C.C. Biggs Productions hosted their Third Annual Cookout Celebration on Saturday May 23rd at their home on East Leonard St. on Pensacola’s eastside. C.C. and his wife Joann attracted visitors from around the Gulf Coast region to participate in a social and business networking event and to celebrate their wedding anniversary. The visitor’s list included the president of the Black Bikers Association of Louisiana, the founders of the Mobile-based Gulf Coast Community Cultural Network, Jeff Singleton, formerly of the Commodores, from Montgomery, Alabama, and numerous guests from New Orleans, Moss Point, Atlanta, and Jacksonville.
The production company’s cookout came on the heels of Escambia County’s Visit Pensacola Destination 2020 Tourism Strategic Plan presented at the downtown Rex Theater on May 7th. Biggs stated that he was well aware of the tourism plan and that he felt it provided the local and regional African-American community the opportunity to benefit from the Visit Pensacola tourism development strategy. Emphasizing his point, he mentioned that his company is assisting Carletta and Greg Davis, the founders of the Gulf Coast Community Cultural Network, in a three-day Gulf Coast June Fest-Juneteenth Celebration at the Pensacola Fairgrounds on Friday, June 19th through Sunday June 21st.
The impact of tourism is a very strong and vital part of Pensacola and Escambia County’s growth. Escambia County’s growth has surpassed neighboring counties with double digit growth percentages to their single digit growth. The Pensacola Voice recently reported that $700 million in total direct visitor spending in 2014 generated 20,000 jobs in the local economy. Biggs, in fact, invited Robin Reshard, Visit Pensacola’s Board of Directors’ Chair and her husband Lloyd Reshard to enjoy the cookout. “I understand the impact of tourism. My production company draws people who want to enjoy our music performances and celebrations from Northwest Florida, South Alabama, Mississippi, and the New Orleans area.” stated Biggs.
In addition to the cookout’s Disc Jockey “Storm”, and entertainment host, “Starchild”, the production company provided live entertainment for its guests with Jeff Singleton, formerly of the Commodores, and Lady Ebony, a Pensacola up and coming performer. Biggs commented that he has a strong belief that Lady Ebony will have an outstanding career. Biggs gave credit to his business team members for the success of the event. “This cookout would not have been possible without the support and assistance of my team including Tippy, Kango, Arthur and Tina Freeman.