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Automation marketing startup choosing downtown St. Pete as second home

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A Pennsylvania-based startup is making St. Petersburg its second home, bringing 20 jobs. MXTR Automation, a digital marketing and marketing automation firm, is choosing downtown St. Petersburg for a new location, to open in the next 18 months. Currently, the company is leasing space in St. Pete’s Tec Garage innovation center on Second Avenue North. MXTR develops software programs to automate marketing for franchises and other businesses. According to MXTR Co-Founder and President Mickey Locey, St. Pete’s robust workforce will…

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St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation names David Punzak as vice chair

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David Punzak has been named vice chair of the St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors. Punzak is a shareholder with the national Carlton Fields law firm, based out of its Tampa location. He will become chairman in 2018 following his term as vice chair. “David brings a great depth and breadth of experience and leadership to the organization, and we look forward to his impact over the coming years,” said EDC chairman Michael Vivio. Punzak brings…

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Marco Rubio declares support for NASA plan, calls on presidential nominees to do same

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Saying NASA needs long-range political assurances, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio declared broad backing for the space agency’s agenda Friday and called on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to do the same. Rubio met Friday with space industry representatives and others in a round-table discussion organized by the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and Space Florida, the state’s space industry development corporation. They heard from him what they wanted: that Florida’s junior senator, seeking re-election, is behind NASA’s most ambitious…

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Rick Homans to take over at Tampa Bay Partnership

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Rick Homans has been named the next president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, beginning November 9. Homans has been serving as CEO and president of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. since January of 2012. Prior to that, he served as Cabinet secretary of the economic development department and taxation and revenue department for the state of New Mexico. “I am confident that Rick is the right person for the job as his extensive experience closely aligns with the strategic direction…

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