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St. Pete hires former senior administrator as Baseball Forever coordinator

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In what was really just an excuse to hand out free T-shirts, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman launched the city’s Baseball Forever campaign Saturday evening at Ferg’s Sports Bar. The campaign is the city’s official effort to build a case for keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. According to St. Pete chief of staff Kevin King, the city hired Rick Mussett, the city’s retired senior administrator who was St. Pete’s main contact with the Rays and played an…

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Toast of the Bay/Dump into the Bay: St. Pete Chamber and Bike Share

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Toast to the Bay: St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce The St. Pete Chamber this week celebrated a fruitful 2015 at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Pete among more than 1,000 members. The backdrop was a theater thriving in a booming downtown. All things that make the Chamber and its president, Chris Steinocher, very, very happy. The group welcomed 333 new members in 2015, a record-breaking year for them. Steinocher participated in 42 ribbon cuttings representing 42 new businesses…

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St. Pete Chamber of Commerce celebrates 2015 as year of successes, looks to 2016

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The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a productive 2015 during its annual meeting Thursday night at Mahaffey Theater. Batons were passed. Backs were patted. New ideas were shared. The meeting hosted more than 1,000 Chamber members in an ornate format. The stage was set with LED illuminated podiums and laser light blocks on each side with a giant screen zoomed in on 2015 Chamber Chairman Bill Ulbricht as he handed the gavel over to his successor, Greg Holden. “In…

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Email insights: Chamber continues long commitment to baseball in St. Pete

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St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher was one of a handful of residents to speak in favor of the latest deal to let the Tampa Bay Rays look for alternative stadium sites outside of the city before council approved the agreement five to three. After the high-profile vote, Steinocher, along with current Chamber Chairman Bill Ulbricht and Chairman-elect Greg Holden, emailed members praising the latest action in the years-long debate. “Our Chamber of Commerce was at the forefront…

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Central Avenue BRT will serve as St. Pete’s premium transit

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Downtown St. Petersburg will be connected to Pinellas County  beaches via First Avenues North and South with a Bus Rapid Transit line using a $500,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, according to the state agency. During a sunny news conference in front of one of Central Avenue’s many wall murals, FDOT Secretary Paul Steinman called the Central Avenue BRT route “premium transit” necessary to create a “fully integrated transportation system.” The new route piggybacks on the existing Central…

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New St. Pete Store open for business in downtown

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The newly renovated Visitors Center complete with a brand new St. Pete Store are now open for business in downtown St. Pete. The Center and Store directly across the street from Sundial offers St. Pete-centric gifts and trinkets created by local artists and vendors. “The St. Pete Store houses some of the cool products that are made in the shade here in St. Pete,” said St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher. “We are excited to partner with the…

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St. Pete looks to create public-private economic development corporation

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St. Pete could soon be more aggressively chasing down employers to expand or open up shop in Mayor Rick Kriseman’s beloved Sunshine City. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the city is looking to capitalize on its downtown boom to attract quality businesses providing jobs in the marine science and healthcare fields. To do that, city officials are looking into launching an economic development corporation similar to that in Hillsborough County that would be a public-private partnership. Currently the city’s…

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