New St. Pete Downtown Partnership CEO brings fresh perspective

“How do you preserve the best of St. Pete, while recognizing that St. Pete is going to change?” That’s a central question for Jason Mathis, the new Chief Executive Officer of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.

Mathis was hired to lead the Downtown Partnership – a private organization that invests in project-based initiatives in city core to benefit St. Petersburg businesses and citizens – in July. After an extensive, months-long search process, he will fill the role left vacant by former CEO Joni James, who stepped down in late 2017. Mathis brings 20+ years of experience in nonprofit work – most recently with the Downtown Alliance of Salt Lake City.

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Chillounge Night founder celebrates 10 illuminating years

If you’re going to throw a party, Rainer Scheer believes, make it big and make it memorable.

Scheer is the creator of Chillounge Night, an upscale moveable feast of cool, illuminated lounge furniture, mood lighting, food, drink, entertainment and more. Scheer’s outdoor, nighttime concept is celebrating 10 years in 2018, and in keeping with his hard-earned reputation as the selfless host with the most, he’s not throwing himself a self-congratulatory bash.

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The American Nightmare [The Penny Hoarder]

Ten years ago, the economy was imploding. In late 2017, The Penny Hoarder asked readers to tell them their foreclosure stories. More than 50 people responded.

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[Planet Money] Episode 861: Food Scare Squad

When food starts making people sick all across the country, before there's a national announcement or a public panic, there's a rapid response team of germ detectives that jumps into action to try and save the day, and sometimes, to save the harvest too.

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The Hustle

Mirela Setkic (Kapok Marketing)

Mirela Setkic is a go-getter with a passion for digital marketing. A graduate of Tampa Bay's own University of South Florida, she is well versed in her field and has founded her own marketing company with these skills.

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Bringing savings to your doorstep since 1968.

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The Shuffle

Tim Hudson
CFO Strategic Partners

Patrick Worsham
Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa


David Jezek
St. Pete YMCA

Focus: String

The Long, Knotty, World-Spanning Story of String

String is far more important than the wheel in the pantheon of inventions.


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ACUMEN: Curiosity

The Business Case for Curiosity[HBR]

New research shows that curiosity is vital to an organization's performance - as are the particular ways in which people are curious and the experiences they are exposed to.

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