The founder of Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) company ECOncrete has been selected as an awardee of the United Nations’ WE Empower SDG Challenge.
Israeli marine biologist and entrepreneur Shimrit Perkol-Finkel of ECOncrete was chosen to represent the Western Europe and Other region. Just four other female entrepreneurs whose businesses seek to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN were chosen.
ECOncrete is one of the most prominent companies to join the FIBA program, a Tampa-based accelerator that helps Israeli companies enter the U.S. market.
The changing face of downtown St. Petersburg is prompting a revamped and expanded Downtown Looper, a trolley service that historically has connected museums and hotels near the waterfront.
“Looper 2.0” will provide a 72 percent increase in service, said Evan Mory, the city’s director of transportation and parking management.
Starting Sunday, Oct. 7, the Downtown Looper will have a longer route, adding stops in the Innovation District just south of downtown. It will run earlier in the morning and later at night, and will eliminate the current 50-cent fee to ride, Cassandra Borchers, chief development officer at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, told St. Petersburg City Council members earlier this month.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. In a survey published this week, the website 55places.com names the Tampa Bay area – Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater – as the “Best Place to Retire in 2018.”