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Pinellas mobile app for infrastructure fixes nabs tech award for innovation

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A panel of judges with the Public Technology Institute (PTI) has given Pinellas County’s new “Doing Things for You” mobile app its stamp of approval. The app won PTI’s 2015 Technology Solutions award for innovative municipal and regional issue reporting. The category was “Web Management & E-Government.” Given out yearly, the prize recognizes technological achievements among local governments. Efficient service delivery, cost reduction, and revenue generation where among the award’s dissected criteria. As a company, the Virginia-based nonprofit, PTI, boasts of…

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As Tropical Storm Erika weakens, some in the Tampa Bay area still worried about heavy rain

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Tropical Storm Erika dissipated Saturday, but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully. The 9 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center showed the storm had degenerated into a trough of low pressure by early Saturday after mountains and an unfavorable environment in Hispaniola knocked Erika below tropical storm force. It appeared that it would bypass drought-stricken South Florida entirely. But emergency managers in the Tampa Bay area are still worried about heavy rain. “Our aquifers are…

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Rick Kriseman’s Cuba trip may get cut short thanks to Tropical Storm Erika

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As Tropical Storm Erika barrels toward Cuba, St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and Chief of Staff Kevin King may have to hunker down. The trio of city officials are in Cuba for the weekend for a sort of fact-finding mission for the city. They plan to gather information to ensure St. Pete is in a good position to deal with Cuba as President Barack Obama continues to normalize relations. Kriseman also hopes to attract a Cuban…

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