Northwest Florida Roundup
Pensacola Startup Provides an Online Home for Vets
VetCV aims to be a must-have for veterans.
VetCV aims to be a must-have for veterans. VetCV, a startup launched by Niels K. Andersen in Pensacola, has developed a web application that allows veterans, their families and caregivers to store and share important documents like medical histories and other personal data. The site helps them search for jobs and job training and connect with vet-oriented resources. It also provides a place for veterans to tell their life stories.
The VetCV app can suggest therapies for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The site’s job-related area uses artificial intelligence to suggest career paths for users.
The app is free. Users are required to create a personal online account to access it, says Andersen.
VetCV charges companies $25 for job postings. “Less than a month after its launch, VetCV has generated more than 150,000 job postings,” says Andersen, the firm’s CEO.
A former physician-recruiting executive at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Andersen also founded Kontactintelligence, which provides recruitment and retention tools for the health care industry and allows tracking and reporting activities on productivity, expenses and the status of job candidates.
BUSINESS Briefs for Northwest Florida
FORT WALTON BEACH — A 47-unit, $40-million condominium is being built on one of Okaloosa Island’s few remaining undeveloped Gulf-front parcels. Fort Walton Beach-headquartered ResortQuest Real Estate broke ground early this year on blu, a gated development with 300 feet of beachfront. The project is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2019.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY — A development that includes commercial buildings and a 733-unit apartment complex near the Navy Federal Credit Union campus in the Beulah community is nearing approval by the county. The project, developed by Atlanta-based Dawson Co., includes 80,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and seven mid-rise apartment buildings. Dan Brown, superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore, says ferry service between downtown Pensacola and Pensacola Beach will start this month. Cost of an all-day ticket for adults will be $20, Brown says.
PENSACOLA — Great Southern Restaurant Group, which includes Jackson’s and the Fish House, is adding Italian-themed Angelena’s to its Pensacola portfolio. Angelena’s, which is expected to open later this summer, will be led by executive chef James Briscione, a two-time champion of the Food Network’s reality-based competition “Chopped.”
TALLAHASSEE — American Airlines has launched non-stop, daily flight service from Tallahassee International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. The Travel Channel has named Tallahassee-Leon County as one of “10 Great Small Towns for Big Vacations” in 2018. The article cited Bradfordville Blues Club — Florida’s only site on the National Blues Trail — the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and the area’s five rivers.
WALTON COUNTY — Walton County commissioners have given preliminary approval to a Hilton Garden Inn on Scenic Gulf Drive in the Miramar community.
Pensacola-based Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems, or IRIS, has named Chris Belmont CEO. Belmont is the former senior vice president and chief information officer of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Belmont also previously served as chief information officer and senior vice president of Ochsner Health System in Louisiana.
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