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Pinellas schools save $33 million on energy use

Pinellas County Schools has extended a partnership with Cenergistic, a nationwide sustainability company, for three years. Since partnering in 2015, the district said it has slashed its energy consumption by 28 percent since 2015, resulting in more than $33 million saved. The average cost per square foot to power Pinellas County Schools has gone from $1.43 in 2015 to $1.17 today, a news release said. The district has been recognized with more than 250 ENERGY STAR Building Certifications, recognition reserved for the top 25 percent of K-12 buildings nationwide, and also earned ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for two consecutive years.

Regions Bank brings Share the Good program to Tampa-St. Petersburg

Regions Bank's annual Share the Good program is serving health care workers in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater who are helping patients and families impacted by Covid-19. Lunch from Chief’s Creole Café was provided to associates at 12 locations of Community Health Centers of Pinellas County, while lunch from Joan’s Catering was provided for associates at 11 TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track clinics. While the bank has provided significant financial support to health care organizations and other community partners, Share the Good provides an opportunity for Regions associates to offer thanks to people who are supporting local communities. Activities are taking place all this week in cities across the Southeast, Midwest and Texas.

Florida Hospital Association names new CEO

Mary Mayhew will become president and CEO of the Florida Hospital Association effective in October. Mayhew is the current secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Mayhew succeeds Bruce Rueben, who stepped down at the end of 2019 after leading the association for 11 years. Executive vice president Crystal Stickle has served as interim president since the start of 2020. Mayhew was identified as the top candidate for the post by a seven-member search committee comprised of key board leadership members, a news release said. The Florida Hospital Association, headquartered in Orlando, represents and advocates for state's hospital community.

Saturday is license-free Saltwater Fishing Day

Florida resident and visitors who want to try saltwater fishing have an opportunity to do that Saturday, Sept. 5 without getting a saltwater fishing license. It's one of eight license-free fishing days the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers each year. All bag limits, closed areas and size restrictions apply on these dates. To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/License.

Rowdies will stay at Al Lang for another year

The St. Petersburg City Council has approved a one-year renewal for an agreement with Rowdies Soccer. The Rowdies will manage, maintain and operate city-owned Al Lang Stadium through Nov. 30, 2021, under the agreement approved by the City Council Thursday. Within the first five months of the term, the Rowdies will notify the city if they want to negotiate a new agreement with a term of not less than three years, beginning in December 2021. The agreement also calls for the city to control all exterior signage at Al Lang except for the marquee sign, which will be controlled by the Rowdies

St. Pete fleet safety company sells to Michigan video tech firm

Zone Defense LLC in St. Petersburg has a new owner. The company was acquired by Pro-Vision, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The purchase price was not disclosed. Zone Defense, founded in 2008, develops, engineers and manufactures advanced vision systems for the automotive and fleet industries. Pro-Vision designs, manufactures and installs vehicle video recording systems, body-worn cameras and video management software for commercial, law enforcement and transit applications. James Markus, CEO of Zone Defense, was named head of commercial solutions for Pro-Vision. Pro-Vision is a portfolio company of private equity firm JMC Capital Partners.

USF research projects get seed funding

The University of South Florida will provide seed funding to 14 research projects designed to address the medical, technological and societal issues of Covid-19. It's the third round of funding by USF for Covid-19 projects, and this round is unique because researchers were challenged to partner with community organizations and corporations so that their projects could more rapidly be put to real-world use, USF said in a news release. USF Research & Innovation is investing nearly $320,000 in the projects, with the Florida High Tech Corridor Council contributing $100,000 in support of five projects. Click here for a full list of projects.

BayCare named one of the country’s top places to work

BayCare Health System has been named one of the top companies in the U.S. by Great Place to Work and People for supporting team members and the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. BayCare ranked sixth for its critical role in responding to Covid-19 and how it impacted the community and team members. The ranking is based on survey feedback from more than 4.7 million employees across the country. BayCare was one of the first health systems in West Central Florida to launch multiple drive-thru testing sites across the region, testing about 50,000 patients since mid-March. BayCare also worked with local health leaders and government officials to address the impact of the virus on long-term care facilities and provided innovative ways to help the community access information about the virus, including pioneering an online screening tool, launching a nurse triage hotline and providing extensive information via a dedicated website.



Bucs name ReliaQuest as cybersecurity partner

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have named ReliaQuest as the team's official cybersecurity partner. Tampa-based ReliaQuest that will use its GreyMatter platform to help protect the Bucs from security breaches and will work with the team on both the on-premise and cloud technologies that power its operations, a news release said. ReliaQuest and the Bucs also will partner on charitable initiatives in the community. ReliaQuest earlier was named the official cybersecurity partner of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, and both the Boston Celtics and Tampa Bay Lightning have also selected ReliaQuest as their official cybersecurity partner.

100 Women Who Care to hold wine event Sept. 9

100 Women Who Care St Petersburg will hold its September meeting Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 6:30- 8 p.m at The Blend, 1211 4th St. North, with limited seating. Attendees can also participate via Zoom. During the meeting, the organization will vote on a nonprofit to receive its Impact Award and financial contribution. The three nominees are The Resurrection House St. Petersburg, The Children's Dream Fund and the Sanderlin Center. To sign up for the event or make a donation, click here

GE radiopharmacy network HQ likely to leave Tampa after acquisition

RLS Inc. has purchased General Electric's U.S. radiopharmacy network, headquartered in Tampa and with 31 pharmacies across 18 states. The network supplies GE Healthcare molecular imaging products. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. RLS, or Radioisotope Life Sciences, aims to invest $2 billion over the next decade to expand the footprint of pharmacies and invest in scientific and technological advancements, a news release said. RLS also  is expected to relocate the headquarters to the east coast of Florida in the near future, and is in talks with economic development councils and municipalities.

Jabil’s scale, diversification cited in new report

Jabil, a manufacturing services business and the largest company headquartered in St. Petersburg, will continue to benefit from an ongoing shift from outsourced manufacturing, a new report from Moody's Investors Service said. The credit agency report was issued in connection with Jabil's shelf registration, offering debt and equity securities. Moody's assigned a Baa3 rating, a lower-level prime rating, to the offering. Moody's also affirmed Jabil's Baa3 rating and stable outlook. The rating affirmation reflects Jabil's (NYSE: JBL) growing scale and increased diversification and those trends are expected to continue once the pandemic subsides, Moody's said in an Aug. 31 report. Moody's expects the company to benefit from its strategic collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, as well as expected growth in packaging of groceries and dry goods.

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