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New group aims to restore Williams Park to its historic vibrance

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Buses in Williams Park are gone. Sunday was the first day buses stopped at a variety of places in downtown St. Pete instead of all picking up and dropping off passengers at Williams Park. With the old bus shelters no longer surrounding the park, forming a barrier, St. Pete officials hope the park can finally be a gathering ground for families and festivities that so many other downtown parks are. A brand new group called the Williams Park Partnership is…

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St. Pete Store pumps $4,000 into arts community in its first month

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Results are in and the newly opened St. Pete Store exceeded opening-month expectation. The Chamber of Commerce-run store featuring locally produced trinkets brought in more than $6,600 in its first 30-days. That means $4,000 went back into the hands of local artists. The store shares 60 percent of its proceeds with artists who stock the store using just 40 percent for its operating costs. The store was created as a brick-and-mortar, one-stop shop where tourists could nab some souvenirs while…

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Florida Chamber Foundation hosts military and state leaders at Orlando summit

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Members of Florida’s military, defense and veterans industries met at a Florida Chamber of Commerce summit to boost support for military-related industries. Attorney General Pam Bondi was expected to present at the Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit. “Florida is home to more than 1.5 million veterans that have courageously risked their lives to protect our freedom. As a state that welcomes veterans with open arms, it is our privilege and responsibility to ensure our nation’s heroes are protected from…

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Florida Chamber poll shows wide support for cable and cell phone tax cut

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A new poll shows Floridians want a tax cut that would save them money on their cell phone and cable bills. Earlier this year Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced a plan to cut $470 million in taxes on those services. The cut would save the average Florida family who spends $100 a month on cable and cell service about $43 a year. A Chamber of Commerce poll released Monday shows 70 percent of those polled support the tax while only…

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St. Pete Entrepreneurial Academy churns out latest batch of 15 grads

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More than two dozen local aspiring entrepreneurs graduated from a 10-week program sponsored by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Pete Greenhouse. “We’re proud of our Entrepreneurial Academy graduates,” said Sean Kennedy, Greenhouse manager. “The rigorous curriculum is a challenge, but they come out of the program with a wealth of knowledge, resources, and connections to help them succeed.” The program is taught by legal professionals and experts in accounting and marketing in order to help…

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A postcard from Tallahassee Tiger Bay

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Skip Foster, the new publisher at the Tallahassee Democrat, was greeted as a liberator in his maiden speech to the Capital Tiger Bay Club. The gray-haired eminences who make up the Club’s membership know the difference between a good newspaper and a Chamber of Commerce rag. They’re embarrassed that the Times – New York and Tampa Bay — regularly come to town to break stories that were there, sometimes for years, for the Democrat’s taking. Mike Pate, the last publisher…

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