Jordan Park controversy sparks press conference Friday

The troubled saga of Jordan Park continues, as St. Pete City Council chair Lisa Wheeler-Bowman has scheduled a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday at the Carter G. Woodson Museum.

Controversy surrounding the historic African American housing development has been at full boil since the St. Petersburg Housing Authority, which bought back Jordan Park in 2016, announced the proposed demolition of 31 historic units. The units date back to the development’s founding in the late 1930s.

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Seedfunders invests in healthcare innovator Benebay

Seedfunders, LLC has invested in Tampa-based Benebay, a technology startup with an innovative approach to helping small business owners reduce costs, while still maintaining essential (and affordable) healthcare services for their employees.

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Jason Mathis named CEO of St. Pete Downtown Partnership

The board of the St. Pete Downtown Partnership has named Jason Mathis as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mathis comes to St. Pete and the Downtown Partnership with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit space, most recently from the Downtown Alliance of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mathis will hit the ground running. He’ll begin his role remotely on Aug. 6, and be on the ground in St. Petersburg on the 13th.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” said Melissa Seixas, Chair of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership Board.

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Gina Driscoll & Brian Bailey

Status report: No Straws St. Pete [Audio 9:43]

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The Hustle

Matthew Parks [Sunshine Straw Co]

We're very fast on getting things to market, we excel at that so we came out swinging. We came out messaging all the big players in the game saying, "Hey guys, we're making some noise we'd really like to set something up where we can start giving you guys donations."

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We’ve all seen that blue envelope in the mailbox, loaded with money-saving coupons (and $100 for some lucky recipients) from our favorite local businesses. But you may not know Valpak envelopes reach 37 million households nationwide each month plus another 110 million online users.

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The Shuffle

Morgan Brochetti
Habitat for Humanity

Jason Mathis
St. Pete Downtown Partnership


Benjamin Smet

Focus: Social Enterprise

The Competitive Advantage of Social Enterprises

How can social enterprises compete in markets that aren’t focused on impact? Corporate partnerships can help.


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ACUMEN: Collaboration

St Pete nonprofits collaborate to inspire growth [SPG]

Community leaders have long encouraged nonprofit collaboration. The cooperation can take many forms, from programmatic alignment to interdependent service development. Thought capital has been especially proven to inspire strategic and tactical momentum.

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