Survey: Laid off workers in Tampa-St. Petersburg say they have less than 3 weeks support

Workers in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area who have been furloughed or laid off say they are only able to support themselves or their households for 19 days.

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Pinellas County schools online attendance hits 97 percent

In the first week of online learning for Pinellas County Schools, only 3 percent of students did not show up for classes.

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Clearwater insurtech ramps up hiring

At a time when unemployment is soaring, Ensurem, a Clearwater insurance brokerage, is hiring.

The insurtech has 145 total employees, including 88 agents. It plans to have 150 agents by October, said Dave Rich, founder and CEO.

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How churches are responding to Covid-19, with Meiko Seymour

On this episode of Chamber Coronavirus Impact Insights, Meiko Seymour, lead pastor of Pinellas Community Church joins Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber and Joe Hamilton, publisher of the St. Pete Catalyst to talk about how churches are pivoting to deal with coronavirus mitigation while still providing the services parishioners and community members need.

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Skyway disaster documentary available for steaming

Saturday, May 9 will mark 40 years to the day that the Sunshine Skyway Bridge was struck by a massive freighter, and 1,300 feet of elevated roadway fell into Tampa Bay, sending 35 people to their deaths.

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Complexity and collaboration: Richard Knowles talks problem solving for communities, organizations


Community Voices

Community Voices: DON’T DO ANYTHING! please sit still

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

These words were written by Blaise Pascal over 400 years ago. He was a distinguished French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian.

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Roundup: Covid-19 sacks the XFL, St. Pete software firm connects Covid-19 resources, Ignite goes virtual

Today’s roundup includes news about the Tampa Bay Vipers, NIX United, University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and Technova Florida.

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Catalyst Sessions

Recap: Barbara St. Clair of Creative Pinellas


Your daily dose of levity: Vinik Family Foundation crosses the bridge; Trop turns blue; #BurgBiz; John Prine

Today, the City of St. Petersburg announced that the Vinik Family Foundation donated $100,000 to its small business emergency grant, the Fighting Chance Fund.

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What Does It Really Cost to Run a Restaurant? [Eater]

Restaurants have notoriously slim margins. Mei Mei in Boston reveals just how slim they really are.

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