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St. Petersburg launches “Baseball Forever” website

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St. Petersburg in coordination with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce launched its “baseball forever” website this week. The website contains little information into the details of the collaboration, but is a swank first step in creating a robust coalition of stakeholders to make the case for baseball in St. Pete. Mayor Rick Kriseman announced the initiative during his State of the City Address last month. “I will soon be announcing the formation of a Baseball Forever Campaign to…

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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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St. Pete Chamber of Commerce adds education to its 2016 legislative priorities

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The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is backing the usual suspects this Legislative Session, but this year, the pro-business group is adding a new priority to its list: education. Following the high-profile “Failure Factories” investigation by the Tampa Bay Times, the chamber decided to get on board with some potential fixes. The exposé uncovered five chronically failing elementary schools in Pinellas County, all in South St. Pete. Much has been debated about improving the educational outcomes for students attending…

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Leadership St. Pete announces local executives for Class of 2016

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Leadership St. Pete, one of the nation’s oldest leadership programs, announced three dozen local executives that will become its Class of 2016. The six-month program, a division of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed to promote community leadership with an in-depth overview of the social, economic, business and political issues facing the St. Petersburg area. The goal of LSP is to identify, recruit and develop leaders representing the diversity of the city and will be looked upon…

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St. Petersburg Council gets flooded with supporters for later ‘last call’

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If the City Council doesn’t vote today to extend closing times of bars until 3 a.m., it won’t be for a lack of trying on the part of late-night bars and their denizens. Council members were flooded Wednesday with shows of support for making St. Petersburg a last-stop destination in a nightlife world that’s eclipsed now by Tampa’s later burning neon lights. The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to council members that endorsed the longer drinking…

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Green Thumb festival set for April 24 & 25

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The Green Thumb Festival, St. Petersburg’s annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration, returns to Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Avenue N., on April 24 and 25. In its 24th year, the free family festival features horticultural and environmental exhibits, programs and seminars highlighting ways to landscape effectively, conserve natural resources, recycle, and improve the environment. Featuring more than 150 exhibitors and vendors, the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the 133-acre park in west…

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Green Thumb festival set for April 24 & 25

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The Green Thumb Festival, St. Petersburg’s annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration, returns to Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Avenue N., on April 24 and 25. In its 24th year, the free family festival features horticultural and environmental exhibits, programs and seminars highlighting ways to landscape effectively, conserve natural resources, recycle, and improve the environment. Featuring more than 150 exhibitors and vendors, the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the 133-acre park in west…

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