St. Pete Pier progress: Slow but steady, still on time

Every morning, St. Petersburg City Architect Raul Quintana takes his dog for a walk along the Tampa Bay waterfront. And every morning, the two of them stop at Vinoy Park for a gaze over at the St. Pete Pier, not quite a mile across the choppy blue water.

As a key member of the team steering the $76M project, Quintana enjoys taking notice of progress on the pier from a “civilian” perspective. “It helps me to personalize it a little bit differently than dealing with it on the construction and design side,” he explains.

Construction on the pier began in June 2017; if all goes according to plan, the unveiling will take place at the end of next year.

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Leadership changes in the works at Priatek

The leadership of Priatek, a St. Petersburg advertising technology company, is in flux.

Allen Clary, who previously was an entrepreneur in residence at Tampa Bay Wave and runs the investment firm Signal Point Ventures, said he is coming in as president.

He will provide operational leadership and support for Milind Bharvirkar, who has been president since he founded the company in 2010. Bharvirkar remains at the company as chairman, Clary said.

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Commerce Park takes shape in south St. Petersburg

More than a decade after city leaders began to develop a vision for long-neglected neighborhood in south St. Petersburg, work is moving forward on bringing commercial and industrial companies to the area.

Mayor Rick Kriseman joined business leaders in cutting the ribbon Tuesday afternoon for EMP Industries, a marine manufacturing company that expects to create a marine industry cluster of companies at the site, creating 65 jobs initially, with more expected as the companies grow.

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Infographic: Visiualizing the Global Transition to Green Energy [Visual Capitalist]

A fully green future could be closer than you think. With each passing year, the steadily declining price of renewable energy makes it increasingly competitive against fossil fuels.

Today’s infographic from Raconteur breaks down the material shift towards renewable energy, and where in the world it’s taking place.

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The Hustle

Ned Pope (OnBikes, New Mutiny)

Ned Pope is best known for his prestigious role as Global Technology Project Lead at Nielsen and his extensive background in government, public policy and entrepreneurship advocacy. But outside of his professional life, Pope demonstrates that even the busiest business leaders have side hustles, and these projects are often fueled more by passion than money. From non-profit work at organizations like OnBikes, to touring out his car and playing in the artistic collective New Mutiny, Pope intentionally creates the time to chase his interests and nourish his creativity.

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Global Safety Management

Since 2011, Global Safety Management has innovated in the Safety Data Sheets space. Global Safety Management (GSM) specializes in making Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for various manufacturers. To do so, GSM uses a cloud-based SaaS software that CEO Julia MacGregor-Peralta created.

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The Shuffle

Tony DiBenedetto
CCG Analytics

Chris Efessiou
Alzyn LLC


David Jezek
YMCA of Greater St. Pete

Focus: Local Innovation

Tampa Bay’s culture makes it a great place for Innovation Summit, organizers say

Cutting-edge technology in healthcare and commercial real estate will take center stage in Tampa next week, when Dreamit and Bisnow present the first-ever DxB Innovation Summit Nov. 6 and 7.

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ACUMEN: Design

The business value of design [McKinsey]

How do the best design performers increase their revenues and shareholder returns at nearly twice the rate of their industry counterparts?

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