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Rays get “Baseball Forever” pitch from Rick Kriseman

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and local Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher pitched a deal to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday that would have a new stadium built at the existing Tropicana Field site. The 43-page “Baseball Forever” pitch includes letters of support from 15 major employers in Pinellas County, all of which said they were devoted to keeping the pro baseball team in St. Petersburg. Among the corporate supporters were BayCare Medical Group, Bayfront Health, Ceridian, Duke Energy,…

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At Holocaust Museum in St. Pete, citizens gather to discuss ways to combat hate and fear of the ‘other’

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Last month, an intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at a Tampa-area mosque, the second such fire at a Florida mosque in the past six months. Earlier this month, Joseph Schreiber was sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting fire to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce on Sept. 11. It was the same mosque that Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen attended occasionally. Mateen shot and killed 49 people last summer at the Pulse nightclub in what was the largest…

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St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce names first president of the Economic Development Corp.

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The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce announced today the hiring of J.P. DuBuque as the first president of the new St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp. “We set out this year to formalize our efforts in economic development and I’m pleased to announce today our excitement for achieving this very important milestone,” said Greg Holden, chairman of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He added, “Our Chamber’s mission is economic growth and community vitality for St. Petersburg, and…

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Good ‘Burger awards postponed because of TD 9

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has postponed the Good ‘Burger awards for a week because of the threat posed by Tropical Depression 9. Chris Steinocher, president and CEO of the chamber, sent out this statement Tuesday: “Our Good ‘Burger Awards event is a fun celebration of our community, and due to the current predictions for Tropical Depression 9, we will be moving the date from Thursday, Sept. 1 to a rain date of Thursday, Sept. 8 to ensure your…

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St. Pete, Chamber prepare to launch Economic Development Corp.

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce recently sent out a mid-year report to members. Like most mid-year reports, it highlighted many of the Chamber’s accomplishments so far this year – 241 new members, receipt of a $314,187 Healthy St. Pete grant, and the inaugural Tropic Ocean Airways flight, among others. But it also included a look ahead by Greg Holden, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Governors. Among the big plans for the remainder of 2016 – the launch of…

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St. Pete Chamber gets grant to advance entrepreneurial growth

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The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s focus on entrepreneurs and small business startups received a boost Thursday with the news that the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg has approved a grant of $314,187 for the Chamber’s Greenhouse Community Business Development Initiative. The initiative will award small business startup stipends, provide continuing technical training, and mentorship to provide the citizens of South St. Petersburg, particularly in the community redevelopment area, resources to start and grow businesses. The Chamber will be partnering…

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