of the 2018-2019 school year. The following individuals accepted the positions after comprehensive interviews with district and school leaders.
Supervisor of Instructional Personnel
Mrs. Jennifer Roach has been selected as the new Supervisor of Instructional Personnel. Mrs. Roach has been with Clay County District Schools for 15 years, serving as a Teacher at Clay Hill Elementary and Swimming Pen Creek Elementary, Reading Coach at Bannerman Learning Center, Assistant Principal of RideOut Elementary, Vice Principal of Lakeside Junior High, Coordinator of Information Services, and Principal of Plantation Oaks Elementary. Mrs. Roach's experience and skillset will be a welcomed addition to the Human Resources Division.
Principal of Grove Park Elementary School
Mrs. Stephanie Jackson has been named the new Principal of Grove Park Elementary School. Stephanie Jackson began her educational career 13 years ago as an eighth grade teacher in Duval County. Mrs. Jackson spent three years teaching before accepting her first instructional coaching position. She served as an Instructional Coach at Andrew Jackson High School for one year before becoming a Regional Reading Coordinator for Florida’s Office of Differentiated Accountability, serving lower performing middle and high schools in Duval County. Mrs. Jackson has been an assistant principal at both the middle and elementary school levels. She has served as a principal at the elementary level for the past four years. Mrs. Jackson has two sons and a husband who also serves in the field of education.
Principal of Orange Park Junior High School
Mr. Justin Faulkner has been selected as the new Principal of Orange Park Junior High School. Mr. Faulkner is in his 12th year with the Clay County School District and currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Orange Park High School. He received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University in 2014 and has served as an assistant principal at the secondary level since. As a classroom teacher prior, he led the district in Advanced Placement English passing rates and represented Clay High School as Teacher of the Year. With his strong background and passion in English Language Arts, Mr. Faulkner worked alongside the English and Reading departments at Orange Park High School in an effort to raise literacy achievement across grade levels, and was selected as Clay County's Assistant Principal of the Year for 2018. Whether he is mentoring new teachers, transforming the practice of veteran teachers or simply providing ideas in curriculum and instruction, he works endlessly to ensure that each student achieves his or her full potential. Through the facilitation of professional development, classroom observations, and the provision of teacher feedback, Mr. Faulkner strives to impact instruction, so that it is rooted in academic rigor that leads to a successful future for all students.
Principal of Plantation Oaks Elementary
Mrs. Chastity Lee, once board approved on June 28th, will be recommended to lead the work as the Principal of Plantation Oaks Elementary. Chastity Lee joined Clay County in the 4th grade as a student at Doctor's Inlet Elementary. She graduated from Middleburg High School in 1992 and went on to pursue her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at the University of North Florida. Mrs. Lee has 16 years of teaching experience in Clay County and in 2011, she graduated from the University of North Florida with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Lee has worked as an Assistant Principal at Shadowlawn Elementary for the last three years and has recently completed the Emerging Leaders Program.
BROADWAY ORANGE PARK ANNOUNCED AT THRASHER-HORNE CENTER
Season Includes Two Northeast Florida Debuts
Orange Park, FL – Thrasher-Horne Center is proud to announce the next season of Broadway Orange Park sponsored by Garber Automall. This season includes four national tours filled with laughter, tears, and stories to warm your heart: Something Rotten! (Jan. 6), Legally Blonde (Mar. 5), The Sound of Music (Mar. 16), and Finding Neverland (Mar. 26).
Something Rotten! makes its Northeast Florida debut on Sunday, January 6 at 6 PM. Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!
Legally Blonde – the Musical takes the stage on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 PM. Follow the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Proving that you can be “legally blonde” and STILL the smartest person in the room. This contemporary, sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances. Legally Blonde - The Musical warms the heart by proving that self-discovery can be way too much fun and hilarious to boot.
The hills are alive with The Sound of Music as the national tour stops at Thrasher-Horne Center on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM. The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
Also making its Northeast Florida debut is Finding Neverland on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 PM. This musical tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.
