Top execs at Tampa Bay’s Inc. 5000 companies on their best business decisions

Hundreds crowded into 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg Tuesday night to celebrate the craft brewer and two other Tampa Bay-based companies that made the Inc. 5000 list for the first time this year.

“Getting on the Inc. 5000 list is not easy. It means these companies have grown at a pace that is incomparable to most small businesses,” said Topher Morrison, managing director of leadership development firm Key Person of Influence, which hosted the party to honor its clients, Source 1 Solutions and Sourcetoad.

Key Person of Influence also has a close relationship with 3 Daughters, which was one of 27 companies that also won the “coolest products” award among Inc. 5000 class of 2018, said Morrison, who is a candidate for mayor of Tampa.

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Aircraft and medical manufacturing firm moves to Seminole, hires 80

Low taxes, good weather and a welcoming community all played a role in the decision to move S.S. White Technologies Inc. from New Jersey to Seminole, according to Rahul Shukla, president and CEO.

But the top reason the manufacturing firm relocated? “The No. 1 factor was Florida makes me happy,” Shukla said.

S.S. White cut the ribbon its new 90,000-square-foot headquarters, manufacturing, research and development facility at 8300 Sheen Drive Tuesday, as Pinellas County and Seminole officials officially welcomed the company to the area.

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After the Retail Apocalypse, Prepare for the Property Tax Meltdown [City Lab]

Big-box retailers nationwide are slashing their property taxes through a legal loophole known as "dark store theory." For the towns that rely on that revenue, this could be a disaster.

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Mitch Landrieu on this political moment: “Freedom requires vigilance” [Audio 5:28]

Recorded at Tiger Bay’s 40th Anniversary event, St. Pete Catalyst publisher Joe Hamilton talks race and diversity with Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans (2010-2018).

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The Hustle

Christa Fairbrother (Bee Content Yoga)

Christa Fairbrother began on her path to teaching yoga as a farrier, shoeing horses in a hunched-over position for hours on end each day. She took a yoga class to help with her back, and ended up integrating the practice into her daily routine.

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Selah Freedom

Selah Freedom helps sex trafficking survivors get back on their feet.

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The Shuffle

Heidi Hugh
PACE Center for Girls

Carl Lavender, Jr.
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg


Rachel Carpenter

Focus: Gerrymandering

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s War on Gerrymandering Is Just Beginning [The Atlantic]

The former California governor helped support multiple ballot measures this year that will change how legislative districts are drawn. He already has his eye on more reforms in 2020.

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How to teach artificial intelligence some common sense [WIRED]

FIVE YEARS AGO, the coders at DeepMind, a London-based artificial intelligence company, watched excitedly as an AI taught itself to play a classic arcade game. They’d used the hot technique of the day, deep learning, on a seemingly whimsical task: mastering Breakout,1 the Atari game in which you bounce a ball at a wall of bricks, trying to make each one vanish.

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