News

St. Petersburg unveils $6.8 million fund for small businesses hurt by Covid-19

The fund will award grants to restaurants, bars, retail and service-based businesses in St. Petersburg that are owned by city residents and employ 25 or fewer people, as well as to their employees. There are about 900 St. Pete-owned and operated businesses in those four categories that collectively employ about 3,000 workers

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BayCare prepares huge bond sale as Covid-19 bites into operations, investment portfolio

BayCare Health System is expected to sell up to $600 million in bonds the week of April 13 to build a new hospital in Wesley Chapel and to finance improvements at seven other hospitals.

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DeSantis suspends foreclosures, evictions

Floridians who are behind on their rent or their mortgage payment won’t have to worry about being kicked out of their homes until mid-May, under an executive order signed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Media

A full recap of economic resources for impacted businesses, with PCED’s Mike Meidel

On this episode of Chamber Coronavirus Impact Insights, Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development joins Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber and Joe Hamilton, publisher of St. Pete Catalyst talk about the many efforts throughout Pinellas County to provide the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed for local hospitals, as well as the financial assistance available to impacted businesses.

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Culture

‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: Nate Najar and Daniela Soledade

Thursday evening on The Catalyst Sessions, we indulged in a bit of bossa nova with Nate Najar and Daniela Soledade.

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The Shuffle

Ben Pratt
The Mosaic Company

Zaps

Impact

Impact Catalyst: Episode 2

Episode 2 of Impact Catalyst features David Jezek, President and CEO of the St. Petersburg YMCA

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Roundup

Roundup: Leadership St. Pete launches stay home campaign, panic buying drops, sports teams serve up food donations

Today’s roundup includes news from Leadership St. Pete, Catalina, BeniComp Health Solutions, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Rowdies and USF Health.

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Influencer

David Jezek
St. Petersburg YMCA

Vintage St. Pete

Capone, The Babe, The Gangplank and Jungle Prada

Stories have circulated for nearly a century about Al Capone and Babe Ruth, two famous figures in American history, and their ties to the area of western St. Petersburg known, in different eras, as The Jungle, Jungle Prada and Jungle Terrace.

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Events

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Your daily dose of levity: ‘You Are Not Alone’, Meg Stalter, ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’

Students from Bay Area Performing Arts & Casting brought tears to our eyes today, with their incredible rendition of You Are Not Alone, shot from dozens of different phones, in different homes across the bay area. It’s a great video with a wonderful message and today it gives us a lot of hope in a pretty dark time.

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