The Studer Community Institute is focused on improving our community’s quality of life. Our goal is to help people understand the issues we need to address to move Escambia and Santa Rosa counties forward.
The cornerstone of the Institute’s work is the Pensacola Metro Dashboard. These 16 metrics, developed with the University of West Florida, provide a snapshot of the educational, economic and social well-being of the community. The dashboard allows people to compare our community’s performance to other similarly sized communities in measures ranging from high-school graduation rates to household incomes.
Research indicates two areas that are key to an area’s quality of life are jobs and education. The Institute’s research shows improving these two areas are crucial to improving the quality of life for all the citizens of the Pensacola metro area.
In education, the Institute is focused on efforts to create “America’s First Early Learning City” and boost kindergarten readiness. An Early Learning City is a place that enlists the whole community in building a culture of lifelong learning, including in its public spaces. It is a community that supports early brain development, parent engagement and school readiness for all of our children, especially those ages birth to 5.
In job creation and development, the Institute provides leadership development training and sponsors workshops geared to help businesses and not-for-profits strengthen their organizations. Outreach programs include a lecture series, symposiums and town hall meetings.
Our trainings offer important skill-building opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. With more skills, business owners and employees in turn create better-run organizations that are better positioned to thrive, create more jobs and support a stronger community.
The Institute’s website provides information and tools to help people become more thoughtful, productive and engaged citizens. Our staff employs journalistic and multimedia strategies to create reports and research that focus people’s attention on the region’s key economic and social issues.