Subscriptions are available now for the upcoming season of Broadway Orange Park. Starting at only $149, subscribers can pick between three or four shows with the SWAP or DROP program and save up to $72 per subscription! Payment plans are also available. More information is available at THcenter.org or by calling the Box Office at (904) 276-6815 ext. 1.
Discounted tickets for groups of 12 or more will be available for reservation starting July 30. Individual show tickets will be available starting this fall.
The Thrasher-Horne Center is a 1,750 seat performing arts venue and 6,200 square foot conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College. It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.
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Citizen Input Needed for Transportation Improvement Program
The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization has updated its annual Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and is seeking citizen input in its four-county region. Those interested in offering comments may do so on the TPO web site at www.northfloridatpo.com. The deadline to respond on line is June 8.
The TIP is a staged multi-year program of transportation project improvements to be implemented during the next five-year period in the North Florida TPO area. In addition, the TIP identifies all regionally significant transportation projects requiring Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and/or Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approval. The TIP also includes a listing of projects that are financed with non-federal dollars which assists local governments within the TPO area with their transportation planning efforts. Projects listed in the TIP include recommended improvements consistent with the approved Long Range Transportation Plan, and the adopted comprehensive plans of member local governments within the TPO area. The TIP is adopted following input from the TPO committees, presentations to every City and County Commission, and at the formal public meeting and is then an interactive tool on www.northfloridatpo.com.
The North Florida TPO is the independent regional transportation planning agency for Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties. The agency leads our region's efforts in planning, funding and mobilizing resources to develop and maintain our transportation system. Plans and programs include the regional Long Range Transportation Plan; five-year Transportation Improvement Program; annual traffic count and mobility reports; coalitions for the Smart Region Master Plan and Clean Fuels; freight mobility; Cool to Pool rideshare commuter services; and public private partnerships. The TPO is governed by a 15-member board of elected officials and transportation agency representatives. Learn more at www.northfloridatpo.com.
Mercy Support Services Adds Two Members To Board of Directors
Mercy Support Services has added two local business leaders to its Board of Directors. Nancy Ulrich-Suddath, President of Ulrich Research Services, and Bob Olson, Director of the Thrasher-Horne Center Conference Center, were elected to the Mercy Board for three-year terms beginning in 2018.
During Olson’s tenure at the Thrasher-Horne Center, there has been an increase from 40 events per year to more than 250 events today. Sales have increased by more than 145% under his leadership, and he has been responsible for building and nurturing important community partnerships. Olson also has served as the Chair of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce since October 2017 and has been a member of the Chamber Board since 2014. He also has many years of service in the community as part of the Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, the Clay County Tourist Development Council, and Youth Soccer.
Olson retired as a Commander of the US Coast Guard in December 2007 following a distinguished 31-year military career. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Clay County and have three daughters.
A 40-year veteran in marketing research, Ulrich is the founder of Ulrich Research in Orange Park, which she opened in 1981. Together with partner Jim Flagg, she opened Concepts in Focus, a specialized focus group facility for conducting consumer and business research. To date, they have conducted more than 5,000 studies to detect hidden attitudes and opinions on products and services. Clients include companies of all sizes, from small entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100s.
Ulrich-Suddath has years of expertise in qualitative research. She has conducted thousands of focus groups and research sessions in many industries, especially non-profits and healthcare. Under her leadership, Ulrich Research has been honored for its commitment to the Clay County community, including recognition by the Economic Development Council, Girl Scouts Gateway Council Woman of Distinction Award, Woman Business Owner of the Year from the Women Business Owners of North Florida, and Business Person of the Year for the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.
She is an avid volunteer, serving as the past President of Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise and on the boards of the American Cancer Society, Gateway Girl Scout Council and as District Chair for Boy Scouts in Black Creek. She is a founding member of the local chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Ulrich-Suddath has two adult children and three grandchildren. She and her husband, George Suddath, live in Clay County.
