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Mayor’s diversity council to tackle redevelopment and gentrification during community outreach

The first topic the Fort Myers mayor’s diversity council is set to discuss won’t be an easy one. It’s gentrification. Concerns have been raised because of a redevelopment project approved by the Community Redevelopment Agency on Seaboard Street in Fort Myers, an area near primarily black community of Dunbar. Residents are worried it could change…

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Pinellas County Business News

Pinellas Receives $7.5 Million to Build State-of-the-Art Business Incubator in St. Petersburg “This investment by the EDA, along with support from Pinellas County and our partners at the City of St. Petersburg, will help launch the next generation of entrepreneurs in our community,” shared Commissioner Karen Seel, Chair of the 2019 Pinellas Board of County…

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Public Safety Agencies Deploy Drones to Plan for and Prevent Disasters

Cities, counties and state governments turn to drones to help fight crime, combat fires and assist in rescue efforts. By 2018, at least 910 U.S. sheriff’s offices, police and fire departments, and emergency services agencies had purchased drones, an 82 percent increase from the previous year, according to a study by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard…

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These easy-to-build shelters are helping cities quickly provide cover to the homeless

Two years ago, Tacoma, Washington, declared a state of emergency over homelessness. With 1,300 people experiencing homelessness in the surrounding Pierce County, and hundreds of them living on Tacoma’s streets, officials kicked off a three-phase plan to address the issue. They deployed rapid resource pop-ups, such as hand-washing stations and portables, and worked to expand…

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Over $1 Billion in Impact Reported by Manufacturers Working with the FloridaMakes Network

The FloridaMakes Board of Directors announced today that Florida manufacturers who received services through the state-wide FloridaMakes network have reported a combined total of over one billion dollars in measurable economic impacts and created or retained 6,953 manufacturing jobs since the program started delivering services in 2016. The FloridaMakes network is an industry-led initiative operated…

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