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Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Stookey
Northwest Region Communications Director
(850) 509-2675
DCF TO HOLD RIBBON CUTTING,
RECOGNIZE PARTNERS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY

PANAMA CITY, FLA. – On Thursday, April 5, the Department of Children and Families will be joined by Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki, the Bay County Sheriff's Office, the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, and numerous businesses and agency partners to officially celebrate the Grand Opening of their Bay County Service Center.

The Ribbon Cutting will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. CST at the DCF Bay County Service Center at 2505 West 15th Street in Panama City. Recognition of partners and volunteers will immediately follow.

During the event, DCF will formally recognize Chipola College and Chipola Appreciation Club, the Junior Service League of Panama City and Ms. Cari Henry as "Partners for Promise" for their efforts to improve the lives of area children and seniors.

In conjunction with National Volunteer Month, DCF will also recognize volunteers who generously give their own time to work hand-in-hand with our staff in fulfillment of the Department's mission to protect the vulnerable and help families achieve self-sufficiency.

The Service Center - which houses DCF's ACCESS Florida program, adult protective services, child care licensing, substance abuse and mental health, and regional and circuit administration - opened for business January 30. The move was part of a statewide effort in reducing the amount of leased building space to save taxpayer dollars by increasing teleworking and community partnerships. DCF will save more than $1 million this year by training employees to telecommute and reducing building space.

With all of the finishing touches recently coming into place, Thursday's Ribbon Cutting and recognition of "Partners for Promise" and DCF volunteers will officially mark the Center's Grand Opening.

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