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Meet the St. Pete Pitch Night companies

The annual pitch competition, hosted by St. Pete Greenhouse, will take place June 21 at Coastal Creative. This year's competing companies will be Bup, Care Collective, Herban Flow, OneBook and Spot. The top winner will receive a $5,000 monetary prize. 

Local companies land on the 2023 Fortune 500 list

The annual Fortune 500 list was published this week and multiple local companies made the list. The rankings of the local companies are as follows: No. 64 TD Synnex, No. 121 Jabil, No. 217 Mosaic, No. 363 Raymond James, No. 317 Crown Holdings, No. 607 Roper Technologies and No. 704 Bloomin's Brands. The full list can be found here

Tampa Bay is among tech job leaders

VentureBeat recently released a report naming some of the best metropolitan areas for technology workers outside Silicon Valley, Boston and New York City. Tampa Bay made the cut, alongside places like Seattle and Portland. The publication said the region is “emerging as Florida’s tech capital,” as it is home to 25% of the state’s technology jobs and fosters new growth.

MarineMax acquires boat dealer

Clearwater-based yacht retailer MarineMax has acquired C&C Boat works, a family-owned Minnesota boat dealer. The deal terms were not disclosed in the recent acquisition. "This is a business we have known for many years, one that shares our team-focused culture and dedication to service excellence. The addition of C&C Boat Works, which follows our 2021 acquisition of Nisswa Marine, enhances our ability to serve customers and realize further efficiencies across our operations in the region," MarineMax CEO Brett McGill said in the June 2 announcement. 

St. Pete Youth Farm turns four

The St. Pete Youth Farm is celebrating its fourth birthday Friday. Carla Bristol, collaboration manager, often says she grows nutritious food and community leaders simultaneously, and the event will also serve as a reunion. The public can participate in the celebration, which starts at 6 p.m. at 1664 12th St. S. and features food, music and games.

Tampa leads nation in heat wave frequency

According to a recent report by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, Tampa has seen the nation’s sharpest spike in heat wave frequency. The EPA defines heat waves as two or more days where the temperature is “abnormally and uncomfortably hot” and “outside the historical averages for a given area.” In addition to frequency, Tampa’s heat wave “season” has gained 92 days since 1961, the third-most in the country.

Donald Harrison Quartet jazz concert postponed

Thursday's Palladium Theater/Side Door performance by legendary New Orleans musician Donald Harrison and his band has been postponed. The jazz saxophonist suffered a heart attack Sunday in Hawaii, and is recovering. All three of the group's Florida shows were postponed until further notice.

Developer breaks ground on micro-unit apartments

Real estate firm REM Capital has officially broken ground for its micro-unit apartment complexes at 770 4th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. The micro-unit complexes dubbed Ellington Place, named after American music legend Duke Ellington, will feature over 220 units in the dual-branded complex. One of the buildings will be developed at 200 17th St. N. in the Edge District. REM Capital’s units will range from 450 to 750 square feet, with rents ranging from $1,800 to over $2,500. 

Evara Health receives $2M to help address Black maternal health crisis

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and leadership from Evara Health, formerly the Community Health Centers of Pinellas, announced today that $2 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will go toward confronting the Black maternal health crisis. The funding will help improve health outcomes for patients at high risk for maternal morbidity and mortality. While awards were made across the country totaling more than $65 million, Evara was the sole Florida awardee. 

Local college implements new solar apprenticeship program

St. Petersburg College and the Florida Solar Energy Center have partnered to provide more certified solar workers. According to the announcement, the new course represents the nation’s first solar energy apprenticeship program registered with the U.S. Labor Department. Students receive hands-on and in-classroom training before graduating with their North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certification.

Pinellas officials to host 911 career fair

Pinellas County Government officials are looking to hire up to 10 public safety telecommunicator trainees to handle 911 calls. Those interested can attend a regional career fair Thursday, June 15, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Public Safety Complex at 10750 Ulmerton Rd. in Largo. Applicants can also tour the facility and speak with hiring managers and staff. For more information, visit the website here.

St. Pete renters pay same amount for smaller space

According to a recent RentCafe analysis, a $1,500 monthly payment will get St. Petersburg tenants a 664-square-foot apartment. Tampa renters can occupy a 734-square-foot apartment for the same price. Both are below the national average of 782 square feet for $1,500 per month.

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