Mercy Support Services is a non-profit agency that assists families experiencing financial difficulties and helping them to achieve self-sufficiency. Mercy coordinates with many other non-profit agencies in the region to assist those in need and reduce duplication of services. Through its call center, Mercy assigns each family a Care Coach to guide them through the process and help them achieve self-sufficiency. Visit the website at www.mercysupportservices.org.
Clay County Memorial Day Weekend Events
26 – U-Pick Sunflower Field – Amazing Grace Crop Maze, 2899 Wisteria Farm Rd., Green Cove Springs, 9:00 a.m. - Noon - Bring your family out to the farm to pick sunflowers $1 per flower. Concessions will NOT be available. Due to the construction on the farm, none of the farm attractions will be available. Guests will only be able to pick sunflowers. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Flowers are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Check social media for crop updates. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, your camera, and wear closed-toed shoes. Please bring your own cutting utensils to cut your flowers. For information about private photography sessions, please email email@example.com.
26 - 27 – Open Track Day – The FIRM, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Our “Open Track Day” events, are a great way to experience high speeds, esses, hair pin turns, and the thrill of being on track; unencumbered by traffic. We run cars in groups of 6, on our 1.5 mile track, so you get a lot of seat time, and a lot of room to improve your driving skills.
27 - Concert on the Green - St. Johns Country Day School – Bring your lawn chair or blanket so you can soak in the beauty of an outdoor concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra followed by fireworks.
28 – Memorial Day Service at Magnolia Cemetery – Magnolia Cemetery, Orange Park, 9:00 a.m.
28 – Memorial Day Ceremony – Camp Blanding, 9:00 a.m. – Hosted by Post Commander Colonel Matt Johnson, with Keynote Speaker Dr. George Cressman, President of the Camp Blanding Museum & Historical Associates. Join them in honoring those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.
28 – Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony – Clay County Historical Triangle TAPS Monument near the Old Clay County Courthouse, 915 Walnut Street, 10:00 a.m. – The Monument is dedicated to the 66 fallen Clay County service members.
28 – Russell Haven of Rest Memorial Day Ceremony – Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, 2335 Sandridge Rd., Green Cove Springs, 10:00 a.m. – In addition to patriotic speeches and music, there is a display of restored military vehicles and other military memorabilia. Each year we have a dynamic speaker. Should weather be an issue, we will meet at the same time and date in the Russell Baptist Church, 2299 Sandridge Rd.
28 - Memorial Day RiverFest – Spring Park, Green Cove Springs, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Everyone is invited to the 30th Annual Memorial Day RiverFest in Spring Park to enjoy the wide range of events including the Opening Ceremonies honoring local veterans. You’ll also delight in the food, arts and crafts booths and live entertainment. The day concludes with an amazing fireworks display.
THE NAKED MAGICIANS
Good magicians don’t need sleeves
and great magicians don’t need pants.
Seen on London’s West End, in 200+ cities around the world, and by over 50 million on TV (NBC, ABC, FOX, iTV) the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show The Naked Magicians is coming to Thrasher-Horne Center on Saturday, October 13 at 8 PM.
The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians, Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full-frontal illusions. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it”.
The Naked Magicians are for ages 18 and over only. The show includes coarse language, sexual references and male nudity... get ready to have some fun!
Tickets for The Naked Magicians are currently on Thrasher-Horne Center Member pre-sale. They will be available to the public starting Monday, May 21. Prices range from $29 to $69 with all fees included. Meet and greet tickets are also available. Tickets and more information are available at (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.
Come & See the Newly Remodeled, Debt-Free WAY Radio facilities YOU made possible!
It’s WAY Radio’s 58th Birthday Celebration & Open House
Sunday, May 27th
Drop in between 2pm & 5pm
2500 Russell Rd, Green Cove Springs
Birthday Cake-Coffee-Tours of WAY Radio-Giveaways-Hear About our Exciting Ministry Expansion
RSVP or call 904.272.1111 for more info