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WorkNet Pinellas wins $1 million to develop and expand weatherization training center

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The U.S. Department of Energy announced last week that 34 projects in 27 states, including $1 million for WorkNet Pinellas in St. Petersburg,  have been selected to receive $29 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to develop and expand weatherization training centers across the country. These projects will provide green job training for local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services. With this training, skilled workers can help expand the use of energy efficient practices in America’s…

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Deveron Gibbons is still an SOB and here are 10 reasons why he won’t run, much less win, in 2013

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The fallout from St. Petersburg Times reporter Michael Van Sickler’s profile of Jeff Copeland, a prominent political organizer in the African American community, continues even after the article’s first publication. Beginning on Wednesday and through this weekend, several sources close to both Copeland and former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons have told me that Gibbons is bragging that he was a significant off-the-record source to Van Sickler and is the reason why the article was published. While I doubt Gibbons was…

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Deveron Gibbons is still an SOB and here are 10 reasons why he won’t run, much less win, in 2013

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The fallout from St. Petersburg Times reporter Michael Van Sickler’s profile of Jeff Copeland, a prominent political organizer in the African American community, continues even after the article’s first publication. Beginning on Wednesday and through this weekend, several sources close to both Copeland and former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons have told me that Gibbons is bragging that he was a significant off-the-record source to Van Sickler and is the reason why the article was published. While I doubt Gibbons was…

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Neil Brickfield on the Billiris-WorkNet controversy

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An increasingly dangerous place to be is the space between political consultant, err, I mean, Pinellas’ next, first county mayor, err, I mean County Commissioner Neil Brickfield and any opportunity for him to offer a quote to the St. Petersburg Times’ David DeCamp. Check out this whopper from Brickfield on the flap about WorkNet Pinellas and the use of youths in a stimulus-funded program to collect petitions for a County Commission candidate: Brickfield, who sits on the WorkNet board and…

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Beverley Billiris officially kicking off campaign tonight – on same day investigation launched into WorkNet’s petition gathering for her

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Former Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverley Billiris is officially kicking off her campaign tonight from 6pm-9pm at the Riverside Venue at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. This event will take place on the same day the U.S. Department of Labor launched an investigation of WorkNet Pinellas and the use of participants in a stimulus-funded program to collect petitions for a County Commission candidate. As David DeCamp reported last week, students participating in WorkNet’s YouthBuild program collected petitions last Tuesday for…

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Beverley Billiris officially kicking off campaign tonight – on same day investigation launched into WorkNet’s petition gathering for her

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Former Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverley Billiris is officially kicking off her campaign tonight from 6pm-9pm at the Riverside Venue at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. This event will take place on the same day the U.S. Department of Labor launched an investigation of WorkNet Pinellas and the use of participants in a stimulus-funded program to collect petitions for a County Commission candidate. As David DeCamp reported last week, students participating in WorkNet’s YouthBuild program collected petitions last Tuesday for…

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Now that he has their campaign contributions, Deveron Gibbons quits Housing Authority, five other civic boards

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Corporate executive Deveron Gibbons has quit six local boards to focus on his campaign for mayor. Of course he resigned! Now that Deveron is done wringing $500 checks out of his fellow board members, what use are they? Deveron has planned on running for well over a year and knew full well the time commitment it takes to run for public office, and now he decides to resign. This mass resignation stink of fear. Fear that there really is a…

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