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Newsweek’s Best Small Bank in Florida
January 5, 2021 - FFB Named Newsweek's Best Small Bank in Florida for 2021 October 22, 2020 by First Federal Bank First Federal Bank was recently named on Newsweek’s America’s Best Banks 2021 list as the Best Small Bank in Florida. This distinction is the result of Newsweek’s assessment of 2,500 FDIC-insured banks, measuring 55 different factors ranging from banking accounts and customer service, to financial reports from the FDIC. “We are honored by this recognition, which emphasizes First Federal’s commitment to being a financially sound, community bank,” says FFB President and CEO John Medina. “Because we are a mutual savings bank, Newsweek acknowledged our ability to be more responsive to local customer needs. This accolade demonstrates that even through challenging times we remain committed to our purpose of providing stability to our customers, employees, and communities.” Recognizing the pandemic has altered the way individuals function on a daily basis, including the way Americans bank, Newsweek compiled a list of the best-in-class banking institutions. Newsweek partnered with Lending Tree to rank 2,500 FDIC-insured financial institutions based on a wide variety of fees, interest rates, account terms and conditions, digital services, customer service features, and bank profile. To read the complete article, go to www.newsweek.com/americas-best-banks-2021/best-small-banks-state First Federal Bank is a community-based mutual savings bank offering consumer and commercial banking solutions, services, and loans through banking offices in Florida’s Panhandle, North Central and East Florida, and coastal South Carolina. Mortgage, SBA and USDA customers are served through lending offices across the Southeast and Midwest. First Federal is headquartered in Lake City, Florida with assets totaling over $3 billiorom BauerFinancial, Inc., of Coral Gables, Fla. for more than two decades.n. First Federal has received a “5-Star, Superior” financial rating f
Starting Point is One of Only 20 Selected for a National Project on Trauma, Racism, and Resilience-Oriented Care
October 14, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laureen Pagel, Ph.D, CEO 904.225.8280 firstname.lastname@example.org Starting Point Is One of Only 20 Selected for A National Project on Trauma, Racism, and Resilience-Oriented Care The Only Provider in Florida Chosen October 14, 2020 , Yulee, FL — Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare (SPBH) is one of only 20 providers nationally - and the only one in Florida - chosen to participate in the Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Equity Call to Action Community of Practice, sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health. This project will provide training to SPBH staff from a national team of experts to help them provide more informed treatment to individuals affected by trauma and/or systemic racism. “Because there are a limited number of slots available for this training, Starting Point faced a very competitive process to become approved,” said CEO Dr. Laureen Pagel. “This recognition reflects the commitment we have to providing care to clients with the latest approaches. We know that trauma can often be intergenerational, and it can also be the result of lifelong systemic racism. Knowing how to identify and treat these issues will help our clients during their therapy. It also educates and informs our own staff, so they can identify these issues in their own lives.” Once the 12-session training is complete, Starting Point’s mental health professionals will have a completed plan to educate staff on the effects of trauma, micro-aggressions, inequity, and systemic racism for the individuals they serve. “This is a 12-month learning collaborative focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Dr. Pagel said. “I am very proud that this has been an effort driven by our own staff. Our Diversity Steering Committee completed this competitive application process and will be the core implementation team. This is a very exciting opportunity for our organization.” “Trauma-informed, resilience-oriented care asks not, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ but, ‘What happened to you?’ and ‘What’s strong with you?’, “ she said. About Starting Point Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 2,800 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 25 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, visit spbh.org. ###
Skinner Bros. Realty Opens New Multi-Tenant Complex in Wildlight
September 30, 2020 - The Nassau County master-planned community continues commercial development and community growth amidst pandemic. Skinner Bros. Realty is expanding in Nassau County with the completion of its second multi-tenant retail complex in Wildlight. The new mixed-use retail and restaurant space will continue to transform the master-planned community’s central Village Center, with new tenants slated to open winter 2021.
Yulee Kindercare Opens In Wildlight
August 2, 2020 - Yulee KinderCare has opened a 10,000-square-foot early childhood education and care facility in Wildlight. The nationally recognized learning center will serve more than 140 children, ages six weeks to 12 years old, and offer high-quality programs in safe, nurturing environments where kids can learn, grow and build confidence for life.
New Homebuilders Selected for the Forest Park Neighborhood In Wildlight
June 25, 2020 - Raydient Places + Properties announced today that Mattamy Homes and Riverside Homes have been selected as the newest homebuilders in Wildlight. Together, the nationally recognized companies will bring single-family homes to Forest Park, a new neighborhood being developed in the Nassau County master-planned community. “We have partnered with Riverside Homes and Mattamy Homes because of their exceptional commitment to their customers,” said Chris Corr, president of Raydient Places + Properties. “As respected industry leaders, they have a reputation for architectural excellence and understand our Florida Lowcountry philosophy for the Forest Park collection of homes.”
Skinner Bros. Realty Announces Continued Expansion At Wildlight With New Multi-Tenant Complex Development
February 3, 2020 - Skinner Bros. Realty is continuing expansion at Wildlight with a new multi-tenant retail complex that will bring additional retail, restaurant and specialty service offerings to the area’s Village Center. This is the third overall building development and second multi-tenant retail complex in Wildlight by the Jacksonville-based real estate developers. The building is slated for completion in August 2020 and will continue to advance the community’s growth and progression.
Meridian Waste Helps to Keep Callahan Beautiful
November 19, 2019 - Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, cleared four tons of waste from the Town of Callahan on the first annual Community Cleanup Day.
Aspen Institute Names Florida State College at Jacksonville as a Top 150 U.S. Community College Eligible for 2021 Aspen Prize
November 8, 2019 - $1 Million Prize Recognizes Excellence in Equitable Outcomes for Students in and After College. WASHINGTON, D.C., — The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program recently named Florida State College at Jacksonville as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Based on strong and improving in student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.
More than 170 students attend Forestry Career Day at the Northeast Florida Fairgrounds
October 2, 2019 - More than 170 high school juniors and seniors flew drones, operated heavy equipment, learned about forestry and met local employers and college reps one-on-one at the first-ever Forestry Career Day Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Northeast Florida Fairgrounds.
It’s Never Too Young To Learn About Being Clean & Green - Meridian Waste Participates in Step By Step Learning Center’s Career Day
September 27, 2019 - Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, partnered with Step By Step Learning Center in Fernandina Beach today for the schools’ annual Career Day aimed at educating children about multiple career paths and employment opportunities for students when they grow up.