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Builders and contractors group gets behind Justin Bean’s City Council bid

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Considering that he’s one of the very few registered Republicans running in the St. Petersburg District 6 race, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Justin Bean has received an endorsement from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC). ABC has a successful record of backing many Republicans in local races over the years.

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Associated Builders and Contractors endorse Rick Baker for St. Pete Mayor

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The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is supporting Rick Baker for St. Petersburg Mayor. “Rick Baker understands that administrative red tape hurts small business. He will fix it,” said Jason Spears, Peninsular Mechanical, in a statement Thursday. Established in 1979, the Spears family owns Peninsular Mechanical, a 35-person small business that handles design-build air conditioning projects. “I’m honored to have the support of the Associated Builders and Contractors Gulf Coast Chapter,” said Baker, candidate for Mayor. “I look forward to…

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Trade show for students aims to boost interest in skilled worker careers

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More and more educators, policymakers and politicians are recognizing and trumpeting the idea that not all students are college material. That’s led to an outpouring of support for vocational schools and early training in non-college careers. For kids who fit that mold, the Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter along with Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena are hosting the inaugural Build Tampa Bay trade show and job fair this February 2 at Amalie…

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Associated Builders and Contractors considers legal challenge of St. Pete disadvantaged worker ordinance

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A coalition of building contractors isn’t taking St. Pete City Council’s decision to approve a measure mandating companies completing city projects to reserve at least 10 percent of their man-hours for disadvantaged workers. Steve Cona of the local Associated Builders and Contractors said the group is looking at all possible ways to combat the new ordinance. “We have battled St. Pete for the last four years as they have tried to implement these mandates and now they have,” Cona said during…

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