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As enrollment declines in the wake of consolidation, USF St. Petersburg’s campus looks for solutions

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and all the uncertainty surrounding it, the University of South Florida welcomed more than 5,800 freshmen to its three campuses as part of its summer and fall cohort, a nearly 5 percent increase over the previous year. 

Not only was USF’s freshman class larger, it was also more diverse, with the percentage of Black students rising by 1.3 percent and Hispanic students by 18 percent. Academically, the incoming class excelled as well, with an average high school GPA of 4.18 and SAT score of 1312.

Jabil gets $530,000 tax break from Pinellas County

Jabil gets $530,000 tax break from Pinellas County

School board candidates speak at Wednesday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay virtual forum

School board candidates speak at Wednesday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay virtual forum

St. Pete 2.0 Results: Arts as an economic driver [Part One]

St. Pete 2.0 Results: Arts as an economic driver [Part One]

St. Pete 2.0: Arts as an economic driver [Part Two]

St. Pete 2.0: Arts as an economic driver [Part Two]

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Kriseman: ‘Soak in the moment’ at this week’s sporting events, but don’t forget safety protocols

As St. Petersburg gears up for a busy week of Tampa Bay Rays World Series watch parties and Firestone Grand Prix races, Mayor Rick Kriseman stressed the importance of remaining vigilant in the fight against Covid-19 while still managing to have a little fun.

“There is obviously some cause for concern as Covid infections are ticking back up,” he said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the St. Pete Pier. 

Tomalin talks St. Pete past, present – and political future

Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin good-naturedly fielded a handful of questions, Tuesday on The Catalyst Sessions, about the arts in St. Petersburg – when she was a young person in the city, when there wasn’t much to do (“it was a pretty pedestrian exposure to the arts”), and today. “I don’t recall growing up in a City of the Arts,” she said diplomatically. “That wasn’t my consciousness or awareness. There certainly were some key elements, milestones and markers related to the arts growing up. But I think that the evolution our city has seen, accelerated in the last 25 years, has been a pretty notable and iconic movement along the continuum of being a City of the Arts.”

Herb Snitzer, photographer, on images with impact

On this episode of SPX, Joe visits with legendary photographer Herb Snitzer, a longtime resident of St. Petersburg. In a non-stop career than spanned more than 50 years, Snitzer - as a professional on assignment for Life and Look magazines, the New York Times and other publications - created dozens of now-iconic images of the great jazz musicians of the 1950s and beyond.

Pinellas County Commission extends state of local emergency
Trash Butler expands with acquisition, partnerships
Florida Venture Forum adds New York-based venture fund to its board
Suncoast Developers Guild to offer night courses in coding
Herzing University opens nursing campus in Tampa

Oct 21 @ 07:00 PM

The Catalyst Sessions: Lisa Unger

Oct 22 @ 05:30 PM

IN AWE: Investing In, Nurturing and Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs

Oct 22 @ 08:00 PM

Haunted St Petersburg Ghost Walk


Family, school, the Turkey Trot and the World Series: A few words with Molly Auld


Tony DiBenedetto

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