The art of conductivity: Maestro Michael Francis of the Florida Orchestra

Suave, erudite and comfortable in a tuxedo, native Londoner Michael Francis could very well be Tampa Bay’s James Bond – if, that is, 007 had wavy red hair, a baby face and an overwhelming obsession with symphonic music.

Michael Francis prefers listeners be stirred, not shaken.

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Development trip puts St. Pete on the radar of five Denver firms

Five Denver companies that are considering expansion or relocation know more about what St. Petersburg has to offer, following a business development mission to the Mile High City by Mayor Rick Kriseman and J.P. DuBuque, president of the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp.

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What’s ahead for Tampa-St. Pete and Florida economies

If Florida was a stock, it would be considered a strong buy, said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which held its annual Economic Outlook and Jobs Summit in Orlando Monday.

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How I Built This: Remembering Herb Kelleher [NPR]

The co-founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, has died. He was 87. We are grateful Herb shared his story with us in 2016. We are republishing it as a tribute to his life and career, in which he transformed the US airline industry.

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The Hustle

Lori Brown & Kevin Godbee (St. Petersburg Foodies)

As the saying goes, the couple that eats together, stays together. Lori Brown and Kevin Godbee are living proof of that aphorism. The couple with perhaps the most refined palate in St. Petersburg are advanced foodies.

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Carter G. Woodson Museum

Located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s historic district, the Carter G. Woodson Museum is a demonstration of the ongoing commitment to preserve African-American history.

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The Shuffle

Beth Cahill
Skyway Capital Markets

Michael Johnson
Skyway Capital Markets


Peter Kageyama
Author, Speaker

Focus: Innovation

Jabil robots help keep grocery shelves stocked

Don’t be surprised if customers at 500 grocery stores in the northeastern United States do a double-take when they see the latest technology tool to keep the stores efficient and safe.

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ACUMEN: Marketing

Treating regular people like influencers is the key to Glossier’s success [Vozx]

The wildly popular beauty brand’s customers are also its biggest evangelists.

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