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‘This is the normal we have to live with:’ Rick Kriseman reflects on the pandemic

Six months ago, when businesses began to shutter with the spread of Covid-19, it was almost inconceivable that the pandemic and its restrictions and limitations would last this long. Yet here we are, with no guarantees of a return to “normal” any time soon. In this series, the Catalyst talks with leaders in business, the arts and government about those six long months, about sacrifices they’ve made, and continue to make in order to survive, and about the future and how it looks to them. This is The New Normal.

Rick Kriseman can’t remember the exact date he learned about the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Pinellas County. Just like it has for all of us, the concept of time has become a little fuzzier as our days are consumed by endless Zoom calls, random home improvement projects and occasionally successful attempts to keep our kids on some sort of schedule.

Synapse aims to inspire, empower entrepreneurs at November conference

Synapse aims to inspire, empower entrepreneurs at November conference

Station House, Coronet 300, Bodega buildings in line to become local historic landmarks

Station House, Coronet 300, Bodega buildings in line to become local historic landmarks

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Jon Reno LaBudde: New leases hindered by ‘Covid cold feet’

Commercial real estate developer Jon Reno LaBudde is a St. Pete native who's spent a lifetime investing in his hometown. When he's not arranging top-dollar sales or leasing everything from storefronts to business towers, he is actively involved in businesses of his own, including the venerable Reno Beach Surf Shop, and The Big Catch at Salt Creek, itself modeled after The Big Catch, LaBudde's longtime and well-remembered downtown restaurant.

Political Party with Adam Smith: Pinellas GOP bullish on Election Day outcome

Pinellas GOP Chairman Todd Jennings is bullish about unseating Democratic County Commissioners Charlie Justice and Janet Long.

‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: Stephanie Gularte

The bulk of Tuesday’s Catalyst Sessions with American Stage CEO and producing artistic director Stephanie Gularte focused on the 2020-21 season, announced a few days ago. It’s an ambitious combination of virtual and live programming, a “first toe in the water” experiment that will, ideally, become a success and a healing exercise once Covid-19 has eased up a bit. “Healing,” however, took on a new meaning during the interview’s second half, as Gularte candidly discussed her diagnosis, back in February, of the progressive, degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa.

Access Catalyst Ep 06 – Impact Connector

Glazer Vision Foundation to contribute $1.5 million for the Glazer Family Playground at The Pier
StPete2050 close to completion
Tampa private equity firm rebrands
St. Pete’s Oaklawn Cemetery focus of USF research funding
Tampa International Airport marks busiest day since pandemic began
BayCare to resume limited visitation at its hospitals

Sep 09 @ 06:30 PM

100 Women Who Care St Petersburg

Sep 09 @ 07:00 PM

The Catalyst Sessions: Lobo

Sep 10 @ 07:00 PM

LWV Pinellas County Sheriff Candidates Forum


‘They need us more than ever:’ Olga Bof talks about the importance of supporting local businesses

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