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Senate District 24: Brandes, Cross talk transportation, criminal justice reform

As the race for the Florida state senate seat for District 24 heats up, Republican incumbent Jeff Brandes and Democratic challenger Lindsay Cross display clear differences in their approaches to public policy.

Brandes generally has less faith than Cross in government's ability to solve District 24's problems.

On Nov. 6, voters will decide for themselves which candidate will better serve state senate District 24, a district encompassing most of the southern half of Pinellas County.

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Photo Gallery: “Building a resilient state” – St. Pete Town Hall with Andrew Gillum

A crowd of hundreds gathered to see Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum speak in St. Petersburg at St. Petersburg College’s Gibbs Campus Friday morning. The line for admission snaked around buildings and doubled over through the lawn.

The crowd was so large that it far exceeded the capacity of the tiny theater allotted for an intimate town hall, and hundreds, even those who arrived an hour prior to the event’s start, were turned away.

On Gillum’s first day back on the campaign trail following Hurricane Michael’s devastation of the panhandle, he broke from town hall protocol, remarking on the hurricane and his time in Tallahassee. Gillum took the opportunity to bear down on his opponent’s views on climate change and environmental protection, while emphasizing his commitment to alternative energy.

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Apple helps Jabil grow and other Tampa Bay business news briefs

St. Petersburg-based manufacturing services company Jabil Inc. got the largest percentage of its total revenue from Apple Inc. in its just-ended fiscal year than any other year to date.

Jabil, which supplies components for the iPhone, said in a regulatory filing late Friday that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) accounted for 28 percent of Jabil’s $22.1 billion in total revenue in the fiscal year ended Aug. 31.

That’s an increase from each of the past three fiscal years, when Apple accounted for 24 percent of Jabil’s total revenue; Apple was responsible for even smaller percentages prior to that, regulatory filings show.

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Media

Meet Florida CEED: SVP Tampa Bay

Over the past weeks, the Catalyst has been introducing each of the organizations competing in the 2018 Social Venture Partner’s Fast Pitch. Click to meet CEED and get your tickets.

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The Hustle

James Spencer (Crescent Womb)

Sometimes, innovation comes out of necessity. In 2014, as a 22-year old soon-to-be father and business student at St. Pete College, James Spencer took every parenting class he could, studying up on his new role. The Seminole native was particularly concerned about sleep safety - and uncovered a need in his own family and beyond for an affordable infant safety bed. Out of that need, Crescent Womb was born - designed for his own daughter, Stella.

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Profile

Bay Tech Label

Since 1986, Bay Tech Label has been Tampa Bay’s premier provider of labels, tags and packaging.

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The Shuffle

Laura Iversen
Bovie Medical Co.

Maria S. Lucas
Accenture

Influencer

Amy Rettig
Nielsen

Focus: Women

Taking a risk landed these Florida businesswomen in the C-suite

The path to the C-suite involved a detour on the career ladder for leading executives at Frontier Communications, WellCare Health Plans, Soma and Pilot Bank.

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ACUMEN: Credit

The Art of Claiming Credit [HBR]

Women have to work harder to be recognized for our ideas. And that recognition is essential for getting the assignments and the promotions we deserve — for moving our careers forward. We talk about how to present an idea in a group so that you come out owning it. Next, we cover how to respond when someone takes credit for your work. Guests: Amy Jen Su and Amy Gallo.

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